What it's really like to have Lyme disease, an illness that's difficult to diagnose and can take years to recover from

Business Insider | 1/13/2020 | Kiara Keane
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Justin Bieber shared a TMZ article on his Instagram page last week announcing that he has been suffering from Lyme disease, and had been trolled by fans over his appearance.

Lyme disease is spread by infected ticks, and has a huge range of symptoms including fever, mood changes, joint and nerve pain, and severe fatigue. It can also lead to facial paralysis and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Infection - Range - Symptoms - Likelihood - Tick

The bacterial infection is difficult to diagnose due to the wide range of symptoms and the actual likelihood of spotting a tick bite being relatively low, according to The Guardian.

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease after getting bitten by a tick in St James's Park, next to Buckingham Palace in London. I suffered from symptoms including short-term memory loss, joint pain, and severe fatigue.

Course - Antibiotics - Months - Symptoms

I was treated with a two-week course of antibiotics, but it took around 18 months for my symptoms to completely subside.

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