Radio interview with Joe Duffy
For the uninitiated, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” is, for all intents and purposes, a regular song expounding the trials and tribulations of unrequited love.
However, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” is a cautionary tale of contracting Lyme Disease and the signs and symptoms one might expect to experience when bitten by the bug … and we ain’t talking LOVE, in this instance!
Ticks are opportunistic and will literally jump onto you from a blade of grass or a path-side fern as you pass them by.
A quintessential feature of a recent infection with Lyme Disease is the Bullseye rash, which is an expanding target-style rash which can appear at, close to, or indeed away from the site bite. Here’s a picture. Unfortunately this rash is only visible in approximately 50% of cases
Heart pounding, palpitations and cardiac arrhythmia is a common feature of both acute and chronic Lyme Disease.
The knees are some of the first large joints to be effect by borrelia burgdorferi and many sufferers will feel “weak at the knees” as well as have very painful and even swollen knees at time.
Shaking is a common sign of neuro-borreliosis, where the bacteria are attacking the central nervous system.
High temperatures are also often seen at the onset of a newly acquired Lyme infection, which is accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
Swooning and dizziness are a common features of the disease, with Lyme patients being know for their accident-proneness, fainting and general wooziness……
Sleeplessness and insomnia, along with night sweats, are classic signs of chronic Lyme Disease, as the bacteria dys-regulate the endocrine system which governs the sleep/wake cycles.
Many Lyme patients feel that they are losing their minds both in terms of memory problems and also in the face of a medical system that does not acknowledge their collection of symptoms, often putting them down as depression/anxiety/psych cases.
There is a time frame built into the background of this song which really is about telling people that the longer you leave an embedded tick in you the higher your risks are of becoming infected, if that tick is carrying infectious pathogens. So the sooner you get it out the better!
The costs of treating chronic Lyme Disease are enormous and patients will most likely need to maintain some level of treatment throughout life, on an ongoing basis. There is no total cure for Lyme disease, only remission, by keeping those bacteria at bay, so all those infected with Borrelia Burdorferi will be carrying those bugs with them til the day they die.