Treatment, further studies, and insurance coverage for Lyme Disease patients in Louisiana.

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Many people are not aware that Lyme Disease is prevalent in Louisiana. Nor, are they aware of the thousands of people that are suffering from late stage Lyme. The disease is often misdiagnosed therefore the patients are often disabled by the time it is found. The disease causes flu like symptoms, facial nerve paralysis, fainting, Lyme carditis, severe headaches and back stiffness, pain and swelling in large joints, memory loss, cognitive impairment, neuropathy, psychiatric disorders, trouble swallowing, and sezuires. The treatment is comparable to chemotherapy meaning you must get worse in order to get better. There are only two Lyme Literate Doctors in Louisiana. The insurance companies may only pay for a month worth of treatment ( a port and iv medication) which does not help late state Lyme. It is truly sad that the state of Louisiana does not recognize this to be an issue. I have had late state Lyme Disease for 4 years now and since I have found that there are many other people in Louisiana with it , paying out of pocket and going broke trying to receive the health that they once had. I've had to quit my job in order to treat for this disease. It affects every person that is involved with the patient. Please help the people in Louisiana suffering with this. It is fatal and our quality of life is horrible , often leaving us to suicidal thoughts. We need to bring awareness to our officials, healthcare providers, and insurance companies. Thank you in advance for the support. 



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