Lyme Disease Battle for a Little Girl and Her Family

November 13, 2017

Lyme Disease Battle for a Little Girl and Her Family

A Rochester mother of a 6-year old girl named, Ella is suffering from Chronic Lyme’s Disease. She woke up on a winter day in January complaining to her mother that her knee hurt with some chest pains. 

Ella started to miss school due to some debilitating headaches and knee pains. Her mom and dad thought it was only growing pains and injury from sports. Then one day, Ella woke up and she could not walk. The doctors did numerous testing and blood work where Ella was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease. Since then, their lives have been forever changed. Ella who is now 9-years-old has done more blood work and has taken so many medications and supplements than an average adult will have in their lifetime.

Most times Ella’s Lyme Disease will flare up during colder seasons, and the warmer weather normally puts her worst symptoms at bay. However, days after the warmer season, she was complaining of knee pain and chest pains. So, why the spike in symptoms? Well, because it’s Lyme.

Lyme will come and go when it pleases. So, the only the family is left with is to advocate for others and share Ella’s story with hopes of educating other people to be more proactive and know the signs of Lyme disease.

Check for Ticks:

Tick population is rising, it is important to check ourselves and our children as much as possible after being outdoors. Ticks can be found anywhere, they are in our children’s playgrounds, ball fields, the woods, and even our own backyards.

It’s important to understand that Ticks are sometimes smaller than a poppy seed. It is crucial to check the entire body, pay attention to darker areas like the groin, behind the ears, nape of the neck, and armpits.

What Do I Do If I found A Tick?

Make sure to remove the tick in its entirety by pulling on the opposite direction than its embeded. Place the tick in a plastic bag to be sent of for testing. There are steps for more information on where you can send it at

Lyme-literate doctors will typically recommend antibiotic treatments for a minimum of three weeks. The faster the disease is treated the better the results.

Know The Signs:

Many Lyme sufferers never recall being bitten by a tick. Normally, a bulls-eye rash is a good sign that Lyme is present in the system. There are also other symptoms such as fatigue, high fever, flu-like symptoms, muscle pains, and headaches. 

Lyme disease and the co-infections it causes are complex and challenging to treat. Our approach gives patients the best chance at overall health, but it still takes time and work to recover fully. If you are interested in more information about our Lyme disease treatment options, call us or contact us online today at 703-246-9355

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