Ticked Off in Epping

Why the rules around Lyme Dis­ease need chang­ing

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Since Epping mum Pam Con­nel­lan was bit­ten by a tick in 2013, she de­vel­oped Lyme Dis­ease and hasn’t been able to work full-time since. She had trou­ble walk­ing, was be­set with brain fog, couldn’t sleep, de­vel­oped a raft of food al­ler­gies and had con­stant pains in joints and mus­cles. Af­ter doc­tors came up with a wide range of di­ag­noses, her in­ter­net re­search took her to a Ger­man clinic near Mu­nich. There, she un­der­went hy­pother­mia treat­ment, where the body’s tem­per­a­ture is raised to 42C for two hours, un­der close scru­tiny by doc­tors. It boosts the im­mune sys­tem and kills the cul­prit Borel­lia strain. The treat­ment which cost $20,000 worked in­stantly, and to­day she’s 90% bet­ter.

“I feel like I lost five years of my life. What would re­ally help is if the gov­ern­ment made all the treat­ments claimable and avail­able. In­stead we have to fund our own re­cov­ery which is in­cred­i­bly com­plex and ex­pen­sive, of­ten go­ing over­seas for it.”

Pamela Con­nel­lan suf­fered Lyme Dis­ease for years be­fore tak­ing dras­tic ac­tion to heal her­self

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