Kelly Haazen Reveals Patient Unrest, Gaps in Lyme Disease Treatment

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Kelly Haazen explains the challenges that are dividing patients from effective Lyme disease treatment.

Lyme disease is a condition that countless individuals, including Kelly Haazen, battle on a daily basis. Although the disease itself is diagnosed by doctors around the world each day, a recently published article released by The Boston Globe explains that the treatment options available to patients are less than satisfactory. Haazen asserts that it is important for researchers to continue to delve into the details surrounding this disease and for patients to understand what, exactly, they can do to improve their condition.

The article explains: "Tick-borne diseases receive only about $60,000 annually in state funding and a fraction of the attention, though Lyme makes many more people miserable for weeks on end with flu-like symptoms and fatigue. Patients who go untreated have reported facial paralysis, arthritis, heart blockage, extreme fatigue, mental decline, irritability, depression, and other problems, although very rarely death [...] [Lyme] can be a catchall label for vague and wide-ranging health complaints. For those who truly have it, [Dr.] Steere says, a month or less of antibiotics will always rid the body of infection, although up to three months may be needed to treat Lyme arthritis, a later-stagy symptom of the disease."

The fact of the matter is, according to Haazen, Lyme disease is still shrouded in mystery. With only an elemental understanding of the condition, today's healthcare professionals are not able to adequately treat this condition in all of the patients who may have it.

"One of the challenges with chronic Lyme disease, in particular, is that it seems to be somewhat of an enigma to doctors," comments Kelly Haazen. "The catch-all solution is antibiotics, but over the long term the effectiveness of this treatment option can diminish. Personally, I feel as though my only option is to self-medicate with natural remedies, such as vitamin B drops and vitamin D supplements. While these do help to counteract the devastating fatigue of chronic Lyme disease, this approach just isn't good enough to manage the condition. It is crucial that further research is conducted to address this issue effectively."

But identifying Lyme disease is not the only problem. In fact, the issue extends even beyond finding treatment options that work consistently. According to the article, numerous insurance companies are not willing to cover the extended antibiotic treatment that many doctors recommend to address this condition. Furthermore, the article asserts, the inability to corroborate a patient's assertion that they have chronic Lyme disease has sparked a great deal of distrust between doctors and patients. Haazen notes that this is a problem that is common to many conditions that are difficult to quantify or identify without question.

Lyme disease is a medical concern that has caused countless fatalities and works to diminish the quality of life that individuals experience each and every day. As such, Kelly Haazen urges the medical community to continue to look for treatment and diagnostic processes that will better serve the needs of patients who have this disease.


Kelly Haazen is an individual who is living with chronic Lyme disease. Dedicated to raising awareness of this condition, Haazen works to educate individuals regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme. Aside from her work with this regard, Haazen is an art enthusiast, avid traveler, wife, and mother.

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