Yet, even this new bigger number is based on insurance claims–which only show up when people have been diagnosed with Lyme disease. We all know how hard it is to get diagnosed with Lyme. So how many people actually have it? Much higher than 329,000, I dare say.
“We’ve always had the understanding that cases are under-reported, so we always knew that surveillance doesn’t capture every case,” said one of the researchers. “This study helps capture and quantify this fact.”
Yet, according to Minnesota Public Radio, some infectious disease docs are pushing back about the new number:
In my ten years of communicating with Lyme patients, not ONE of them complained that their doctor was “too quick” to identify their problem as Lyme disease. And in a survey by LymeDisease.org, more than half of patients had to see seven or more physicians before finally being diagnosed with Lyme disease. Over a third saw 10 or more!
So the CDC is finally recognizing that 329,000 people get diagnosed with Lyme every year. Maybe that’s a baby step in the right direction. But what about the suffering thousands who don’t get diagnosed and continue to be kicked to the curb by the medical establishment? When will our health officials step up and give them the help they deserve?