British-French skier’s three-year Lyme disease battle

‘It felt like someone rummaging around in my knees with a needle. It moved to my jaw, my shoulders. In the end, it was all over’ says Tom Jeannesson

Days are getting longer, spring is around the corner and we can look forward to country walks but, as The Connexion finds, something nasty might be in the long grass

When Justin Bieber revealed his battle with Lyme disease, it raised the profile of an illness that can hide, mimic other diseases, and be hard to diagnose as the tell-tale red bulls-eye rash does not always show.

That is what happened to Tom Jeannesson, 18, an up-and-coming British-French skier from Grenoble who fell victim to Lyme disease in December 2016.

“At first I had a fever and felt really down, and then it felt like someone rummaging around in my knees with a needle.

“It moved to my jaw, my shoulders. In the end, it was all over.

“I was exhausted, sleeping 13-14 hours a day, each day, and still tired.

The doctor gave me broad spectrum antibiotics, but they didn’t help.

He ran blood tests for everything he could think of, and added Lyme disease as an ...

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