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Media Title Morven-May MacCallum still suffers nine years after treatment began.

Morven-May MacCallum states that her life is still "completely dominated by Lyme disease". nine years after the start of treatment.

About 200 people a year in Scotland have the disease, but the true number is estimated to be much higher.

The disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a bite of an infected tick

The Scottish chief physician has written to all state health authorities and general practitioners in the country, urging them to be vigilant against Lyme disease.

Catherine Calderwood's advice goes back to an increase in debilitating cases.

She said physicians should be aware of the risks if the patient has run outdoors in areas with ticks in the past.

Ms. Calderwood said it was difficult for general practitioners because a patient's symptoms might be vague ̵

1; fatigue, soreness, maybe a runny nose – and the likelihood of Lyme disease was low.

There is a pronounced rash that is shaped like a bull's eye, but does not occur at everyone. This can make the diagnosis more difficult.

According to health guidelines, antibiotic treatment is an effective treatment for most people, yet many claim to be chronic form of the disease, which persists with severe symptoms.

Such a condition is not generally accepted by doctors.

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At 14, Morven suddenly became ill

Morven-May of the Black Isle is now 26, but she was only 14 when she suddenly fell ill.

"She told the BBC Disclosure program Under The Skin.

" I was training to climb Mount Morven in Caithness. I was one of those really annoying people who never stopped. I just kept going. I just jumped around everywhere. "

All this changed when what started to feel like a flu got more serious.

She said," I would fall asleep on the school bus and I would come home and just I collapse on the couch I literally got up, went to school and collapsed in utter exhaustion every day.

"It came to the point where I had to leave school at 16 because I was so weak every day when I came home from school could not walk."

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The Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks

Her doctors believed she had a chronic fatigue syndrome, but then a neighbor who suffered from Lyme disease intervened.

Morven-May said, "They had seen me struggling to leave, and they said to my mother," Have you been thinking about Lyme disease? "

" She has it really researched and presented the research to the doctors and professionals I saw, and they once again refused to accept that it could be because of all my blood tests for Lyme disease came back again and again as negative.

It was eventually confirmed by a Lyme Disease expert in a private clinic in England.

Morven-May said, "She diagnosed me clinically after she had examined my history and then ordered blood tests to go to America and to Germany, and they came back positive with Lyme Disease.

It has now been nine years since she started treatment, but she said her life is still "completely controlled by the disease."

"There's not a single second I feel like whether it is not under my control and does not monopolize my body, "she said.

Lyme Disease

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There is often a pronounced bullseye rash

  • Ticks that cause Lyme disease are common throughout the UK.
  • High-risk areas include grasslands and woodlands in the South of England and the Scottish Highlands. Put your pants on the socks, use insect repellent and stick to the trails.
  • If you are bitten, remove the tick with a pair of fine tweezers or a tick-removing device available from the pharmacy.
  • Cleanse the bite with antiseptic or soap and water
  • The risk of disease is low, as only a few ticks are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme borreliosis.
  • You do not have to do anything unless you get sick.
  • You should go to your general practitioner if you have been bitten by a tick or visited an area where infected ticks have been found and have flu-like symptoms or a circular red rash Muscles or nausea

Source: NHS Choices [1 9659043] Lyme was first recorded by doctors in the United States in the 1970s.

In the United Kingdom, reported cases are increasing and the Highlands are considered as sources of infection.

Dr. James Douglas, a general practitioner in Lochaber, regularly monitors patients with this disease.

He told BBC Scotland's Disclosure that the tick bite would be the first obvious sign, but if the bacteria penetrated deeper into the body, it could cause a fairly serious illness.

"It can primarily affect the nervous system and cause paralysis," he said.

"It can attack the joints and if it does come at that time, antibiotics can certainly get rid of the bacteria, but in a percentage of people, some really pretty debilitating symptoms remain for a considerable amount of time."

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Dr. Lucy Gilbert is a tick specialist, but a doctor refused to believe her about Lyme disease

Dr. Lucy Gilbert from the University of Glasgow is a leading expert on ticks and Lyme disease.

When she was bitten, her doctor refused to accept it, it could be Lyme disease.

Gilbert: "It was really frustrating because I knew I had it, I found a tick on me, I knew it was the right kind of tick, it had been on for at least 24 hours, it came from an area I knew that other people were previously infected with Lyme disease, I had the bullseye rash that was supposed to be diagnostic. "

Later, another doctor prescribed intravenous antibiotics and she recovered completely.

Most doctors say that definitive evidence of chronic or long-term Lyme disease has not been provided.

Dr. Douglas said there was "scientific uncertainty" in understanding how the immune system of different people responded to the bacterium.

He said, "I think what happened is that the bacteria are no longer there, but I think their immune system is still very active and that they get these symptoms due to the activity of the immune system, and almost the body Kind of fight itself. "

Disclosure: Under the skin is on BBC 1 Scotland at 20:30 on Monday, June 17 and on the iplayer.

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