Another Star Fights Lyme Disease: Singer Avril Lavigne

Another Star Fights Lyme Disease: Singer Avril Lavigne

The rich and famous get the same run around as we do according to the recent press release and interview by People Magazine with Rock Star Avril Lavigne.

Watch News Story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/avril-lavigne-lyme-disease-questions-answered/story?id=30046495

[NOTE: Things on video that are incorrect:

  • You can contract Lyme from a tick in less than 36 hours.
  • Lyme is in all 50 states and in every country on the planet.
  • You don’t always get a bulls eye rash.
  • Early antibiotic treatments may not cure if you aren’t given enough for the correct length of time which may be longer than many doctors prescribe. ]

According to People Magazine:

When Avril Lavigne went to Las Vegas with a couple girlfriends last October to celebrate the milestone, she felt like doing anything but partying – in fact, she’d been feeling terrible for several months, but the doctors she’d seen couldn’t pinpoint exactly what was wrong with her.

“I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover story. ” My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know.”

Shortly after, following months of feeling lethargic and lightheaded, the normally energetic singer got her diagnosis: she had a severe case of Lyme disease.

“I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” says Lavigne, who believes she was bit by a tick sometime last spring. ” I was bedridden for five months.”

The Canadian singer has been recuperating at her home in Ontario, where she spends time with family, watches movies and keeps up with fans through social media.

“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” she says. “I thought I was dying.”

Her mom moved in to help take care of her, while her husband Chad Kroeger, 40, stepped in when he could during breaks in his tour with Nickelback.

“There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” she says. “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”

And while she had her share of dark moments, one thing that helped her get through the long days was knowing her fans were out there, waiting for her to get better.

Avril feels about 80% recovered from getting better rest, meditation, diet, exercise and she is also on antibiotics.

Never feel alone in your struggle – Avril is hardly a hypochondriac and yet she was treated the same way many of us were by the very doctors we counted on to help us.

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