Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Justin Bieber opens up about 'getting the right treatment' for incurable illness
Justin Bieber recently took to Instagram to share his diagnosis after comments were flurrying on social media based on the singer's appearance saying that the singer might have a drug problem after blotches were spotted on his skin.
In a post that now can't be found on the singer's feed, the caption read, "While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like s***, on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health. These things will be explained further in a docu series I'm putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I've been battling and OVERCOMING!! It's been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever NO CAP."
Lyme disease in the United States is most often spread by deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) that carry with them the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, and rarely bacterium Borrelia mayonii. The bites of the tick - they look like target signs, often known as the 'bullseye rash' - often go unnoticed and the symptoms aren't always that obvious. It becomes troublesome as symptoms can creep in months later when the bacteria causes inflammation to joints, brain, muscles, spinal cord, heart, and the nervous system.
The array of symptoms makes the disease very hard to diagnose.
Bieber's documentary that released on January 27, titled 'Justin Bieber: Seasons' talks about the symptoms the singer endured in 2019 where he says that his condition went undiagnosed for much of that year. It wasn't until later that year that doctors were able to put a finger on the issues and diagnose him. The docuseries also further revealed the truth behind Bieber's viral photo where he is seen crying - it was revealed that he was suffering with extreme depression and had no idea what was wrong with him.
In episode five of the docuseries, the singer explains more about his symptoms where he said that he was struggling with lack of energy for a while and that a series of tests revealed his diagnosis. Dr Erica Lehman, a Lyme disease specialist and Justin’s doctor, said, "Lyme disease is the fastest-growing bacterial infection in the United States right now. It can cause a whole spectrum of neuropsychiatric symptoms -- mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety. Justin fits the picture of these symptoms.”
It was also revealed that the singer had been diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr (EBV), commonly known as mono.
His wife, Hailey Bieber also chimed on what it was like for her husband to suffer from the illness adding "now that we have all the answers and know-how to alleviate it and fix it. I think he’s honestly not only healthier than he’s ever been, but he’s on the road to maintaining a healthier life than he ever has."
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that causes symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, fatigue, and even neurological symptoms. The disease often goes misdiagnosed or undetected, causing the illness to exacerbate in individuals
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