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South Dakota Online Lyme Support is a virtual meeting place and source for information and emotional support for people with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases living in South Dakota. People who move to South Dakota from another state may develop late symptoms from a tick-borne disease they acquired somewhere else.


Ticks in South Dakota can carry several different diseases. If the tick that bites you is infected, it can inject Lyme bacteria into your bloodstream within a few hours of attachment. If you don't notice the tick, infection will occur in almost 100%. The bacteria invade your brain in less than 24 hours. Early symptoms often include headache, fever, aches and pains - in other words, a flu-like illness.

These early signs can clear up on their own, but the disease can come back weeks or months later, affecting the brain and nervous system, heart, joints and other organs.

Lyme disease is under-recognized, under-diagnosed, under-treated, and under-reported. Many people do not remember being bitten by the poppy-seed-sized tick. Doctors often prefer more familiar diagnoses like chronic fatigue, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, or mental illness - all Lyme disease mimics. Too strict interpretation of insensitive tests leaves many people in a diagnostic limbo, getting sicker and without proper treatment. Most cases are not reported, leading to artificially low numbers, less recognition of the true costs of the disease and less funding for research.

Please use this group to inform yourself and help others.

DISCLAIMER: All information posted on this site is the opinion of the author(s)alone and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice regarding the treatment of any symptoms or disease. You should obtain the medical advice of your personal physician before pursuing any treatment mentioned here.

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  • Lyme Disease
  • Apr 15, 2008
  • English

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