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Published On: Fri, Apr 18th, 2014

Debbie Gibson writes about her battle with Lyme disease

Singer Debbie Gibson disclosed this week on her blog that since 2013, she has been battling Lyme disease. She writes about it in a post called, “When life hands you a lemon…or Lyme”.

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Gibson notes that she can’t say where she contracted the bacterial disease; however, she started displaying symptoms last spring.

It started with food sensitivities, progressing to  nerve pain and muscle fatigue. Not sure what she was dealing with, she sought medical treatment. “I got tested for everything under the sun, though it did not occur to me, or my West Coast doctors, to test for Lyme. It is typically an East Coast thing.”

Then came the weight loss: “ I just kept resting and meditating and eating a ton of protein and fat to try to keep weight on… egg yolks, red meat, you name it! But the weight kept failing off and I had a gaunt and “spinewy” look and felt extremely fragile as well as emotional and depressed. I could barely walk. I started feeling numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, which is very disconcerting for a pianist and dancer to say the least. Night sweats, chills, fever, nerve tremors, nightmares, and migraine headaches were at a fever pitch without a minute of relief.” For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

Gibson went through several misdiagnosis’ and a plethora of treatments–“I would continue to cycle in and out of this flu like state and my doctors, unable to see me in person due to my touring schedule, would deduce by phone I had H Pylori or maybe an upper respiratory infection. I was put on Z paks, Amoxicillin and Dixilant. These combos of meds made me feel considerably better. But I would only stay on a typical 10-day course. With Lyme, it takes cocktails of numerous meds for long stints to truly cure it as well as all its co-infections. The symptoms would be staved off for a few weeks then return. 

After months of getting no where, she was finally referred to a  Lyme Literate Doctor. She was treated with daily Vitamin IV drips and “an intense regime of antibiotics and other medications”.

Although the treatments continue, Gibson says, “I actually feel like “ME” again.”

She thanked everyone for their love and support through this lengthy trial. 

 

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