Justin Bieber Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

Justin Bieber Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

In early January, Justin Bieber announced by way of an Instagram post that he was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. The news came as a shock to fans as it was revealed he’d been suffering from symptoms of the condition for a long time on top of other highly debilitating conditions such as chronic mono.  

In his post, Bieber drew attention to the spread of misinformation based on appearances. “While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like [****], on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease,” he said. “[N]ot only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.” 

“It’s been a rough couple years,” he continued, “but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever[.]” 

Many people don’t know what Lyme disease is, or, in many cases, how to treat it. The symptoms of the condition can be far-flung and wide-ranging, so much so that it often sends doctors on a diagnostic wild goose chase. Thanks to his transparency with his condition, major news outlets around the world are writing about Lyme disease; what it is, how it’s contracted, what the symptoms can be, and how to treat it. Some publications such as Vice are even tackling some of the more obscure theories about the increased prevalence of the disease. 

But the fact remains that Lyme disease is grossly misunderstood. The disease is caused by tick bites, which, in theory, means that people are more susceptible to contracting the disease in the warmer months. But diagnosis can be exceptionally difficult, especially since the symptoms may not appear immediately and may not make sense. There are well over fifty different possible symptoms ranging from fatigue and memory loss to lack of sex drive, depression, numbness throughout the body, jaw pain, and joint stiffness. What makes matters more difficult is that often the symptoms won’t correlate. To anyone, whether or not they’re a medical professional, the symptoms can appear completely random, pointing doctors to multiple other possibilities and distracting from the actual problem. Diagnosis is often based on the presence of a telltale rash in the shape of a bullseye that’s been commonly associated with the condition, but less than 50% of people with Lyme disease actually develop the rash at all. The cinematic nature of this method of diagnosis lends it to good prime time TV as illustrated in the Scrubs episode “My Own Worst Enemy”, with the uncannily kind Joe Hutnik

Justin Bieber’s honesty and transparency about his condition brings Lyme disease’s dangers to the foreground of the public consciousness. Now, thanks to the publicity in major outlets around the world, more people will learn even just a little bit about what makes this condition so dangerous, how it develops, and what to watch out for.  

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