The Faces of Lyme: Cherie
“You can always heal”
Underlying Lyme disease can be triggered by a traumatic event. Things like whiplash, extreme physical exertion, surgery, car accidents, and dental procedures can cause lyme to flare up.
When Cherie had arthroscopic knee surgery, her symptoms went into overdrive. She had to quit her job, needed help with daily activities, and was ultimately confined to a wheelchair.
She credits the initial use of steroids with giving her the short-term strength and energy to fight her disease. Doctor Shikhman breaks down the negative perception of steroids as a part of treatment and discusses their role in recovery.
She discusses the mental and emotional toll that often times gets overlooked when discussing lyme.