Mum’s Lyme Disease hell after tick bite

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Image caption Rachel Foulkes-Davies eyes were badly inflamed following the bite

A woman suffered serious facial paralysis- and could only consume through a straw – after becoming bitten by a tick in the girl garden.

Rachel Foulkes-Davies, 43, said the bite began as small red mark before this caused her eyes to get bigger up.

The mother-of-three said she is still in discomfort three years on and is angry a proper diagnosis was not made sooner.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Wellness Board (BCUHB) said it motivated patients to discuss their concerns with these.

Ms Foulkes-Davies stated: “I’m constantly tired and have simply no energy to do simple tasks. inch

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Image caption Before the bite Ms Foulkes-Davies (inset) said she was fit and healthy

The mother-of-three, of Llanarmon-yn-Iâ l, Denbighshire, mentioned the bite happened in 06 2015.

Initially the lady noticed a small red mark on her behalf neck, which later had inflamed to the size of 2p gold coin and turned white.

Then four days later, the lady started to lose movement in the still left side of her face — a sign of facial paralysis.

After attending Deeside NHS hospital, she was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy and given a watch patch before being sent house.

She added: “Over the course of seven to 8 months my ability to speak made worse.

“I didn’t want to talk for two years. I was simply living off soups and soups and had to have them through a hay. The same went for hot beverages. ”

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Image caption Ms Foulkes-Davies said this wounderful woman has only been able to open her eyesight since Christmas last year – a lot more than two years after she was first injured

Right after disputing doctors’ initial diagnosis, Microsoft Foulkes-Davies paid £ 89 regarding private tests – which the lady said diagnosed her with Lyme Disease. Its symptoms include neural pain, weakened muscles, fatigue plus blurred vision.

She added: “If it was identified straight away and treated with Doxycycline I actually wouldn’t have had to go through all this. Doxycycline just wouldn’t work now since I’m so far gone. ”

Almost three years on, Mrs Foulkes-Davies said she suffers from persistent fatigue and has since given up function while struggling to look after her kids.

She said: “I was really healthy before the bite.

“I now suffer from blurry vision, brain fog and continuous headaches. I have to wear glasses how to watch the TV as the brightness blurs my vision. ”

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Image caption Ticks, that are small arachnids, can carry infectious illnesses like Lyme Disease – even though health officials say most of the insects are harmless

BCUHB said it could not really comment on individual cases “in any kind of detail”.

However , the spokesman added: “We would motivate anyone who has a concern about the care they have got received to contact us directly to talk about this.

“In Wales, as well as elsewhere in the UK, cases associated with laboratory-confirmed Lyme disease have improved in recent years.

“This is as a result of better reporting, improved diagnostic testing, and increased consciousness by the public and healthcare experts.

“Anyone who may be worried about Lyme Disease or a mark bite can get more information from the NHS Wales website . ”

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