"Fox and Friends" Gretchen Carlson wasn't on vacation for the two weeks she was gone, she was battling Lyme Disease. While this hasn't made mainstream headlines, she did mention it in passing on "Fox and Friends" live. Gretchen lives in Connecticut, which is the state that had the first diagnosed case of Lyme Disease decades ago. It also remains one of the most active states for new cases of Lyme Disease. She also tweeted about her illness on the "Fox and Friends" Twitter Page.
On Sept 2, the Wausau Daily Herald reports there are many more cases of Lyme Disease than first believed because many of he cases go unreported to the CDC. There are many more states that are seeing cases of Lyme Disease today than there were decades ago. It is disease that responds very well to treatment, but left untreated it can offer a nightmare of health problems.
More and more stories are surfacing today of undiagnosed Lyme Disease cases leaving people suffering with debilitating health problems from seemingly unknown causes. According to the CDC about 300,000 people are infected with Lyme Disease each year and many of the cases are undiagnosed.
Erik Nivison is one of those people who battled bizarre and debilitating symptoms for two years with no medical explanation of what was going on. He is calling this part of his life "two years of hell." Nivison is a producer for HLN's "In Session." He was diagnosed with Lyme disease last month finally getting a diagnosis for his two years of suffering, according to CNN News.
Nivison's life was a cycle of symptoms and doctor visits. From his muscles going into such spasms that his hands would clench in fists to losing all feeling in his legs. His body would experience pins and needles everywhere. His limbs would tingle and he felt as if he was getting weaker everyday. ER doctors, neurologists and all kinds of specialists gave him most every diagnosis known to mankind, with a new one attached to his mystery illness each time things got so bad he would end up back seeking medical help.
His diagnosis ranged from heart disease to polycystic kidney disease to Lupus. He'd get Bell's Palsy, where one side of his face would lose muscle control and droop, looking much like he had a stroke. It wasn't until Nivison himself asked the doctor at his last ER visit if this could be Lyme Disease, that his blood was tested and came back positive for the tick carrying disease. Today Nivison is on the regiment of antibiotics, which is used to treat the disease. He is hoping to see his symptoms subside.
It is not known how Gretchen Carlson's Lyme Disease diagnosis came about, but she did offer a tweet on the "Fox and Friends" Twitter page about having the disease:
"good morning everyone! good to be back. have had Lyme disease for the last 2 weeks. ugh. gc"
Gretchen appears to be one of the lucky ones who caught the disease early enough. She is saying goodbye to "Fox and Friends," as she's leaving the curvy couch for another venture. She will host an afternoon talk show on Fox, so she isn't going very far, she just won't be on the TV screen as early as fans are used to seeing her!