Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Disease That Left Her Bedridden for 5 Months

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Wow, this is really scary! Avril Lavigne has opened up about severe health problems that she suffered last year that left her bedridden for months. It was one of those diseases we don't hear too much about anymore but is still out there in full force infecting the unsuspecting -- Lyme disease!

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The "Hello Kitty" singer told People magazine:

I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed. My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know ... here were definitely times I couldn't shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you ... I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying.

Scarily, Avril tells the magazine that her husband, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, was on tour at the time and could only "check in" with her occasionally. Her mother had to move in to take care of her. She remained bedridden for five months!

Wow, that's just crazy. Luckily, Avril is now on the mend. She says she had no idea a tick bite could do this to a person, and frankly, I think it bears repeating that one can. Let's go over the list of signs to look for, according to the Centers for Disease Control:

3 to 30 days post-tick-bite:

- A red, expanding rash around the area of the bite. Seventy to eighty percent of people will get a "bulls-eye" rash around the site of the bite, but others may only get a small lump.

- Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes

Days to weeks post-tick-bite:

- Rashes on other areas of the body

- Facial or Bell's palsy (loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face)

- Severe headaches and/or neck stiffness

- Pain and swelling in the large joints (such as knees)

- Shooting pains

- Heart palpitations and dizziness

Sixty percent of patients with an untreated infection may suffer arthritis.

You should listen to Avril's symptoms, too, because they sound different than the ones listed on the CDC website. A small percentage of patients may experience memory loss.

Most patients who are treated with antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease will make a full recovery.

How frightening this must have been for Avril! Luckily, she seems to have recovered.

Have you ever had Lyme disease?


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