Pro Golfer Jimmy Walker Has Lyme Disease first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
Lyme disease, as we know can be difficult to diagnose. There are many people out there who may be infected by the tick borne virus, but are unaware that the symptoms they are feeling could be identified to Lyme. Professional golfer Jimmy Walker has recently received the diagnosis that he has the disease after being “plagued for months by lethargy and a dampened enthusiasm”. Here’s an article with more information.
Walker has been plagued for months by lethargy and a dampened enthusiasm, and his game has shown it. He just one top 10 on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, and that was in the tiny field event at the Tournament of Champions to start the calendar year when he finished T9. On Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open, he opened up about his fight with a disease he did not see coming.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from the same symptoms identified by the pro golfer, then it is certainly worth getting checked out by medical professional.
19 years to reach a diagnosis is a long time. However, now that more and more people are becoming aware of Lyme disease, there is a higher chance of identifying symptoms and receiving treatment in the early stages.
Due to a mild winter, ticks have managed to survive longer through the ‘cooler’ months, which means now that it’s starting to warm up a bit, these ticks are hungry and are looking for their next meal.
A mild winter can have its downsides and one is that more ticks probably survived than normal. As a result, more hungry ticks are out earlier than usual, according to Lee Townsend, extension entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Typically, warm weather brings ticks out of hiding to find the blood meal they need to continue their life cycle. In the past two weeks, Townsend has received calls about ticks on both people and pets.
Of course, the best cure is prevention, so it’s worth making sure you know how to protect yourself against ticks and should you find one on your body, know how to remove it safely. It’s not just on the golf course that you could be at risk to ticks.