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Woman's illness proves one bug bite can be dangerous

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Lyme disease can come from ticks and mosquitoes, and while not all carry the bacteria, one bite can be dangerous. Lyme disease can come from ticks and mosquitoes, and while not all carry the bacteria, one bite can be dangerous.
For three years Brenda Hurt has been living, what she calls, a nightmare. For three years Brenda Hurt has been living, what she calls, a nightmare.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - After spending years searching for help in her mysterious sickness, an Olive Branch woman is sending a warning.

For three years Brenda Hurt has been living, what she calls, a nightmare.

"I'm not a hypochondriac I've always worked two or three jobs. I'm not lazy," she said.

But her symptoms made those around her think she was.

"I went to scratch my nose was itching, and I couldn't do it," she said.

Uncontrollable eye muscle movement, digestive problems, and even trouble walking were a few things describing her struggles.

"I mean I get myself out of the bed, and I'm going," said Hurt.

Hurt went to every doctor she could find for help. She was at her wit's end when psychologist Dr. Julie Parker, screened her for Lyme disease.

"She said have you ever had a tick bite?" said Hurt.

Hurt remembered being bitten by a tick three years prior and catching a bad summer cold immediately after removing the tick.

Lyme disease can come from ticks and mosquitoes, and while not all carry the bacteria, one bite can be dangerous.

"Doesn't have to stay attached for long. There's a lot if misinformation about that, he can just bite you and give you the gift," said Parker.

"I just believe there are so many people who are sick that have no idea what it is," said hurt.

Parker says if you have any questions about Lyme disease you should contact the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society on their website here: http://www.ilads.org/about_ILADS/about_us.html.

She says you should also always wear a tick or mosquito repellant.

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