Shania Twain lost her voice because of one of the most unlikely reasons- a tick bite

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Shania Twain disclosed in an interview with The Independent how she contracted Lyme disease from a Tick Bite.

“I saw a tick fall off me,” she said. “I was on tour, so I almost fell off the stage every night. I was very, very dizzy and didn’t know what was going on. It’s just one of those things you don’t suspect.”

After receiving the treatment for the aforementioned disease she thought she was free, but she had no idea about what was coming.

Singer Shania Twain had to stop performing for awhile due to what she says were the long-term effects of chronic Lyme disease. Getty Images

“You have a very short window to catch it and then treat it and then even when you treat it, you could still very well be left with effects, which is what happened to me,” Twain said.

According to experts, Twain is one of the 20 percent of people who develop long-term health problems despite being treated with antibiotics to kill off the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that causes the illness.

The illness affected her career so badly that she has to take 15 years to break from singing as she was diagnosed with dysphonia, a kind of vocal cord muscle paralysis, suspected to be related to her Lyme infection.

She told People magazine in an interview, “When I realized that I could barely sing at all anymore, I was like, ‘I’m humiliating myself. I can’t get out there and do this. I have to stop until I figure it out.’ I thought that it was just fatigue or burnout. But no — Lyme disease commonly affects the nerves.”

Dr. Tania Dempsey, a Lyme disease treatment specialist based in Purchase, New York, told Healthline, “I have seen several cases of vocal cord paralysis in my practice, so it’s not as unusual as it seems. Lyme presents differently depending on how the immune system responds and whether other co-infections are present.”

Some of the symptoms of Lyme are flu-like muscle aches and fatigue, headache, and bullseye rash at the site of the tick bite.

Vertigo, ringing in the ears, short-term memory loss, light and sound sensitivity, mood swings, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, and serious cardiac problems are the chronic symptoms of Lyme.

It seems like not only has Shania Twain suffered the same fate as singer Justin Bieber revealed that he received a diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease seems to be getting more common in the United States as approximately 30,000 cases are reportedTrusted Source to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by state health departments and the District of Columbia.

Shania was able to get past her condition and returned to the stage once again. We wish her all the best.




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