Key Lyme Time raises awareness, funds (GALLERY)

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM.

"It literally took over all of the parts of my body," Nikki Murray, who lives and works in Tallahassee, said. "I have chronic arthritis, which will never go away."

Other ailments include fatigue, muscle soreness and migraines strong enough to cause temporary blindness.

The most frustrating thing about the disease is the lack of awareness, she said.

"I was placed on a plethora of medications that had terrible side effects and never made me any better," Nikki Murray stated in a handout at the event. "No one ever looked at the big picture to see if there was possibly a single underlying cause."

Nikki Murray plans to file an appeal with her health insurance company, which declined coverage for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Each HBOT session costs $150, and Nikki Murray said she needs at least 40 sessions for it to be effective.  

Teachable moment

Key Lyme Time underscored the importance of awareness, some attendees said.

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