Amy Schumer has revealed she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and she may have had it for years.
Taking to her Instagram page, the 39-year-old actress and comedian wrote: “Anyone get LYME this summer? I got it and I’m on doxycycline.
“I have maybe had it for years. Any advice? Can you have a glass of wine or 2 on it? I know to stay out of the sun. I’m also taking these herbs from cape cod called lyme-2. Please comment or text me on my number in my bio. I also want to say that I feel good and am excited to get rid of it.”
Hugh Hefner’s ex-wife, Crystal Hefner, commented saying: “I’ve been dealing with this disease for five years. Feel free to DM me and I can let you know what worked and what didn’t. Love to you Amy.”
Others told Amy to ask her doctor about drinking wine and said they had text her with some advice.
Lyme disease is spread to humans through ticks and many people will develop a tell-tale bullseye rash around the infected area in the first four weeks of being bitten.
In most cases, Lyme disease detected early will go away with antibiotics, but not everybody develops the tell-tale rash that makes it easy to spot.
Some will only develop flu-like symptoms in the early stages after being bitten which include a high temperature, headache, muscle and joint pain and loss of energy.
Justin Bieber recently spoke of the impact Lyme disease has had on him in a candid Instagram post.
“While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like s***, on meth etc. they failed to realize [sic] I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease,” he wrote.
“Not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health".
He said he was getting "the right treatment" for the disease.
His wife, Hailey Bieber, also took to Twitter to defend her husband, writing: “For those who are trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease. Please do your research and listen to the stories of people who have suffered with it for years. Making fun of and belittling a disease you don’t understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself.”
Singer, Avril Lavigne, 35, described the impact of the disease as “debilitating” in an Instagram post of solidarity after Justin Bieber revealed his diagnosis.
“To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE. Because Lyme is a daily struggle, for the better part of two years, I was really sick and fighting for my life,” she wrote.
With extra reporting by Caroline Allen