Crystal Harris is hoping her recent diagnosis will urge you to get tested.
The 29-year-old revealed through Instagram today that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, the same illness that also struck Yolanda Hadid and Avril Lavigne "If you have EVER GONE HIKING, please get tested for #LymeDisease. The best lab to do this is called 'Igenex' they are based out of Palo Alto. I was diagnosed a few days ago and have a long road ahead of me," Hugh Hefner's wife writes.
"Supposedly you get it from ticks but I have absolutely no recollection of being bit or having a rash or ANYTHING," she continued. "Most importantly there are SO MANY of you carrying Lyme that don't even know you have it. Probably because the ticks can be the size of specs. I always thought of ticks to be big and noticeable. The symptoms are vast and when it has been left untreated for a long time can turn into MS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Dementia and ALS."
Harris adds that, "Symptoms can range from sore muscles, sore back, sore neck, anxiety, fatigue, heart palpitations, muscle twitches, bladder pain, vision or hearing problems, swollen lymph nodes, flu like symptoms, brain fog, memory problems. Having just one of these could mean you have Lyme. Please please get tested.
"It is a disease so many people are living with and is becoming an epidemic. I always thought I was a hypochondriac. Doctors told me it was just 'stress' or 'all in my head' but I finally figured it out and you can too. Lyme is also related to syphilis and can be sexually transmitted and also passed from mother to child during pregnancy. #LymeDisease #lymewarrior please tag some friends to raise awareness for this illness not many people know about," she concludes.
Lyme disease was brought to the forefront when the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills began speaking out about her illness both on the show and with fans online. Not too long afterward, Lavigne revealed she was bedridden for five months after being diagnosed.
Both stars have been continuing treatment, and also hope to raise more awareness about the disease.