An MMA hunter fighting doctors for his 1,000 muscle contractions per day has finally been diagnosed with Lyme disease, ending his dream job.
Chris Fantetti, 26, suffers from 1,000 irregular muscle cramps called fasciculations every day.
He says the situation has destroyed his life, but 15 trips to his doctor and 20 to A&E had to be told that he had asthma and a & # 39; psychological & # 39; had a problem.
Fantetti, from Gillingham, Kent, traveled to Germany where doctors gave him his devastating diagnosis.
Chris Fantetti, 26, suffers from 1,000 irregular muscle cramps called fasciculations every day
The 26-year-old, who has lost two stones in muscle since his illness, said: & I feel helpless because it is so barbaric when it comes to symptoms of Lymes disease.
& # 39; It has totally changed my life, it is really depressing. I look in the mirror and can't recognize myself.
& # 39; I have about 1000 fascinations a day and it really looks like insects are crawling under my skin when it's at its worst.
& # 39; I am constantly in fear of death and I see no end in sight. There is hope, but it is all expensive treatment. Few people get better when it is at this late stage. & # 39;
Fantetti started to get back pain for the first time in July last year, but believes his condition may have revealed the first symptoms as early as January 2018.
At the same time, he also began to experience the terrifying fascinations, insomnia, nausea, and severe fatigue.
He has since also started to suffer from a curved spine that seriously hinders his mobility and has prevented him from participating in mixed martial arts competitions.
Mr. Fantetti's girlfriend, Heidi Oldfield, 23, pictured together, should now help him clean himself and get dressed because he has limited muscle control
The former hunter said: “I was in constant pain, my arms would change in temperature every day, and I had severe body aches.
& # 39; I had shooting pain and my body started shaking and shaking.
& # 39; I went to my doctor at least twenty times and went to the hospital at least fifteen times.
& # 39; In the beginning, GPs kept saying it was asthma, so they gave me asthma pumps and steroids. Then they both said it was all in my head.
& # 39; It wasn't fun, I felt that people thought I was going crazy, I almost felt crazy about myself.
& # 39; Now that I know I have Lyme disease, it is both a relief and a problem.
& # 39; Lyme patients lose so much, their families, their homes, their ability to perform simple tasks.
& # 39; The financial burden and the lack of understanding of friends, family and doctor really burden you. & # 39;
His five-year-old girlfriend, Heidi Oldfield, 23, said that despite the challenges her partner brought her, she still loved him.
But she is now forced to help her friend clean herself and get dressed because he has limited muscle control.
The former railroad worker, pictured on fights, said it must give up MMA & # 39; heartbreaking & # 39; is
The transport recruiter said: & # 39; It was a pretty bad transformation, we always went on vacation and were so active.
& # 39; Now we can hardly leave the house. He always went to the gym, he was a real hunk, but now he can't get out of bed or shower without help.
& # 39; It can be difficult, but in the end I love him. & # 39;
Mr. Fantetti, who raises £ 24,000 GoFundMe To fund his continued and future care, he added: “It stops me from sleeping.
& # 39; I really don't like to leave the house now, so my relationship with friends suffered.
& # 39; Heidi has to do most things for me, it is really very difficult. It takes me ages to walk to places and I depend on everyone around me.
& # 39; I can't continue what I used to do, including MMA, it's really heartbreaking.
& # 39; Despite that, I try to make the best of things. I want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me so far. & # 39;
Harvey McEnroe, Chief Operating Officer at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, who runs the Medway Maritime Hospital, said: “We are sorry to hear about Mr. Fantetti's concerns; we have been in contact with him and we are happy to meet him to discuss these concerns or other aspects of his concern. & # 39;
WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash called erythema migrans.
The disease can usually be treated with several weeks of oral antibiotics.
But if it is not treated, the infection can spread to the joints, the heart and nervous symptoms and can be fatal.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE INFECTED?
These symptoms may occur during the first three to 30 days of infection:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash
The result occurs in approximately 80 percent of the infected people.
It can expand to 12 inches (30 cm), and ultimately the appearance of a target or a & # 39; bull's-eye & # 39; hand off.
Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Severe headache and neck stiffness
- Extra result
- Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
- Face paralysis or Bell & # 39; s paresis
- Problems with short-term memory
- Nerve pain
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