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Living in the Hamptons around many forests and fields, Alec Baldwin said he and his family “live in fear of Lyme disease.”
The 63-year-old star has been battling Lyme disease for the past 20 years since she was first bitten by a tick.
“I think I had it twice, I bit it twice, and I probably had it four times in five years when I came back at the same time,” Baldwin told hosts Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wally during a performance. their podcast Hypochondriac.
Baldwin explained the onset of his symptoms: “One summer in August, I was standing on my friend’s porch at night and it was a cool evening — it wasn’t a hot steamy night — and I felt that literally that wave passed through my back and shoulders and something like a shell around me like a chill and just attacked me. It came as if someone had snapped their fingers and sworn at me. “
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The 30 Rock star said he couldn’t get out of bed a few days later.
“This thing just attacked me and I lay in bed for three days, sweating through my sheets and just this horrible joint pain and soreness and exhaustion. I couldn’t even get up for about three days,” he said.
And Baldwin said it happened year after year.
“I had the same thing every August,” he said. “I got a little bit and then I got it again; the next August I ate it again; and I got it the next August and it just came back.”
Baldwin said he would occasionally get “this unexplained” joint pain, which made him wonder if he had chronic Lyme disease, but he knew that doctors would often not diagnose people with the disease.
“It’s super debatable whether it actually exists,” Wally said of chronic Lyme disease. “It’s the most common tick-borne disease in the United States. There are nearly 300,000 people who get it every year and then many don’t recover. It’s a real phenomenon that happens. It sounds like a lot of people. explained by the medical system for this. “
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Because of his experience with the disease, Baldwin said he and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, were extremely careful to allow their six children to play outdoors in the Hampton, which he called a “central tick.”
“When we have a very mild winter here, the ticks are beyond,” he said. “They just go out the way they are – what kind of concert does everyone go to? It’s Coachella for ticks here.”
The Beetle juice star said that Hilaria “pulls ticks from my children all year round.”
“My wife finds a tick on one of my children and she says, ‘This is it. The walking season is over.’ It simply ends the tourist season. “
Baldwin worked with the Bay Area Lyme Foundation to raise money for research into the disease.
“I want my children to grow up riding horses and bikes and enjoy every day and not have to spend every day with us with a magnifying glass to make sure they don’t have ticks on their bodies or dogs, but it’s part of the lifestyle where I live, “he said in favor in 2017.