A Slow Slipping Away Kris Kristofferson’s Long Undiagnosed Battle with Lyme Disease.

By Dana Parish

Kris Kristofferson Long Undiagnosed Battle with Lyme Disease K ris Kristofferson, still crooning and gorgeous at 80, is a Country Music Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He’s been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, a helicopter pilot, a Grammy-winner, a self-described screw-up and an icon.

Like many, I was stunned and elated to read in Rolling Stone that Kris’s long-diagnosed Alzheimer’s turned out to be Lyme disease, and that with proper treatment, he is back on the road, doing all the things he loves, and being his blazing, irreverent self again.

Here, Kris’s fierce, intuitive wife, Lisa, tells us how she shepherded him through a haze of missed opportunities and misdiagnoses and got him back.

    • QWhen and how did Kris’s Lyme symptoms begin?
    • AAbout 12 years ago he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which looking back, should have been the first indication that a test for Lyme was warranted. But we suspect he’s been infected with Lyme anywhere from fourteen to thirty years because he used to have these chronic muscle spasms, which is a common symptom. We were in LA at the time, in Malibu, and I just don’t think doctors were looking for it or aware of it there then. But now we know it’s everywhere. There are signs on my local playground that say beware of ticks.

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12 Reader Comments

  1. Shame on doctors for not recognizing symptoms.As a Canadian in eastern Ontario I had to see a Lyme specialist in Plattsburgh NY Jan 2016 after 2years of debilitating sickness. Am feeling whole again and am able to enjoy life.

  2. Our family is suffering terribly in Texas where we can’t get treatment or even signs to warn people of these hideous tickborne infecticious diseases! How in the world can our local, state and federal governments continue to ignore this pandemic?
    Thankful Kris found help!! Would love to know details, but can’t afford to join your assn. ?

  3. I have symptoms that could be due to Alzeimer’s disease, but I believe they are the result of a tick bite I got in late summer of 2016. I am having issues with my memory. I hope to get a blood draw done and have the sample tested for Lyme disease.

  4. The best testing is done through Igenex Labs or MDL (Medical Diagnostic Labs). Both of them take Medicare but seldom other insurance. Ask for a Western Blot wherever you get it done. Unfortunately, the tests are not much more accurate than 60% at best. Check out information at: http://www.globallymealliance.org or http://www.ilads.org. Finding a Lyme literate doctor to treat you is a big and often expensive challenge. Look at: http://www.lymenet.org for a local support group or go through ILADS for a referral.

  5. It seems to me you may be in the wrong charging a fee for membership. And not allowing awareness from critical information which I as a chronically diagnosed person who will always have the Lyme teater , believe I have aright to this information and support. Not the I wouldn’t love to give yo a gift of sorts . But rethink you’re charitable position as I’m feeling a bit exploited and ignorant and prefer to not perish from lack of knowledge. ThankYOU! So much.!

  6. SHAME on CDC- who is LYING to public & in bed ( doing many exotic tricks) with pharmaceutical companies.
    Doctors cannot know all- period.
    After many years, Miss diagnosis, pain, 24/7 discomfort – which continues- I was finally diagnosed with chronic late stage Lyme & Morgellons. Only after 12-13 doctors in Texas ( good ol boys are anything but) and a specialist researcher MD in San Fran who has over 6,000 Lyme patients.
    Don’t blame the docs- this is in the shoulders of the now scum CDC- one of last CDC members now big Whig at Merck. Need I say more?
    Public health is not their concern. Lining pockets more important

  7. Looking to connect with lyme sufferers in or near Phila , Pa or suburbs of Bucks County. Newly dx’d . Bite from deer tick in May 2017. Need local resources and physicians who do conventional and homepathic treatments.

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