What We Know About Kris Kristofferson’s Health After Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis

Kris Kristofferson’s wife, Lisa Meyers, detailed his diagnosis to The Lyme Times. “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,” she explained. The couple theorized the Malibu doctors didn’t think to look for Lyme, adding, “But now we know it’s everywhere. There are signs on my local playground that say beware of ticks.”

In a June 2016 talk with Rolling Stone, Meyers explained her theory that when Kristofferson was working on the film “Disappearances” in 2006, he may have been bitten by a tick because he was in the Vermont woods shooting it for nearly six weeks. According to the CDC, blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, spread a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi to humans. If not treated immediately, it can affect the heart, joints, and nervous system.

After Kristofferson started developing mysterious symptoms, including major memory loss, he was given medicine for Alzheimer’s disease. However, it wasn’t working, and Meyers stated, “He was taking all these medications for things he doesn’t have, and they all have side effects.” When the doctors finally realized he had Lyme disease and gave him proper medication for it, Meyers exclaimed, “All of a sudden he was back,” noting that “some days he’s perfectly normal, and it’s easy to forget that he is even battling anything.”

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