by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-08-24

Sophia Popov, a professional golf player from Germany, bagged the AIG Women’s Open Title held at Royal Troon, Scotland, on the 23rd of August, 2020. In an interview with reporters’ post-victory, Popov shares her history of battle with Lyme Disease.

The AIG title was Sophia Popov’s first major title in her professional career of about six years. The golfer unveils a history of complexities in her health since 2015, the most prominent and wearying being chronic Lyme Disease.


What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is a bacterium invoked disease transferred to human beings through the Black-Legged Tick, more commonly known as the Deer Tick. These ticks transfer Lyme Disease if they manage to affix themselves to the human body for a span of 36 to 48 hours. If the tick is extracted before 48 hours, the transmission of Lyme Disease is barred.

The disease primarily affects the joints, the nervous system, and the heart gradually over time.

Signs And Symptoms That Appear Within 3-30 Days Of The Acquisition Of The Bacteria:

The development of the following symptoms can help detect Lyme Disease:

  • Rashes on the skin which expand over time
  • Fever or Chills
  • Chronic Fatigue with Dizziness and Mild or Severe Headaches
  • Stiffness in the Neck
  • Facial Palsy
  • Muscle Pain and Joints pain mainly in the knee; Arthritis in the later stages
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Difficulty breathing

Lyme disease is diagnosed by analyzing the symptoms, inspecting the history of tick exposure, and collecting blood samples as the final step. However, the blood samples are not always reliable since the antibodies develop after a week or two of exposure.


Treatment Of Lyme Disease


The initial stages of Lyme Disease can generally be alleviated by Antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, and Cefuroxime.

Sophia Popov says that after about 20 consultation visits with doctors, she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. “It took about 20 doctor visits three years later to figure out that I had Lyme disease.” Popov explained that she had ten distinct symptoms present, which complicated the diagnosis of Lyme Disease.

Throughout her Diagnosis and Treatment, Popov lost approximately 25 pounds, which resulted in unusual fatigue in the practices and her professional career.

Popov refused to compromise her workouts and necessary practice despite her health condition. Through personal research and medical guidance, she formulated health and nutrition regimes to suit her circumstance.

Sophia Popov is the first German to attain the AIG Women’s Open Title.  When asked about her recent accomplishment, Popov states, ” I think no words will describe what I’m feeling. It’s a mix of just over excitement and emotions, just all kinds of emotions, and I honestly can’t quite believe it yet.”


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