Under Our Skin

Synopsis: A gripping tale of microbes, medicine and money, "Under Our Skin" exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Shadow Distribution
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104 min


I didn't know what was happening to me.

I thought I was gonna die.

He kept saying to us,

"I have no idea what this is."

"I've never seen this before.

I've never heard

of this before."

"We don't know

what's wrong with you."

Dark and not seeing

any light of recovery.

We have, I think, a horrible epidemic.

When enough people are sick,

it's gonna be, "Who's answering for this?"

What did you know?

When did you know it?"

What kind of a breakdown

or series of breakdowns

in the medical system

can lead to a setting

where you have an illness

and people walking into

their average doctors' offices

may or may not be likely to get

effective treatment for it?

I would never, never have thought

that a bacteriological infection

producing the havoc

that it produces

can become so politicized.

The truth can be so brutally distorted.

When we moved to where we are now,

the people we bought

the house from said to us,

"Be careful of Lyme disease."

And then we met all the neighbors.

Every house, for sure,

had at least one case,

and many houses had...

All of the family had been infected.

All of them were sick.

Are you able to stand up, honey?

All right, I'm gonna shut this off

so we can take you

back in the house, okay?

Okay. Okay.

All the articles basically state

that this really isn't

that big of an epidemic

and that it doesn't really

do that much to your body,

and that it's just

a very easy, quick cure,

a couple weeks of antibiotics,

and you're good to go.

Obviously, those people haven't

actually seen what it does.

Pain, pain, pain, relentless pain.

No one would believe it.

I said to my best friend,

I said, "Look at me right now."

Look at me.

What do I look like?"

And he said, "You look great."

I said, "You cannot imagine

the pain in my body right now."

My case was sort of cut-and-dry.

A, I was a park ranger.

B, I knew exactly when I was bitten,

and I saved the tick

and brought it to my doctor.

C, I had a red rash,

and D, I had a rather classic case

of neurological Lyme disease

with all the usual trimmings,

but I brought all that to the doctors,

and it took five doctors

to figure it out.

"I don't think you're sick.

I don't think there's

anything wrong with you."

Everybody's telling you

it's in your head.

You know it's not in your head.

We don't think

there's anything wrong with you.

"There is nothing wrong."

"We've done your labs.

Your labs are fine.

You're fine."

"There's no medicine

for someone like you.

"You're an attractive girl,

and obviously,

you don't feel like you're

getting enough attention."

This is my adrenaline now.

So if you want to see me get worse,

I'll just do one length,

not even a lap, half a length.

I'll have to be hauled out

like the catch of the day.

She's become very,

very good at hiding symptoms.

It doesn't matter how bad she is.

I mean, the girl cannot get out of bed,

and her catchphrase is,

"I'll do it myself."

- I can do it myself.

- That's right.

I mean, she can do...

I can go grab something in 30 seconds,

or she can take four hours

to crawl across the house,

and she will not let me go get it.

I know what my bad days are like,

and I do my best to try to prevent them,

so to know that I could get worse,

that's not something

I'm looking forward to.

The unknown is pretty scary.

I live on the west side

of the northern Sierra Nevada

in California.

I'm a writer now.

I was a park ranger for 21 years

until I got Lyme disease and had to quit.

It began with profound fatigue.

Then I developed stabbing

and shooting pains.

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