Justin Bieber, seen in 2019, said he will document his struggles with Lyme disease in a YouTube documentary Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File
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Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease

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By Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Pop super star Justin Bieber announced Wednesday that he has Lyme disease.

In a post on Instagram, Bieber said he will address his struggle with the illness, which is contracted through a tick bite, in a YouTube documentary.

"It's been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever," the 25 year old entertainer wrote in the post's caption.

He called out critics who he says have been unfairly commenting on his looks by saying he looks like he is "on meth."

"They failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health."

The photo portion of Bieber's post shows a TMZ article reporting that the YouTube documentary is set for a Jan 27 release.

"You can learn all that I've been battling and OVERCOMING!!" he wrote on Instagram.

He spent much of last year suffering but undiagnosed, TMZ reported, until doctors figured out what was wrong.

The post's photos include pictures said to be taken in September of Bieber appearing to be hooked up to an IV drip.

In subsequent Instagram posts and on his Instagram story later in the day, Bieber thanked his fans for supporting his new song "Yummy," released last week.

And the Canadian seemed to say he is doing better, posting a meme video of a little girl dancing with the caption, "But now this is how I'm feelin."

Bieber was discovered by talent scouts as a young teenager after posting videos of himself singing on YouTube and quickly shot to superstardom. He has since won several MTV awards, Billboard Music awards and a Grammy, among others.

After an Instagram post from March indicated Bieber would be taking time off music to focus on "my family and my health," Bieber married US model Hailey Baldwin in September.

Now he has a new album and tour coming soon, according to TMZ.

In September Bieber opened up about "massive ups and downs" he experienced as he went from beloved teenage heartthrob to "the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world."

In a lengthy Instagram post, he reflected on how child stardom triggered depression and a lack of humility that led to drug abuse and his becoming "resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry."

"I became distant to everyone who loved me, and I was hiding behind, a shell of a person that i had become," he wrote.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through infected ticks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, joint aches and a "bull's-eye" rash that occurs in 70 to 80 percent of infections.

Most people who are treated with antibiotics early fully recover, according to the CDC, though the infection can become severe or prolonged in some cases.

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"They failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health."

Never wish this illness on anyone. As a human being I hope he gets well!

However, I think, again my opinion, he had had problems with "brain functions" for a hell of a lot longer than he has had this disease!

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so far incurable disease

*If diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics. Without treatment, complications involving the joints, heart, and nervous system can occur. But these symptoms are still treatable and curable.Jan 31, 2018*

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Lyme disease? Good general background here, including all the theories for its origins, and diagnosis difficulties.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/3/140228-lyme-disease-borrelia-burgdorferi-deer-tick-science/

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He called out critics who he says have been unfairly commenting on his looks by saying he looks like he is "on meth."

"They failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health."

If someone said I look like I was on meth, I would ignore them. The excuse seems implausible to me.

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The excuse seems implausible to me.

Another Canadian singer, Avril Lavigne had Lyme disease in 2014. The disease is real. While I appreciate open dialogue, everyone needs support from people when feeling unwell for any reason.

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Lyme Disease. Read from reputable sources. Claims it was a disastrous bioweapon research project.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/16/pentagon-review-weaponised-ticks-lyme-disease

Nasty disease. Tim Ferriss the author /entrepreneur/biohacker suffered from it. He dug super deep in his quest to heal himself. He a good place to gets ideas if anyone has the misfortune to be infected with Lyme.

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