Three Signs It’s Chronic Lyme
Undoubtedly, you have heard that the bite from an infected deer tick may leave you with the dreaded ‘bullseye rash’, flu-like symptoms, fever, and symptoms associated with acute Lyme disease. If you spent the weekend walking in the woods and now have any of these symptoms, you may want to get an antibiotic as soon as possible. Unfortunately, spotting Lyme disease isn’t always so easy. A percentage of people never get any of these symptoms and end up, years later, with an array of problems that are often misdiagnosed, mismanaged, and poorly treated.
Here are just a few signs that, if you are currently experiencing, you may want to explore the possibility of being checked for Lyme disease:
- Pain that moves from place to place. As we age our bodies are not what they used to be and surely, we will experience aches and pains on a regular basis. However, severe and often debilitating pain that may incapacitate one’s right knee one day and be completely absent the next is suspicious. Chronic Lyme patients often complain of such oddities of having pain and swelling that travels, is highly inconsistent, keeps them in bed one day and gone the next. The causative factor in such cases is inflammation in the parietal lobe of the brain, often caused by Lyme disease.
- Brain fog, memory loss, unclear thinking, depression, emotional swings, anger, loss of desire for social situations and other brain-based symptoms. As Lyme hits the brain it causes swings of inflammatory responses. At times of ‘up-swing’ the patient may feel ‘cloudy’ to a full-blown dementia-like loss of cognition. Many fear the worst and when they seek help that goes unexplained via MRI or CT scans, they are told to seek psychiatric help because, well, they are crazy. The degree of symptoms is correlated to the both the length of time the patient has had the disease and whether or not they have already developed neuronal antibodies. Testing for this is readily available but rarely recommended by the Lyme illiterate medical community.
- Fatigue that is unexplained. Many Lyme patients I see have been convinced by a well-meaning doctor that their symptoms are just adrenal fatigue. While stress and over-exerting our pituitary and adrenal axis is rampant in this country, supporting these glands is relatively easy and should produce results. When patients have tried all nutritional approaches to fatigue, have investigated thyroid disorders, taken steps to improve GUT function, and supported liver detoxification yet they still have debilitating fatigue, Lyme testing may be in order.
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