By: Jaclyn Hughes
Most affiliate Lyme disease with those that are always outdoors camping, or assume it mostly effects boys, and this cannot be further from reality. It is transmitted through a tick bite, which could frankly happen at any point when you may be outside. It effects men, women, and children alike; with stats raking in a reported 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year confirmed just in the United States alone. Its effects can be treated mostly through the help of antibiotics, but if it has been a long time since the tick bite occurred and was never diagnosed, severe symptoms may begin to set in.
By removing the ticks immediately, using any kind of bug repellent sprays, and spraying pesticides around your home landscaping you can greatly decrease your odds of obtaining Lyme disease.
Several neurological problems can take over a patient suffering from Lyme disease. They begin to experience memory loss, trouble focusing, depression, anxiety, emotional tantrums, or total personality changes from day to night. Of course these symptoms could also be various forms of mental illness, so always speak candidly with your doctor to find the real cause of any recent neurologic changes.
A reported 60% of Lyme disease sufferers develop forms of joint pain or even arthritis. It is common to settle where there are larger joints such as the knees, shoulders, and wrists. The joints begin to appear swollen, then the soreness and pain starts to develop. This can cause severe arthritic issues for a patient that was undiagnosed for quite some time without having any knowledge of their Lyme disease, and unfortunately this delay in treatment is also common.
Flu symptoms develop with just about any viral infection, and are commonly misdiagnosed for that reason. Body aches, fevers, cold symptoms, and feeling just plain lousy are signs of Lyme disease. The good news is, it isn’t the flu and with just basic over the counter remedies it goes away in a few days.
The most common Lyme disease telltale sign is a rash. The rash begins to form a bull’s eye shape, or look like a target. It can begin to form anywhere from 3-30 days after the initial tick bite. Most patients report their rashes showing up after one week of noticing the insect bite. The rash area is warm and usually does not cause pain or even itchiness.
Some patients suffer from a form of optic inflammation, caused by Lyme disease. The eye can swell up, look red, become sore, and not look too pretty overall. If the eye starts to feel itchy, it probably isn’t an optic reaction of Lyme disease but something else possibly caused by an allergy.
Hepatitis is when the liver is inflamed and severely sick. It can result in stomach pains, special diet restrictions, and a slew of other issues to work through. Generally, this side effect is from late disseminated Lyme disease, which is when the patient wasn’t diagnosed in time for their tick bite and it started to attack the body after so many weeks without treatments.
When Lyme disease patients say that they are tired, they aren’t kidding. It has awful fatigue effects on adults and children equally. Many patients have to take naps during the day, go to bed very early, or sleep in much longer than they ever have before. It takes away a large part of their daily life from having to always stop what they are doing to rest or sit down.
Lyme disease often causes the lymph nodes in the neck area to become swollen. This can mimic a cold or strep throat, so be certain to consult with your doctor and have the needed testing to determine what is causing the swelling. If the lumpy neck look doesn’t subside in a few days and has no other symptoms of a cold or flu, check with your doctor for testing and a resolution
Anytime your heart begins to show signs of trouble, you should take it very seriously. Heart palpitations are rather typical for Lyme disease patients as the body changes its heartbeat from the tick bite effects. Dizziness sometimes accompanies the heartbeat changes, and usually this is merely symptomatic of the ailment and not a serious cardiac issue.
This is an interesting ailment that effects some that don’t have Lyme disease as well; and it is a loss in muscle strength inside the face. It can effect one or both sides of the patient’s face, and often looks like the face is stuck in an expressive state or only able to move on one side versus both. Chewing food, speaking, and showing emotions such as laughter may be difficult with Bell ’s palsy.
Lyme disease can be a lifelong journey which is why it is so imperative that you get it treated as soon as possible. Many can continue to live very normal lives with medications and knowing what triggers their diseases to get worse. Always document any changes in your symptoms and review them routinely with your specialist.