What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an illness caused by ticks infected with one of four types of bacterium. Different countries are affected by different species of bacteria, but all four will cause Lyme disease if transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. In the United States, the Borrelia Burgdorferi and Borrelia Mayonii bacteria are the most common causes of the disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium (spirochete) called  Borrelia burgdorferi. There are roughly two dozen species of Borrelia burgdorferi. The various species are further divided into strains and there are hundreds of strains worldwide.

Presentation of Symptoms

Symptoms of Lyme disease may present differently, varying from patient to patient. In its early  stages, Lyme disease commonly results in a rash, joint pain and headaches. Later-stage Lyme  disease is characterized by arthritic pain, cognitive difficulties, fatigue and other symptoms that can have an enormous effect on a patient’s life. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that  more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year in the United States.

Other symptoms which occur in these first 30 days are:

  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches (mainly head and neck)
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

In the later months of having Lyme, further symptoms can arise, some of which are more serious than the ones listed above. The rash can spread to other parts of the body if the illness goes untreated. The membranes surrounding the brain can become inflamed, causing temporary paralysis on one side of the face and numbness in the limbs.

However, the more worrying effects of Lyme disease are heart irregularity and liver and eye inflammation. For pregnant women, it can infect the placenta causing certain issues and disabilities when the baby is first born.

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Diagnosis

Lyme disease should be clinically diagnosed. A medical professional must evaluate your  symptoms, physical findings, exposure risk, and any test results to determine whether you have the disease. No single factor or test result is enough to determine whether you do or do not have Lyme or other tick-borne illnesses. Many factors affect the response and the tests’ ability to measure it, and can produce both false positive and false negative results.

Treatment

We consider ILADS treatment guidelines which emphasizes patient-centered, person specific care, and the importance of careful assessment and re-assessment of the full clinical picture to guide treatment decisions, initially and if symptoms persist or return. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms mentioned above, schedule a consultation with us!

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