Recently I read a story about Emily Bohne a regular American woman in her 30’s who was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Why should you care? Because she had to get her six teeth knocked out and the dentist recommended knocking another eight teeth out.
Don’t worry there are medications to treat this disease. To cure it first, you will need to identify it, let’s have a look at what common symptoms associated with this disease. What causes this disease? The small pea sized ticks commonly found on your bed.
Common Signs of Lyme Disease
These are the following signs which appear in Lyme disease.
The rash which defines Lyme disease is called as the bull’s eye rash. It is a central red spot with a circle surrounding it. It can happen anywhere in your body. important thing is that the rash can disappear soon even if not treated this leads to patients not thinking much about it. This rash usually doesn’t itch. If you have bed ticks and develop a rash consult your doctor. You may experience discoloured or white patches of thin skin. Skin infections like the B-cell lymphoma are not unheard of in this disease. Most of the patients diagnosed with the Lyme disease do not remember the rash and even less notice the tick bite.
Initial symptoms are like flu with fever fluctuating. You will feel tired and will lack energy throughout the day. Feeling sleepy and dizziness in the head is a red signal, you may have Lyme disease. The fatigue can be debilitating, and you may notice that you have never experienced such a level of fatigue previously in your life. Neck pain and sore throat are also observed in patients later diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Achy, Stiff, or Swollen Joints
Stiffness and ache in joints are also linked to this disease. You may feel swollen joints, and the range of joints can be severely limited. The pain is moving around your joints at one time you may feel the pain in your knees at other time it may be felt in the neck. These symptoms can be easily misinterpreted as arthritis our gout. Muscle inflammation is also a common symptom of this disease.
Irregularities in Sleep
Irregular sleep in which you have sweat in sleep and your face and head can be flushed red in this disease. You may wake up during the night due to fluctuating body temperature.
The Decline of Cognitive Functions
You may experience a lack of concentration. Memory lapses are also common. Forgetting common things like familiar faces, your route to home or office, your keys and you might pass on easily this as your age or lack of sleep or work stress, but this can prove to be a grave mistake. You may feel irritable or depressed without any reason. You may feel like it is taking ages to process simple information like what to eat for dinner, a decision you previously took in a matter of seconds. Occurrences such as the patient going to the store and forgetting why or when he got there have been reported.
Sensitivity to Light and Tingling Sensation
You might need sunglasses indoor yes that is the level of sensitivity to light you might feel during this disease. Loss of sense of smell and tingling sensation in hands and feet are also associated with this disease. The bacterial infection can cause damage to one or more of your cranial nerves; if the bacteria affect your facial nerve(a type of cranial nerve), then you may experience paralysis on both sides of your face. This is sometimes mistakenly diagnosed as palsy. Some patients report hearing loss, ringing sensation in ear and Jaw pain. Blurry vision is also a symptom which is associated with this disease. Shooting pain can occur in this disease.
The bacteria of Lyme disease can be detrimental to your heart tissue; they can cause chest pains, shortness of breath or palpitations of your heart. The infection can also cause blockage in the heart. The other uncommon symptoms include hepatitis and eye swelling.
Lyme disease is more common in children than in adults; the school performance may degrade, your child may become irritable and complain of joint pain without any notable reason, this is a sure shot sign of the disease.
Lyme disease is more dangerous because its symptoms are confusing and more commonly associated with other diseases. ELISA and WESTERN BLOT tests are used to diagnose this disease but these tests are not 100% reliable, and you may need an experienced doctor to rule out other possibilities and diagnose the Lyme disease.
Having ticks especially black-legged ones is a certain way to tell that you might have Lyme disease if you experience one or many of the symptoms mentioned above.
Three weeks of an antibiotics course is the suggested Cure for Lyme disease.