Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lyme and co-infections

I'm sure if you have Lyme then you know more about it than your doctor.  However you may know someone who has it and want more information on the subject. It is an inflammatory disease that is caused by bacteria transmitted by ticks. A spirochete called Borrelia burgdorferi is responsible for Lyme disease and burrows into mostly collagen type of tissue. The sympstoms may include rash, headcache, fever, arthritis, neuorological, and cardiac disorders. According to my doctor, this disease can be transmitted by a mosquito, spider, tick, birth, or by an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). Some people may remember the day they were bit by a tick while others have no idea how they have Lyme disease. Lyme was discovered in Lyme Connecticut in 1975. The major Borrelia species causing Lyme disease are Borrelia burgorferi, Borrelia afzellii, and Borrelia garinii. 

Herxheimer Reaction is often referred to as herxing. Herxing is when dead bacteria release their endotoxins into the blood and tissues faster than the body can handle it. If you suffer from Lyme than more than likely you will experience herxing sometime during your treatment. 

Lyme disease symptoms can be life altering and frustrating. My symptoms included my eyes burning, anxiety, depression, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, inability to walk normally, tremors, low blood sugar, light sensitivity, tremors, teeth pain, migraines,fatigue, and insomnia. Here is a list of symptoms associated with Lyme disease.

There is an estimated 300,000 cases of Lyme each year. Lyme disease is unfortunately misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, A.L.S, Anxiety, Depression, Arthrytis, bi-polar, Crohn's disease, Chronic Fatique Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus, and many more other illnesses. I wish every doctor was aware of how serious this disease is and would test every patient with symptoms or refer them to LLMD. This disease is very costly if caught in the late chronic stages and recovery is more difficult. This disease can go into three stages. 

Here is a list of co-infections of Lyme and their symptoms: 
I tested positive for Lyme and some of these co-infections. Someone with co-infections usually have more severe symptoms and longer recovery time. 

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