If you’re like most Americans, then you may not know that Lyme disease is one of the most serious and undertreated conditions in the United States. With flu-like symptoms that can appear long after being bitten by an infected tick, it is often difficult to pinpoint the root cause of the symptoms. We reviewed a few of the most common Lyme disease symptoms you may be experiencing in a previous post, and in today’s post, we’ll continue to outline and explain the symptoms of Lyme disease.
Cognitive problems are among the most serious symptoms of Lyme disease. The Lyme bacteria can affect nerve endings and disrupt connections within the brain, leading to memory loss, concentration problems, and a general feeling that you are not quite as sharp as you once were. If you find it difficult to remember familiar names, recall momentous occasions, or process simple information, then you should make an appointment with our holistic health center so that we can review your symptoms.
Headaches and Sensitivity to Light
While neurological problems are certainly not flu-like symptoms, headaches and sensitivity to light most definitely are. Many patients who come to our holistic health center find themselves experiencing headaches shortly after waking up, or throughout the day as they are exposed to light. While the prevalence of Lyme disease is vastly underreported by the CDC and other national health agencies, light sensitivity is estimated to be a symptom in roughly 16 percent of confirmed cases. Blurry and impaired vision were reported by roughly 13 percent of Lyme patients.
Lyme bacteria can make their way into the heart’s tissue, causing a symptom known as Lyme carditis. While most people with Lyme carditis can recover with an effective Lyme support plan, the CDC has attributed several deaths to this condition. The symptoms can range from moderate to severe and include, but are not limited to:
- Sudden chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Racing heart
- Heart palpitations
Just as Lyme can affect the heart and brain, it can also affect the nerves in your face. Facial palsy is a late-stage symptom of Lyme disease that occurs when the facial muscles have been damaged by the bacteria. The symptoms of Lyme-caused facial palsy are often confused with the symptoms of a stroke, making this serious symptom even more difficult to treat.
So it is a matter of getting the appropriate evaluation and support. Functional medicine and applied kinesiology are unique in that they work together to uncover the root cause.