A Second Bite of Lyme Disease

A Second Bite of Lyme Disease

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In our last article, we looked at where Lyme Disease in Crosby is most commonly found (most likely right where you’re reading this), how we get it (from those nasty tics *), and what to do if you find one on you.  Now we’re going to look briefly at the culprit(s) that cause the problem and explore some common symptoms if you happen to unfortunate enough to get Lyme Disease

Erythema migrans, a bullseye rash, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Occasionally, some people develop this rash at more than one place on their bodies. It should be noted, though, that not everyone with Lyme Disease develops the rash. Some sources say that less than half of those who contract Lyme Disease actual get the rash. This can make early diagnosis very difficult.

Invading organisms, which are what the tic transmits, have fancy names like Borrelia burgdorferi (the Lyme bacterium), Babesia, and Ehrlichia. The invader is less of an issue than the toxins they excrete which in turn can cause a wide swath of symptoms. To complicate things, the symptoms can depend on where these bad guys set up shop. They pick important areas like the brain and spinal cord, joints, muscles and organs.

Symptoms of Lymes Disease in Crosby MN

Like a great mimicker, the symptoms can be as simple as general fatigue, soreness and muscle aches. Fogginess, headaches, sleep disturbances, and difficulty healing can develop. Other serious problems such as heart complications, hearing loss, paralysis, and memory issues also occur. These are the tip of the iceberg of possible symptoms. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why having a experienced health professional in your corner can be extremely helpful.

Next time we’ll touch lightly on some of the reasons for the symptoms. We will also get into some of the testing needed and some of the issue surrounding them that add insult to injury.

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