You likely have come to this site because you are experiencing unusual symptoms and want answers and a diagnosis. You may recall a recent tick-bite, one from years ago or you may not recall ever being bitten. You may have had flu-like symptoms lasting 24 hours or less and you may have gone through a traumatic event prior to the onset of symptoms. You may feel sudden neurological symptoms that likely come and go in waves and are outside of your bodies norm, including:
Just to name a few... These may well indeed be Lyme disease symptoms.
The prevalence of Lyme disease misdiagnosis is alarming. If you are not getting answers to your symptoms and a proper diagnosis, like many Lyme patients, you WILL need to become your own advocate. Start here by visiting Lymedisease.org and completing a symptom checker to see if you are at risk to receive proper treatment.
MS - Strong evidence suggests Lyme and MS are linked. Autopsies have shown spirochetes in the brains of MS patients, particularly the tail of the spirochete, called the flagella. Flagella immunologically looks like myelin, the fatty tissue that protects nerve cells which is damaged in MS patients. MS like many of other 'sexy diseases' like Alzheimers and Parkinson's mysteriously do not have a known cause, just signs and symptoms. If Lyme disease symptoms mimic MS, does it raise the question that Lyme may be the cause of MS that there is an underlying infection that needs to be treated? Watch Dr. Steven Phillips interview with Dana Parish to find out more on this association and how Lyme treatment has helped many MS patients.
Alzheimer's - Alzheimers, a neuro-degenerative disorder, the most common form of dementia is a break down of nerve cells in the brain, most likely associated with an accumulation of protein cells and plaque. While heredity and genetics play a role in the disease, a known root cause for the reaction/build up of proteins in the brain is still undetermined. The possibility that pathogens can cause or contribute to Alzheimer's is now being carefully considered, given the findings of autopsies of Alzheimer's brains. A rise of beta-amyloid and microglia cells in Alzheimers patients are indicators of an infectious or inflammatory response in the brain. Borrelia spirochetes, an unconventional infectious organism has been proven to cause chronic infection and dementia over a long period of time, especially once spirochetes mutate to a biofilm state making them impenetrable to antibiotics and the immune system. Is it possible that late-stage neurological Lyme disease is the cause of such brain degeneration and Alzheimer's disease?
Auto-immune - Since tick-borne infections produce inflammatory cytokines and neurotoxins, auto-immune symptoms arise. If you have received an auto-immune diagnosis like RA, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, MS etc, ask your doctor what the root cause of thIs is. If you are no reasonable answer is given, then a second opinion from a LLMD is highly recommended, since Lyme can mimic all of these diseases.
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