Lyme and Associated Vector-Borne Disease
Lyme disease is a treatable illness, whether you've had a recent exposure or been sick for years.
Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis, not a laboratory diagnosis. Several other illnesses can have the same symptoms, and must be considered in the differential diagnosis. The standard lab test misses 44 out of every 100 cases of Lyme disease. If your test is negative, it does not mean you do not have Lyme disease and/or associated co-infections.
The average patient goes to five health care practitioners before being diagnosed. Sometimes Lyme disease is found in patients who have multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, auto-immune diseases, mold toxicity, heavy metal toxicity, electro-magnetic field exposure, parasite infections.
This illness can affect many body systems, or be predominantly in one system. Symptoms can come and go. Symptoms can change.
The following is a partial list of possible symptoms of Lyme and vector-borne disease. Many of these symptoms can also be seen in the other illnesses listed above: short term memory loss, poor concentration, word finding difficulty, severe depression, OCD, panic, fear, anxiety, diagnosis of Bipolar disorder, rapid mood swings, tenderness on top of the head, numbness on any part(s) of the body, nightmares, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat, irregular heart beat, sweats, chills, fevers, sensations in the hands and/or feet, sensitivity to sound, light, ringing in ears, swollen glands, mild sore throat, dry cough, skin rashes, burning nerve pain, severe joint pain, tooth pain, weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, stiff neck, parts of the body that are sensitive to touch, poor sleep, frequent infections, delayed healing, symptoms that get worse before, during, or after menstruation, low grade fevers, 'hot flashes', migrating joint pain, muscle aches, chest pain, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, irritability, mood swings, back pain, blurred vision, double vision, eye pain, jaw pain, testicular/pelvic pain, dizzyness, crawling sensation on skin, pain on the bottom of your feet, urinary frequency without bacteria present in the urine.
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