can Lyme disease cause other illnesses

Can Lyme Disease Cause Other Illnesses?

Alane Wincek, ND, CNC
Lyme Literate, holistic nutritionist, naturopath, author
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June 15, 2023

Can Lyme Disease Cause Other Illnesses?

Lyme disease has been associated with the potential to contribute to causing or worsening other illnesses, including multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, lupus, autoimmune disorders, Fibromyalgia, Cardio issues, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Lyme disease has been the subject of ongoing research and discussion about its connection to other illnesses and symptoms. There is plenty of evidence to suggest a possible link.

Some people with Lyme disease have said they have had symptoms similar to MS, such as neurological impairments and demyelinating lesions. Similarly, research has considered connections between Lyme disease and Parkinson’s disease, with some studies indicating a higher prevalence of Lyme infections in Parkinson’s patients.

One of the labs I use on my clients is fantastic at indicating what Lyme is doing to the person’s neurologic system, including levels of demyelination, Parkinson’s risk, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmunity against the brain.

My clinic and research have also seen how Lyme disease can trigger or exacerbate various autoimmune disorders and conditions like lupus. The potential association between Lyme disease and Alzheimer’s disease is currently being investigated, as chronic inflammation and infection have been suggested as factors in Alzheimer’s.

Of course, it is necessary to note that these links are still being studied. However, as someone who has dealt with Lyme disease for over 30 years, I know it is vital to address any underlying conditions when desiring remarkable health turnarounds.

Can Lyme Disease Cause Other Issues? 

If left untreated, Lyme disease  can cause other issues like joint pain, heart infections, and nervous system disorders. 

Common symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, and neurological impairments. But there can be other symptoms that can vary from person to person. No two people are 100% similar when dealing with Lyme disease. 

With some people suffering from Lyme, the symptoms may be cognitive. They may have brain fog, memory issues, or trouble concentrating. You would be amazed to realize how many children diagnosed with Attention issues have Lyme disease. Children or adults may suffer mood changes, depression, anxiety, or insomnia. I tend to hear many clients with Lyme disease state that when they lie down exhausted to go to sleep, they feel a vibration within their nervous system that keeps them awake. 

Some Lyme disease infections can affect the cardiovascular system, leading to heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain. 

Other clients describe their main complaint as Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and digestive issues that all came on suddenly or worsened once a tick bite happened. 

 Think about the many people with sensory disturbances. Many people describe having tingling or numbness in the extremities and eye-brain-related problems. These can manifest as a sensitivity to light or sound.

 Understanding that Lyme disease can cause various issues and symptoms is essential. This is why we highly rely on getting to the root cause of any of these symptoms so that true healing can a better quality of life can occur. 

What Autoimmune Diseases Mimic Lyme Disease? 

Several autoimmune diseases can exhibit symptoms similar to those of Lyme disease, making it essential to consider these conditions during evaluations. When someone comes into my clinic with Lupus, for example, displaying Lyme-like symptoms, labs always indicate a tick infection. 

Several autoimmune diseases can present symptoms resembling Lyme disease, leading to challenges with the correct treatment. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis (MS) can have overlapping symptoms to Lyme like fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, bone pain, rashes, insomnia, cognitive issues, and neurological discomfort.

Lyme should be considered as a possible cause in all of these situations. If Lyme is the cause of the autoimmune disease and it is not treated, the individual may not improve as much as they could.

My clinic believes in comprehensive testing for autoimmunity, Lyme infections, and nervous system challenges. This way, we have all your answers and a clear path to good health and healing.

Can Lyme Disease Cause Other Illnesses?  Read about Alane’s personal Lyme disease story? Click here to read more. 

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Hey! I’m Alane Wincek , ND, CNC. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health. 

In the 1980s, I came down with Lyme Disease, which changed my life. Unable to walk for five long years and then trying everything to get better was a daily task. I succeeded and welcome the opportunity to tell you how.

I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, and recover from all sorts health challenges including Lyme.

Obsessed With: my family, my dog, my clients, loving life, and living it to the fullest! 

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