By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Each year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US, that’s really astounding! Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by ticks, which can be easily transmitted because ticks are almost everywhere! Lyme can also be carried by mosquitoes, spiders and flees. People can even get infected while they are near trees, walking on the grass and being around animals like dogs, cats and horses! Some ticks are so small and their bite painless that you may not even know if you were bitten by one.
Thankfully there are signs that may clue you in if you think you may have been bitten by a tick or if you think you have contracted Lyme Disease. A few of the early symptoms are if you have a red expanding rash in the shape of a bulls eye (a red dot with a red ring around it) mark, facial muscle weakness, sudden flu like symptoms, new stomach aches or migraines, fainting, shortness of breath and overall sudden weakness. Late Lyme disease symptoms are constant or chronic fatigue, nerve pain, numbness, irregular heart rate, hot and cold sensations, memory loss, poor gait, fatigue and joint pain.
But how does Lyme disease affect your health overall? That could depend whether or not you have chronic Lyme disease and how early or late treatment is administered. This is the tricky part because most people are misdiagnosed and aren’t aware that they have Lyme disease. Lyme disease can be debilitating for many people that are suffering from severe symptoms that have to do with the brain and nervous system. Lyme disease can affect your health tremendously! If you would like to discuss Lyme disease with our staff please contact our office. We have a medical doctor on staff and a naturopath that are both extremely Lyme Literate!
We offer in office appointments for local people and phone consultations for people not near us.
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