Lyme disease was first described in the United States in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, but has now been reported in most parts of the United States.
Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by a skin rash, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted by the bite of a deer tick.
Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, objestive physical findings (such as erythema migrans, facial palsy, or arthritis), and a history of possible exposure to infected ticks.Â Not all patients with Lyme disease will develop the characteristic bulls-eye rash, and many may not recall a tick bite.Â Laboratory tests can be very helpful but are not generally recommended for people who do not have symptoms of Lyme disease, and it does still not always show up on the tests.
Deer ticks can be so small that they are almost impossible to see. Therefore, many people with Lyme disease never even see a tick. These people are more likely to develop symptoms because the tick remained on their body longer.
The symptoms of Lyme disease are: A flat or slightly raised red lesion at the site of the tick bite (can be larger than 1 to 3 inches in diameter, often with a clear area in the center), fever, headache, lethargic, muscle pains, stiff neck, joint inflammation and pain, itching (over all), unusual or strange behavior, shooting pains that may interfere with sleep, heart palpitations, dizziness, problems with concentration and short term memory, fatigue, swollen glands, upset stomach, forgetfulness, Sleep disorders, depression, sensitity to light and sound, it can go up in the brain and you can have nuerological and central nerves system damage.
The Lyme disease bacterium can infect several parts of the body, producing different symptoms at different times. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, and many of the symptoms can occur with other diseases as well.
There is a wide range of opinion when it comes to the treatment of lyme disease. Some natural treatments are; Echinacea and Garlic are really good for the immune system. Recently a Doctor told me about a girl that has had success with Defense Plus (grapefruit seed extract), Ashwagandha and Silver Biotic Solution. There are also Fever Treatments, and the Hyperbaric Chamber that have been also helpful natural treatments. There are other natural treatments but these are the oneâ€™s that I have chosen.
Doctors usually give doxycycline and there are other antibiotic and the IV that are given. Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stages of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. A few patients, particularly those diagnosed with later stages of disease, may have persistent or recurrent symptoms. These patients may benefit from a second 4-week course of therapy. Longer courses of antibiotic treatment have not been shown to be beneficial and have been linked to serious complications, including death.
The best though is to avoid getting lymes if all possible. When walking or hiking in wooded or grassy areas, tuck long pants into socks to protect the legs, and wear shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Ticks will show up on white or light colors better than dark colors, making them easier to remove from your clothing. Spray your clothes with insect repellant. Check yourself and your pets frequently. If you find ticks, remove them immediately by using tweezers, pulling carefully and steadily. Ticks can be fairly large — about the size of a pencil eraser — or so small that they are almost impossible to see. After returning home, remove your clothes and thoroughly inspect all skin surface areas, including your scalp. Ticks can quickly climb up the length of your body. Some ticks are large and easy to locate. Other ticks can be quite small, so carefully evaluate all spots on the skin.
Diana Bidwell found a tick on her right shoulder, she did not think any thing of it, but it bothered her. She did not suspect lyme disease until 6 weeks later. When she got the flu, rash, and was achy all over. She Started to have a lot of the symptoms, like joint and heart pain. She was not taking antibiotics, but she was having an 11/2 fever treatment 5 times a week for 2 weeks with no affect on her lyme disease. Dr. Calvin had her take a fever treatment for 3 hours keeping her body tempature between 102-103. After the treatment she went to bed and sleep all night. It has been 7 years since then and she has not had any recurrence of lyme disease. There have been several others that I have heard of that have a fever treatment for 3-4 hours has cured them.
By: Joella Meyer
Medical Encyclopedia Updated by: Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001319.htm#SymptomsAccessed: 11-27-06
Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases – CDC
Dr. William Fife at Texas A & M University
Perlmutter Hyperbaric Center at 239-434-9699.