Some Symptoms lyme disease can mimic accelerated aging. When I turned 72, I found myself slowing down, my memory slipped a bit. I thought it was aging. After all what did I know? I had never been 72 before. A year passed and I realized that new symptoms were the same as I had experienced when I had lyme disease a few years ago. I got tested. Yes, that tick borne disease was back and as I got treated, I began to lose those deficits I had associated with aging.
Lyme disease is the great imitator. There are now studies showing that it can even appear to be MS or Parkinson's or ALS. And when the lyme was treated the other condition retreated! Testing for tick borne diseases is important. Not everyone gets the famous 'bulls eye rash" Many people never saw a tick because they were bitten by a tick in its nymph stage, when it is as small as a pepper grain.
If you or someone you care about begins to show or complain of any of the following symptoms, do suggest that they get a lyme titer test.
Cognitive Symptoms of lyme disease: Problems with short term memory, long term memory, confusion, difficulty thinking, not being able to concentrate, difficulties with reading or writing, slow or slurred speech, getting lost, feeling that they have 'brain fog', difficulty in performing simple tasks. Yes, many of these Symptoms of lyme disease are those we associate with senility or even Alzheimer's disease. Get a test for tick borne disease before assuming that it is some other serious condition.
Bone and Muscular problems Swollen or painful joints. This often moves from joint to joint. Inflammation of muscles and tendons. Aching or twitching muscles. Bone pain. Fluid on the knee or any joint or bursa. sore soles of your feet. Stiff neck, cracking noise when moving, Bells's palsy signs, jaw pain, dental problems
Ears and Eyes Decrease in hearing in one or both ears, buzzing or ringing ears, sensitivity to noise, itching inside ears. Sensitivity to light, double vision, floating spot, phantom objects or images at the edge of vision, eye twitches, pain in or around the eye, blindness.
Heart Symptoms lyme disease Slow or fast heart beats, skipped heart beats, fainting, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, inflammation of heart muscles, heart murmur, enlarged heart, heart block.
Intestinal problems Cramps, upset stomach, diarrhea, consitpation, nausea, GERD.
Sexual dysfunction Unexplained menstrual pain or irregularity, breast pain or discharge, pelvic pain, testicular problems, loss of sex drive.
Other possible Symptoms lyme disease. Unexplained weight gain/loss, cough, hair loss, kidney and irritable bladder, thyroid problems, heavy metals in the body.
If you are interested in other sources of Cognitive problems go to: Symptoms lyme disease or Aging or B12 deficiency Lyme is not the only cause of cognitive difficulties or 'apparent' senility!
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