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10 Alarming Neurological Symptoms of Lyme Disease That You Should Look Out For

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					Lyme disease is an infection that results from the bite of an infected tick. The illness
is caused by the bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Forested areas and those
with lush grasses are ripe for tick habitat so if you live near these, always protect
yourself when you go outside. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash in the bite
area which spreads over time and many flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body pains,
fatigue and chills. Apart from the symptoms that appear in the earlier stage of Lyme
disease, neurological symptoms can also begin to manifest weeks or even years after
being infected.

Numbness

Numbness is an indication of diseased or damaged nerves. Many people suffering
from Lyme disease describe the feeling of the disease as something like pins and
needles on their skin, and they often in the affected area, experience prickling or
burning. Numbness causes patients to experience a loss of sensation unlike paralysis
where patients are unable to move.

Uncommon sensations in the limbs

Patients will often feel a weakening sensation in the muscles of their limbs. They may
realize some sort of swelling, burning, some sort of injury and also pricking sensation
in their arms and legs.

Bell's palsy

Take note that if you have Lyme disease, you may suffer from Bell's palsy. Bell's
palsy is a disorder of the muscles of the face where the muscles become paralyzed due
to complications of the nerves of the face muscles. Patients can and usually do feel
paralyzed in at least half of their face or more.

Meningitis

Meningitis is one serious complication of Lyme disease. This condition can lead to a
very rapid death as the membranes around the brain and spinal cord swell. This
condition is known as meningitis and patients can experience stiff necks and
headaches that are not cured by typical over-the-counter medicines. They also become
sensitive to light.

Difficulty in eyesight or vision

Patients may feel changes in their vision. They may experience distorted, impaired or
blurry vision, night blindness and even loss of sight.
It is well-known that Lyme disease is a physical condition that may affect the
concentration abilities of the patient. Lack of focus and attention on one task is a
feature of such patients.

Cognitive disorder

Memory loss may be experienced by people suffering from Lyme disease. They can
have difficulty recalling details and may feel disoriented when trying to remember
something.

Encephalopathy

When Lyme disease is left untreated in its early stages, then it may cause Lyme
encephalopathy. Some symptoms of encephalopathy are dramatic mood swings,
depression and a tingling sensation in the limbs.

Sleep disorder

People infected with Lyme disease may experience changes in their sleeping patterns.
They can have sleep disturbances such as insomnia and sleep apnea.

Cognitive impairment

Cognitive impairment may be caused by Lyme disease. Thinking and making
decisions may be difficult for the patients. Also associated with cognitive impairment
is poor concentration and memory loss.

Knowing about Lyme disease is critical to give suitable treatment before the condition
worsens. No matter what, preventing it is still more effective than treating it, so you
need to follow every precaution possible to avoid becoming infected.

				
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