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.