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Lyme Disease Symptoms and Disease Information

At Sunridge, our physicians are experts in treating chronic disease with holistic alternative therapies.By utilizing the most advanced diagnostics from labs that specialize in testing for tick-borne illness, along with a thorough evaluation aimed at uncovering some important information about the patient’s illness, Sunridge is able to detect and treat Lyme with repeated success.

Using advanced technologies, the physicians at Sunridge Medical have successfully diagnosed and treated Lyme disease and the accompanying chronic illnesses. If you are suffering from Lyme or related symptoms, call our office to speak to a patient care representative to learn about our therapies and treatment options.

A Collage of 3 Lyme Disease Patients Who Came to Sunridge Medical

Watch the video to learn about a patient’s recovery with alternative Lyme disease treatments at Sunridge Medical Center

Successful Alternative Treatment for Lyme Disease

About Lyme Disease

Named after the town in Connecticut in which it was first discovered in 1975, Lyme Disease is an infectious disease caused from a bacteria known as B. burgdorferi that has entered into the bloodstream.

Although it was known to be tick related, it wasn’t until 1981 when the cause or bacteria of the disease was first discovered by Willy Burgdorfer.Lyme Disease Map Once thought to only be transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick,it is now known that mice, mosquitos and biting flies can also transmit Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the U.S. Though cases have been reported in all states within the U.S. except Montana, 99% of all reported cases come from the Northern Hemisphere. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Wisconsin and Minnesota are among the most common areas of infection. Not all ticks carry the bacteria known to cause Lyme disease however, only a few species of the genus Ixodes or “hard ticks” are considered carriers.

Early Symptoms

The onset of symptoms, usually characterized by a circular skin rash with a red dot in the center, occur in approximately 50% of patients, accompanied by fever, headache, fatigue, and depression. Most cases if caught early are easier to treat with antibiotics. If left untreated however, symptoms may become more serious, affecting the joints, heart and central nervous system. Early detection is crucial to successful outcomes in which the standard treatment of antibiotics is prescribed. However, only in rare cases are the side effects of Lyme permanent, or show little response to various forms of treatment.

Unfortunately, early detection of the disease while favorable, can be challenging. Tests for Lyme often show false negatives up to 3 or 4 times before patients actually test positive for the disease. Additionally the symptoms are so widespread it is often overlooked as a possible cause and is misdiagnosed as another disease with matching symptoms.

Note: Cases in Europe show a slightly different skin condition called borrelial lymphocytoma, characterized by a purplish lump on the ear lobe, scrotum or nipple.  This rash is absent in North American patients.

The Infection

The incubation period starting from the time of a bite to the onset of symptoms is usually one to two weeks but can be much shorter or longer, ranging in months to even years.  Within days to weeks after infection, the Borrelia bacteria may begin to spread throughout the bloodstream. Lyme disease left untreated or improperly diagnosed can lead to disabling symptoms that are more difficult to treat.

Many earlier cases of Lyme disease were either misdiagnosed or untreated leaving those affected with chronic symptoms.

Acute Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Untreated or the often misdiagnosed patients may suffer from more acute neurological problems such as facial palsy (loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face) as well as meningitis, involving severe headaches, neck stiffness, and sensitivity to light.  Other symptoms include shooting pains (Radiculoneuritis) and abnormal skin sensations. In the most extreme and rare cases, paraparesis can occur permanently.

Additional symptoms occurring in approximately 5% of untreated cases include chronic neurological symptoms such as shooting pains, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet. Subtle cognitive problems may also occur like difficulty concentrating and short term memory loss but are also less common.

Lyme Disease is Often Misdiagnosed As:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder ADD/ADHD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
  • Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis
  • Malignant Lymphoma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Thyroid/Adrenal Problems
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Scleroderma
  • CREST Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Thyroid
  • Anxiety/Depression/Bipolar
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • GERD (acid reflux)
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Vertigo/Migraines

Hear from one of our patients below as she talks in depth about her illness and the treatment she received

Over 100 Lyme Disease Symptoms – No 2 Cases Are the Same

 

Common Lyme Disease Symptoms: There are over 100

  • Anxiety
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Brain Fog
  • Burning or stabbing pain
  • Cardiac Impairment
  • Change in bowel function
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Difficulty thinking or concentration
  • Difficulty speaking or reading
  • Difficulty finding words, name blocking
  • Disorientation. Get lost easily
  • Disturbed sleep:too much, too little
  • Buzzing or ringing in ears
  • Double vision, blurry, floaters, light sensitive
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy)
  • Fatigue tiredness, poor stamina
  • Forgetfullness
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Heart block/Heart murmur
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heart valve prolapse
  • Increased motion sickness
  • Irritability
  • Irritable bladder
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low back pain
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle pain or cramps
  • Neck creaks & cracks
  • Neck stiffness, pain
  • Numbness
  • Pelvic pain
  • Poor attention
  • Poor balance
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Problems absorbing new information
  • Pulse skips
  • Rib soreness
  • Sexual disfunction/loss of libido
  • Shooting pains
  • Shortness of breath; cough
  • Skin hypersensitivity
  • Sore throat
  • Stiffness of the joints or back
  • Swollen glands
  • Testicular pain
  • Tingling
  • Tremor
  • Twitching of the face or other muscles
  • Unexplained breast pain
  • Unexplained fever, sweats, chills, flushing
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Unexplained menstrual irregularity
  • Unexplained milk production
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Upset stomach or abdominal pain
  • Vertigo
  • Wooziness

Read more on Lyme Here: What You May Not Know About Lyme Disease

For answers to your questions about our alternative treatments for Lyme Disease or to make an appointment, call us TODAY toll-free at (800) 923-7878 to speak with a Patient Care Representative. Let us help you get your life back.

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