By: Annie Morgan
Lyme Disease is one of the most hotly debated medical issues in the country.
Some doctors claim it can be cured with 3 weeks of antibiotics while others insist once it turns chronic the best one can do is manage symptoms.
But if you don’t have the traditional “bullseye” rash, how do you know if you have Lyme disease?
That’s where things get complicated.
While the CDC estimates up to 80 percent of people bit by a tick get the classic “bullseye” rash, not all people develop this rash.
Every person is different and symptoms manifest in different ways, but there are a few common symptoms those with Chronic Lyme experience that are often misdiagnosed.
If you haven’t changed your eating habits and your body feels swollen and inflamed – something is seriously wrong.
Lyme can cause everything from painful arthritis to swollen joints, as Lyme loves to hide out in the joints.
Achy muscles and an overall feeling like your actual bones hurt are other red flags that should not be ignored.
If unaddressed, Lyme can even cause inflammation in the brain and spinal cord and cause your mental clarity to decline and lead to confusion and disorientation.
Lyme can attack the nervous system and cause everything from sharp shooting pain down your legs, to weakness and numbness of your limbs.
Some people even experience Bell’s palsy, where one side of the face becomes weakened and begins to droop.
These symptoms can occur years after a tick bite, and lead to an overall decreased quality of life.
If you are used to living an active lifestyle on 7 hours of sleep, and suddenly can’t find yourself with the energy to make it to the grocery store – something is wrong.
Many with Lyme disease experience extreme bursts of fatigue, needing to take naps throughout the day and reporting an overall lack of energy.
Some who thrived on 7 hours of sleep suddenly need 12-14 hours just to function properly.
Doctors who are not well-versed in Lyme often write this off as “stress” or “chronic fatigue” – when it’s really Lyme Disease.
Be Your Own Advocate
You know your body better than any doctor does. If you aren’t feeling right, and notice a combination of these symptoms, insist on a Lyme disease test.
What makes things even more complicated is that one can still have Lyme even though they test negative on the test, due to the nature of the disease and its ever-changing effects on the body.
Some doctors treat Lyme based on symptoms alone – and even if you test negative it can help you with a natural medicine plan to combat Lyme – such as Curcumin to treat inflammation and natural herbs to strengthen your immune system.
Having Lyme disease isn’t a death sentence – but it will change the way you live your life.
Eliminating all sugar from your diet is key, as sugar feeds Lyme.
In addition, healthy eating isn’t optional, as one of the best ways to combat Lyme disease is to maintain a strong immune system.
And when you are outdoors – make sure to protect yourself from ticks and check your body when you return indoors!
Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease?
How has it impacted their life?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the Lyme disease symptoms they may have missed.