Lyme Topics – Begin with Prevention
Indiana Lyme Topics & Recommendation
It is portant to understand several or all of the intricacies of Lyme Disease, and how to prevent it in Indiana and elsewhere. Our topics above focus on providing information pertinent to those with Lyme Disease, those fighting chronic Lyme Disease, people bitten by a tick, those supporting Lyme disease patients, and then simply those looking for more information. The Top Link above on the left, Lyme Prevention, is a great place to begin.
LymeR Primer (pdf) Awareness Brochure: symptoms, tests, tick identification, diseases ticks carry, prevention, tick removal, tick testing, general facts and symptoms about Lyme and many tick-borne diseases.
Lyme Signs & Symptoms Rash: Only about 9% get the classic bull’s eye rash. Others may get another type of EM rash or may get no rash at all. Rash at other than bite site may be disseminated disease.
Musculoskeletal: joint/muscle pain in feet, ankle pain, shin splints, joint pain or swelling, stiffness of the joints, neck or back, muscle pain or cramps that migrate, TMJ, neck creaks & cracks, neck stiffness.
Reproductive: testicular pain/pelvic pain, menstrual irregularity, milk production (lactation), sexual dysfunction or loss of libido.
Cardiac/Pulmonary: chest pain or rib soreness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block, heart murmur.
Neurological: muscle twitching, headache, tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), dizziness, poor balance, increased motion sickness, light-headedness, wooziness, difficulty walking, tremor, confusion, difficulty thinking/concentrating/ reading, forgetfulness, poor short term memory, disorientation (getting lost, going to wrong place), difficulty with speech, double or blurry vision, eye pain, blindness, increased floaters, increased sensitivity to light or sound, buzzing or ringing in ears, ear pain, decreased hearing, seizure activity, white matter lesions, low blood pressure.
Neuropsychiatric: mood swings, violent outbursts, irritability, depression, disturbed sleep (too much, too little, early awakening), personality changes, obsessive – compulsive disorder (OCD), paranoia, panic/anxiety attacks, hallucinations.
Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting, GERD, change in bowel function (constipation, diarrhea), gastritis, abdominal cramping, cystitis, irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction, newly diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Other: fever, sweats, or chills, weight change (loss or gain), fatigue, tiredness, hair loss, swollen glands, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swelling around the eyes, burning in feet, swelling.
Lyme from Borrelia mayonii Early symptoms: fever, headaches, rash, neck pain Later: arthritis. Difference from Borrelia burgdorferi may include nausea & vomiting, diffuse rashes, higher concentration of bacteria in blood. Choice of treatment depends on length & severity of illness & potential for co-infections.