The symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to many other conditions
The symptoms of Lyme disease fool many patients and doctors, but not the Lyme literate practitioners at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee. Debra Muth ND and her team are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of this evasive condition. They work with a team of skilled professionals to implement individualized treatment programs that help patients get their lives back.
Many patients dismiss early symptoms of Lyme disease
The early symptoms of Lyme disease that occur within the first 30 days after a tick bite are vague and flu-like. Patients often disregard the way they feel, assuming it’s due to a virus, allergies or some other problem that will go away on its own. In addition, the deer ticks, or black-legged ticks on the West Coast of the U.S., that transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease are very tiny, and a person may not realize that he or she has a tick bite.
Here are early symptoms of Lyme disease that patients should be aware of.
- Body and muscle aches
- Lyme disease rash
One of the most discussed symptoms of Lyme disease is the erythema migrans (EM) rash. It often looks like a bull’s eye. It may also appear as a solid, red rash. The rash may feel warm, but it doesn’t typically feel itchy or painful. About 20-30% of patients develop this rash any time from three to 30 days after receiving a bite.
Untreated Lyme disease causes more severe symptoms
The patients we see at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee often seek our help after months or even years of suffering from the symptoms of Lyme disease. Many people are told they have multiple sclerosis, psychiatric issues, fibromyalgia or other illnesses. Here are the symptoms that may appear in various body systems when the disease is left untreated.
- Neurological symptoms, including balance problems, dizziness, tremors, foggy thinking, short-term memory issues, blurry or double vision, numbness, burning sensations, severe headaches and Bell’s Palsy, which causes the face to droop or lose muscle tone.
- Musculoskeletal symptoms, including stiff neck, severe pain or swelling in the joints, and muscle pain.
- Cardiac symptoms are rare, but can include Lyme carditis, an irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations, a heart block or murmur, and heart valve prolapse.
- Pulmonary symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain and soreness in the ribs.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bladder problems and gastritis.
- Neuropsychiatric symptoms, including depression, sleep problems and panic attacks.
Patients should consult our Lyme literate practitioners even if they feel like their symptoms of Lyme disease are diminishing. Untreated, this condition remains in the body and can cause serious problems over time.
Our Lyme literate practitioners recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease
At our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee, our staff examines many patients with Lyme disease. Experience and training make us more effective than the average practice at recognizing the symptoms of Lyme disease. Don’t take chances with your health by ignoring potential problems. Contact us for an appointment.