Undetected, Lyme disease takes hold and hides in the nervous system, especially in the brain, causing havoc to cognitive functions, often going diagnosed and treated incorrectly.
Lyme disease is also one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Caused by the bite of a deer tick that is infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) spirochete, Spring is the ideal time to catch Lyme disease. Ticks often survive the winter season and are lying in wait for us when we resume our outdoor activities.
Lyme is difficult to diagnose because less than half of all Lyme patients ever notice a tick bite or develop the signature bulls-eye rash. As a result, many patients go untreated and develop psychiatric and/or neurological symptoms that are misdiagnosed and mistreated. In fact, untreated Lyme disease can mimic or cause virtually any kind of psychiatric, neurological, or medical symptoms.
Cognitive symptoms from Lyme disease may include memory and concentration impairments, ADHD-like symptoms, learning disabilities, language and speech abnormalities, OCD, crying spells, rages, depression/bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorders and other psychoses.
With the brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging we do here at Amen Clinics we are more easily able to identify and diagnose Lyme disease, and the sooner Lyme is detected and diagnosed, the better.
The biggest challenge, if Lyme goes undetected, is that the infection remains with you essentially forever. However, with proper diagnoses and treatment, Lyme disease can typically be treated quite effectively.
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