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Musculoskeletal Symptoms Of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the borrelia bacteria and is contracted when a person is bitten by an infected tick. When the bacteria makes its way into the body, it travels throughout the bloodstream, causing damage that may lead to various symptoms and ailments. At first the bacteria typically causes flu-like symptoms, but all systems in the body can become affected by a Lyme infection.

One such system that can be negatively affected by Lyme is the musculoskeletal system and all areas of the body that are part of it. But what is the musculoskeletal system, exactly, and how does the borrelia bacteria infiltrate it and cause damage? Read on to learn all you need to know about the potential musculoskeletal symptoms of Lyme disease.

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Neurological Complications Of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can create a range of different health issues if left untreated. Unfortunately, because the early stages of Lyme disease are so non-specific in terms of symptoms, many people may be completely unaware that they even have the infection. For people who don’t immediately think about tick bites when they feel flu symptoms come on, the possibility of Lyme disease is the furthest thing from their mind.

Unfortunately, having Lyme disease over the long term can lead to various debilitating symptoms – but diagnosing Lyme disease or getting it treated before it turns into something more sinister isn’t always the way things go for people who contract the infection. So what are the many health issues caused by chronic Lyme? Can neurological symptoms be one of them? Read on for all you need to know about the potential neurological complications of Lyme disease.

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5 Ways Lyme Disease Can Affect Eyesight

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can affect the body as a whole, as well as its individual parts. The bacteria that causes the infection can camp out in tissues for a long time, making it that much more difficult to get rid of. Even with treatment, some bacteria may stay out of reach, biding its time to come back out and cause illness all over again. This is why it can be hard to determine if Lyme disease has been treated successfully or if new symptoms are developing because of an old Lyme infection.

The symptoms most associated with a Lyme disease infection, such as flu-like symptoms, a rash, and joint aches and pains, are often present in early infection. However, late-stage Lyme disease can come with a host of various symptoms that are not always seen in every patient. So can Lyme disease affect eyesight, for example? And if so, how?

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Connection Between Lyme Disease & The Vagus Nerve

Lyme disease has the power to affect the body in various ways. When the borrelia bacteria, which causes Lyme disease, makes its way into the bloodstream from the bite of an infected tick, it travels throughout the body, settling in tissues, joints, the heart, and throughout the nervous system.

Because the bacteria can easily go undetected, Lyme disease is often hard to treat and can leave lasting symptoms. In the worst cases, the infection can lead to permanent damage to the joints and other areas of the body. Recent research has investigated chronic Lyme and the vagus nerve to see if there is any connection. But what is the vagus nerve, and can it actually be affected by Lyme disease?

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Could Lyme Disease Infection Increase Your Chances Of Developing Certain Cancers?

Lyme disease, caused by the borrelia bacteria, can cause a wide variety of different health issues – even after it has been treated. The bacteria can evade detection by the immune system in many ways. It inhibits the action of the immune system, changes its own outer membrane antigens so that immune cells can’t detect it, and hides within tissues in the body. It isn’t just the immune system that can get confused by the borrelia bacteria, but antibiotics as well. Because of the way borrelia biofilm blocks antibiotics from getting inside the extracellular matrix, antibiotics can be ineffective at killing it.

Due to these sly functionalities of the Lyme disease-inducing bacteria, it can often lead to the development of further health complications. But just how serious can these complications be? Does Lyme disease increase cancer risk, for example? 

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