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Are Lyme Disease Symptoms Cyclical?

Since Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, many assume it’s simple to treat: you take antibiotics, and the bacteria die. However, that is not always the case. While some people can treat their Lyme disease with no issue, many go on to suffer long-term consequences from the infection. A condition known as post-Lyme disease syndrome affects many people, meaning they continue to experience Lyme disease symptoms long after treatment has occurred. 

Lyme disease symptoms are not fun to deal with and can even cause permanent damage to various areas of the body. But how exactly do symptoms develop? And are Lyme disease symptoms cyclical or constant? 

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How To Differentiate Bell’s Palsy From Lyme-Related Facial Palsy

Lyme disease is often called “the great imitator” because its symptoms can be easily mistaken for those of other conditions. There are three stages of a Lyme infection, all of which present with various ailments comparable to well-known disorders. For example, during the first stage of the disease, people experience symptoms that resemble the flu. 

As Lyme advances to Stage 2, symptoms that resemble heart problems can be present. Late-stage Lyme disease, or Stage 3 of the infection, can present similarly to arthritis, vertigo, cognitive disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of its ability to appear as something else entirely, it isn’t easy to diagnose Lyme. 

One other condition that Lyme disease can mimic is Bell’s palsy. But what is Bell’s palsy, and what symptoms occur in Lyme disease that present in a similar manner? Read on to learn how to differentiate Bell’s palsy from Lyme-related facial palsy.

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Can Lyme Disease Cause Trigger Points?

Lyme disease is known for its capacity to wreak havoc on the entire body, especially if it isn’t treated early. This is because the borrelia bacteria has a particular way of setting up shop deep within the body’s and evading immune cells and antibiotic treatment. In some cases, treating Lyme disease early can lead to a full recovery. In others, even people who have treated their Lyme disease can end up with what is known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. If the infection is left untreated for too long, irreparable damage can be done within the body.

While symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue are commonly associated with Lyme disease, the condition can also affect many other aspects of the body such as the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and the musculoskeletal system. When the musculoskeletal system is attacked, for example, it can lead to pain and inflammation in the joints, tendons, bones, and muscles. So can Lyme disease cause trigger points as well? Read on to learn more.

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Contrast Sensitivity Impairment In Post-Treatment Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can present with mild to moderate symptoms upon the initial infection. When a person seeks treatment promptly, their chances of destroying the bacteria completely are higher; however, if treatment is delayed, the bacteria can essentially “camp out” within the tissues of the body, causing chronic post-Lyme disease symptoms.

When someone develops post-Lyme disease syndrome, they can experience issues with various parts of the body – the bacteria doesn’t discriminate, and can attack several different organs and organ systems. In some cases, Lyme disease can attack the structures of the eye, such as the optic nerve. When this happens, the eye structures become inflamed, which affects vision and could bring on pain in the eyes. In some cases, other vision issues can develop, such as contrast sensitivity. But what is contrast sensitivity, exactly? And what is the evidence surrounding contrast sensitivity impairment in post-treatment Lyme disease?

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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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