By Maria Cummings and Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
I absolutely do not like bugs, and the tick is no exception. I never really thought much about them besides them being gross, until I started working in a Lyme-literate clinic, now I despise ticks even more! It is not only about how gross they are, but it is also very much about how dangerous these little bugs are!
I am more aware of ticks due to all the patients who come to our clinic with Lyme symptoms. Some patients remember the day it they got bit and others do not know when or where they were. I am thankful because I am aware and know the signs. So, here is What You Need to Know About Lyme.
The initial symptoms of Lyme may be flu-like with a slight or high fever that lasts only one day or a few days. Some people see a bulls-eye type rash somewhere on their body and others do not. After the flu-like symptoms go away, that is when the neurological type symptoms begin. These may include extreme fatigue, brain fog, nerve pain, light and noise sensitivity, trouble walking, headache, feeling unbalanced or fainting, body pain and nerve pain, especially in the feet. The longer Lyme is in your system, the worse it can get if left untreated. However, if someone is diagnosed early enough and given antibiotics for the full amount of time needed they can most likely beat the disease and feel fine the rest of their life.
These are the signs that may indicate Late Lyme disease symptoms: constant nerve pain, numbness, irregular heart rate, hot and cold sensations, memory loss, poor gait, sudden fatigue, sudden mood swings or depression and joint pain.
The sad truth is that most people do not know right away whether or not they have been bitten by a tick or if they have Lyme. This is because the general public is not that familiar with Lyme and that is why it usually goes undetected. However, it is better to know than to not know because Lyme can be dealt with, and in best case scenarios with early detection, Lyme can be beaten. If you suspect that you have Lyme or have been bitten by a tick, do not wait till it is too late. Find out with our Lyme: Western Blot Test. We have seen Lyme sufferers get better whether it be early Lyme, late Lyme or a chronic case of Lyme-There is hope!
We always start with the Labcorp Western Blot Test, and then we move to Igenex Lab testing if needed. In office and phone consultations are available for further health and wellness assistance. We have a naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel better!
To do a Western Blot Test via Labcorp click here!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Lyme: Western Blot Test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.