Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose. It manifests in many different ways and has been called the great imitator. People can experience a complex range of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, brain fog, cardiac arrhythmias, shortness of breath, hormone imbalances, kidney dysfunction, joint pain, etc. Lyme disease can be difficult to treat unless treatment is started promptly.
Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and is spread by infected ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, and other insects
Lyme disease can create an overactive nervous system which chronically activates the fight or flight stress response. Neurofeedback can help calm brainwaves associated with agitation, obsessive thoughts and fear associated with this stress response. Biofeedback can also help regulate the nervous system by normalizing heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow, breathing, skin sweat and body temperature. It is well known that a reduction of the stress response can have beneficial effects on the immune system’s ability to fight infections.
Lyme Disease Prevention
If you spend time in the woods practice the following strategies to help prevent Lyme disease:
• Wear closed shoes or boots, long pants tucked into socks, and long sleeves.
• Use insect repellent.
• Check regularly for ticks – they are tiny.
• If a tick is found, remove it immediately with tweezers.
• Save the tick, if possible, and get it identified.
• Watch for symptoms.
• See your doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you may have contracted the disease.
Lyme Disease Bacteria
This is the organism that causes Lyme disease, a spirochete bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Lyme Disease Symptoms
The symptoms of Lyme disease can include:
• circular, bull’s-eye rash
• headache, fatigue
• flu-like symptoms
• arthritis-like symptoms if not treated
• areas of tingling and numbness
• stiff neck
• skin sensitivities
• irregular heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness
• light sensitivity
• depression and other psychological changes
• memory impairment
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