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and Vision Disturbances
of the eye muscles, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, difficulty with
breathing, muscle weakness, blurred or double vision, unstable or waddling
gait, weakness in arms, hands, fingers, legs, and neck, change in facial
expression, shortness of breath
optic disc swelling that is caused by increased intracranial pressure.CSF
The swelling is usually bilateral and can occur over a period of hours
to weeks. In its earliest stages it may not cause any symptoms, but more
severe papilledema leads to blurriness in vision, visual obscurations (inability
to see in a particular part of the visual field for a period of time) and
actual loss of vision. See Pseudotumor cerebri
Orbital and Ocular Lyme Disease
Rare ocular LNB may occur at all 3 stages of the disease. Uveitis and
optic neuritis are the most common ocular complications. Conjunctivitis
and episcleritis are the most frequent manifestations of the early stage.
Neuro-ophthalmic disorders and uveitis occur in the second stage, whereas
keratitis, chronic intraocular inflammation, and orbital myositis are seen
in the third stage of Lyme disease. A nonspecific follicular conjunctivitis
occurs in approximately 10% of patients with Lyme disease. Direct ocular
infection and a delayed hypersensitivity mechanism may be involved at different
Borrelial orbital myositis is most probably an immunologically mediated
response subsequent to hematogenous dissemination of Borrelia species.
The clinical and imaging manifestations of orbital myositis Lyme disease
closely mimic those of orbital pseudotumor . The differential diagnosis
includes lymphoma or possibly thyroid dysorbitopathy. Criteria for orbital
and ocular Lyme disease include the lack of evidence of other diseases,
occurrence in patients living in an endemic area, positive serology, and,
in most cases, response to treatment.
Face, Neck Disturbances
Lyme disease include meningitis, encephalitis, and dementia.
Worldwide, there are about
850 tick species and 30 major tick borne diseases. In North America
there are 82 identified species of ticks causing 10 major diseases.
Encephalitis or Tick-borne Encephalitis or diagnosed as Encephalopathy/
Encephalomyelitis/ Encephalitis infectious disease involving the
central nervous system. meningitis (inflammation of the membrane that surrounds
the brain and spinal cord), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), or
meningoencephalitis (inflammation of both the brain and meninges).
European, Far Eastern
, Tick-Borne Protozoal Infection, Tick-Borne Tularemia, Tick-Borne
encephalitis or meningoencephalitis: a bacterial infection
of the brain, such as Lyme disease. The symptoms of encephalitis range
from mild to severe and can be life threatening. Possible symptoms:
Fever, headache, nausea, decreased alertness, malaise, visual disturbances,
stiff neck and back decreased consciousness, tremor, seizures. Encephalitis
can last from a few days to several months.
Permanent neurological consequences
may follow recovery in some cases. Consequences may include personality
changes, memory loss, language difficulties, seizures, and partial paralysis.
meningoencephalitis is caused by a virus and may be a coinfection of lyme
on the brain) can also result from
Sympthoms vary with age, disease progression, and individual differences
in tolerance to the condition. Infants: a rapid increase in head circumference
and may include vomiting, sleepiness, irritability, downward deviation
of the eyes (also called "sunsetting"), and seizures. Older children/adults
may experience include headache followed by vomiting, nausea, papilledema
(swelling of the optic disk which is part of the optic nerve), blurred
or double vision. And problems with walking, impaired bladder control leading
to urinary frequency and/or incontinence, and progressive mental impairment
and dementia, may have a general slowing of movements or may complain
that his or her feet feel "stuck."
Therapy is particularly valuable in solving and resolving
difficult and persistent conditions.
brain inflammation caused by a bacterial infection
means an inflammation of the brain. (The
brain's tissues become swollen.) The combination of the infection and the
immune reaction to it can cause headache and a fever, as well as more severe
symptoms in some cases. (It can be a complication of Lyme disease
transmitted by ticks)
both the brain and spinal cord are involved.
means inflammation of the brain's covering, or meninges
Meningitis inflammation of the
membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. It
often occurs when an infection elsewhere in the body spreads through the
blood and into the cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that circulates in the
spaces in and around the brain and spinal cord). One form of bacterial
meningitis is related to Lyme disease. Lyme meningitis is generally less
severe than other forms of bacterial meningitis and is not fatal. Lyme
meningitis may be the first evidence of Lyme disease, occurring without
a history of erythema chronicum migrans or flu-like illness. Symptoms in
milder cases of encephalitis usually include: headache, fever, stiff neck,
sensitivity to light, nausea, sleepiness, confusion
meningitis is a slowly developing
inflammation of the subarachnoid space (located within the layers of tissues
covering the brain and spinal cord) associated neurological involvement
affecting the lower extremities. The infection and inflammation
develop more slowly, over weeks and months that lasts a month or longer.
If symptoms have been present for a month or more, meningitis is described
as chronic. People may have a fever, a stiff neck, a headache,
double vision, or difficulty walking, or they may become confused. Headache
lasting weeks to months persistent/severe/ head pressure /congestion /burning.
Burning in the brain and sometimes the neck and spinal cord or parts of
the head, forehead or most of the head
meningitis(The space between middle and inner layers
of tissues covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges) is inflamed.)
Sometimes aseptic meningitis is diagnosed when meningitis is caused by
bacteria that are hard to identify, such as the bacteria that cause Lyme
disease, syphilis, or tuberculosis. Symptoms Headache, stiff neck, malaise,
nausea and muscle aches may develop over days. Usually, aseptic meningitis
causes symptoms that are similar to those of bacterial meningitis (fever,
headache, vomiting, sluggishness, and a stiff neck). However, people do
not become as ill. People may not have a fever, particularly when the cause
is not an infection.
is an extremely painful and disabling headache due
to high pressure levels of cerebro-spinal fluid within the head. The
headache is not relieved by any medication. It can last days, months, and
even years at a time. Intracranial noise is a common trait described as
a "swooshing" sound or heartbeat in the ears. This tends to get worse with
exertion. Other symptoms can include stiff neck and neck pain, vertigo
(dizziness), back pain, memory loss and confusion, pain behind the eyes,
vomiting, fatigue, and exercise intolerance. And some report photo-phobia,
problems with balance and spatial awareness, disorientation, pins and needles
and loss of sensation in the hands; to name a few. In some cases the cerebro-spinal
fluid leaks down the nose, or from the ears. Can result in permanent loss
of vision and even blindness as a result of pressure on the Optic Nerve
(slapped face): Begins with a low-grade
fever, headache, and mild cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose).
And occasionally swollen glands, red eyes, sore throat, diarrhea,
and rarely, rashes that look like blisters or bruises. These symptoms pass,
and the illness seems to be gone until a rash appears a few days later.
The bright red rash typically begins on the face. Several days later, the
rash spreads and red blotches (usually lighter in color) extend down to
the trunk, arms, and legs. The rash usually spares the palms of the hands
and soles of the feet. As the centers of the blotches begin to clear, the
rash takes on a lacy net-like appearance. Kids younger than 10 years old
are most likely to get the rash. Older kids and adults sometimes complain
that the rash itches. It may take 1 to 3 weeks for the rash to completely
clear, and during that time it may seem to worsen until it finally fades
away entirely. Sunlight, heat, exercise, and stress may reactivate the
rash. until it completely fades. This attack may be followed by joint swelling
or pain, often in the hands, wrists, knees, or ankles.
neuritis Lyme's Bell's palsy7th nerve paresis. Lyme
disease can cause facial nerve paralysis usually involving
forehead.. In blacks, sarcoidosis (see Interstitial Lung Diseases:
Sarcoidosis) is a common cause of facial nerve paralysis.
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blood vessels in the retina of the eyes with white or pale centers
deficiency include's confusion, disorientation,
loss of appetite, depression, muscle contractions and cramps, tingling,
numbness, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasm, migraines and seizures.
endocarditis (or fungal
endocarditis or subacute bacterial endocarditis): Endocarditis is
a serious infection of the heart valves or lining of the heart. The
bacteria that enters the bloodstream and settles in the heart lining, a
heart valve or blood vessel causing an infection. It is often a complication
of Lyme disease. For most people, microorganisms in the bloodstream
do not pose a problem. But if one of your heart valves becomes damaged,
your body sends immune cells, platelets, and fibrin (a clotting material)
to heal the valve. These healing clumps are dangerous because they can
break off and enter the bloodstream and can block a blood vessel. A suddenly
changing murmur or the discovery of a new murmur is a sign of endocarditis.
During infective endocarditis there may be abnormal urine color,
blood in the urine, night sweats (may be severe), paleness, shortness of
breath with activity, swelling of feet, legs, abdomen, weakness, malaise,
with intermittent fever, fatigue, chills, muscle, joint, and back
pain, stiff neck muscle, aches, headache, delirium, seizures, and
decreased energy and when it has become chronic (lasting for months) you
may feel feverish and chilled, be very tired, lose weight, and have joint
pain, night sweats, or the symptoms of heart failure. Other symptoms associated
with infection of the heart valves (endocarditis) may include:
lesions: appear as flat, painless, red to bluish-red spots on the palms
and soles, may be hemorrhagic or purple) or
nodes: painful, red, raised
lesions on the finger pulps or on the soles of the feet.
Small, narrow, red to reddish-brown lines, dark lines
(blood) under the fingernails, or toenails, that look like wood splinters
valve damage, kidney inflammations, jaundice, brain abscess, congestive
heart failure, rapid or irregular heartbeats, brain abscess,
mycotic aneurysm, intracranial hemorrhage, seizures, strokes, blood
clots or emboli that travel to brain, kidneys, lungs, or abdomen.
congestive cardiomyopathy: The heart becomes weakened and enlarged, and
cannot pump blood efficiently affecting the lungs, liver, and other
body systems. Symptoms are none or mild fatigue or weakness and eventually
Sudden heart failure:Pulmonary
edema -rapid fluid buildup in the lungs that may cause severe shortness
of breath, fast irregular heartbeat, coughing up pink foamy mucus.
Congestive heart failure (gradual):
buildup (edema), especially in the legs, ankles, and feet, wheezing during
normal activities from shortness of breath, dry, hacking cough,
especially when lying down, irregular heart-beats, or extra beats, dizziness,
fainting, or feeling tired or weak, rapid weight gain caused by water retention,
increased urination at night, abdominal swelling, tenderness, or pain.
Heart Rate) - Conditions that damage the heart's electrical system and
disrupt the regular, rhythmic impulses that keep the heart rate normal.
These conditions include:Myocarditis. Endocarditis. Sarcoidosis, .Lyme
disease and other. Uunderactive thyroid gland
Block is a type of bradycardia
(too-slow heartbeat) that also is called atrioventricular, or AV block.
In this condition, the electrical signals that stimulate heart muscle contractions
are partially or totally blocked between the upper chambers (atria) and
the lower chambers (ventricles). No symptom
electrical impulses in the heart that coordinate your heartbeats don't
function properly, causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
Low in magnesium can also
cause a rapid heart beat.
infection of the heart muscle by a virus. The virus invades the heart muscle
to cause local inflammation. After the initial infection subsides, the
body's immune system continues to inflict inflammatory damage to the heart
muscle. and this prolongs the myocarditis. No symptoms or pain in
Mitral valve prolapse(also
known as "click murmur syndrome" and "Barlow's syndrome") Most people have
no symptoms, others have fatigue, sensations of fast or irregular
heart beats, anxiety, chest pain, and migraine headaches
blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) making it difficult or
impossible for blood to get through and in rare cases or may stretch and
weaken so much that it bulges and may possibly burst. Symptoms are fever,
feeling tired and weak, no appetite, aches and pains. If it affects the
nerves: numbness, tingling, and weakness in various parts of the body and
may experience symptoms in their limbs, such as loss of feeling or strength
in the hands and feet or shooting pains in the arms and legs. This is specific
to a particular organ or body system: e.g. Skin: Variety of skin changes,
including purple or red spots. The changes may look like clusters of small
dots, splotches, bruises, or hives. They may be itchy or painless. Joints:
Aches and arthritis Lungs: Shortness of breath or even cough up blood.
Chest x ray may look like pneumonia, even though they are not. Gastrointestinal
tract: Ulcers in the mouth, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, sometimes
a rupture in the intestines. Sinuses, nose, and ears: Sinus infections,
chronic middle ear infections, ulcers in the nose, or in certain cases
there may be hearing loss.
Eyes: Blurring or loss of
vision. Brain: Headaches, confusion, changes in behavior, or strokes.
and Endocrine Disturbances
result when too few hormones are secreted or too many are secreted.
gland isthe central control organ for the immune system.
It is the infection fighting immune system gland. (Immune system cells
are produced by the thymus gland, spleen and other organs.) When it is
functioning properly, the thymus gland acts like a thermostat to provide
the right balance of immunity. It turns up to help the body fight infection
and down to prevent auto immune disease. Signs that the Thymus is
being disturbed could be shortness of breath, muscle weakness, facial swelling,
blurred vision, double vision, neck swelling, neck pain, flushing, diarrhea
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secretes the hormone thyroxine (T4) oms.
The amount of T4 produced by the thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary
gland is a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) The amount of TSH that the
pituitary sends into the blood stream depends on the amount of T4 that
the pituitary sees. If the pituitary sees very little T4, then it produces
more TSH to tell the thyroid gland to produce more T4. Once the T4 in the
blood stream goes above a certain level, the pituitary's production of
TSH is shut off. In fact, the thyroid and pituitary act in many ways like
a heater and a thermostat. When the heater is off and it becomes cold,
the thermostat reads the temperature and turns on the heater. When the
heat rises to an appropriate level, the thermostat senses this and turns
off the heater. Thus, the thyroid and the pituitary, like a heater and
thermostat, turn on and off.
active thyroid, may manifest as weight loss, increased appetite, palpitations,
rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, shakiness, sweating, feeling "hot",
eye or vision changes, nervousness, anxiety or anxiety attacks, irritability,
a fine trembling in hands and fingers, sweating, changes in menstrual patterns,
Increased sensitivity to heat, changes in bowel patterns, especially more
frequent bowel movements, enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear
as a swelling at the base of the neck, fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty
sleeping and sometimes eyeballs bulge out of their orbits (protruding eyes)
causing dry eyes, or excessive tearing, light sensitivity, blurry or double
vision, inflammation, or reduced eye movement. diarrhea, stomach and bowel
abnormalities, anxiety, trouble sleeping, fatigue, weakness, or hair loss.
It may also over enlarge the gland causing a goiter.
active thyroid, may manifest as depression, forgetfulness, decreased
concentration or fatigue, weight gain, depression and constipation,
feeling cold or sluggish, cold intolerance, hair loss, dry skin,
dry or thinning hair, round puffy face, hoarseness, tingling in hands/feet,
high cholesterol, constipation, irregular or heavy menstrual periods in
pre menopausal women, low sex drive or infertility, thinning of eyebrows,
abdominal bloating, cold hands or feet, Joint or muscle pain, thickening
of the skin, thin, brittle fingernails.
Sole purpose is to control calcium within
the blood. Signs of an imbalanced parathyroid is not feeling well, feeling
run down and tired, feeling old, cranky, lack of interest, poor concentration,
forgetful, depression, nervous system complaints, Gastric acid reflux;
heartburn; GERD., kidney stones, sleeping problems, bones hurt, bone
fractures, pancreatitis, peptic ulcers, osteoporosis and osteopenia , decrease
in sex drive, thinning hair (predominately in older females), high Blood
Pressure (sometimes mild, sometimes quite severe; up and down a lot), heart
palpitation, recurrent headaches, loss of energy, tired all the time, tingling
lips, fingers, and toes, muscle cramps, pain in the face, legs, and feet,
abdominal pain, dry hair, brittle nails, dry, scaly skin, cataracts, weakened
tooth enamel (in children), muscle spasms, seizures. Malabsorption (chronic
pancreatitis, small bowel disease can leads to hypocalcemia.
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the Adrenal glands, Ovaries, Testes, and Thyroid gland and help control
some of the following; Growth, blood pressure, some aspects of pregnancy/childbirth/uterine
contractions/breast milk production, sex organ functions in both women
and men, thyroid gland function, conversion of food into energy (metabolism)
and water in the body Not enough manifests as: Child growth delay, in adults
decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, elevated cholesterol, low bone
density (osteoporosis), impaired psychological well-being, decreased libido,
erectile dysfunction, irregular or absent menses, decreased body hair,
decreased muscle strength, hot flashes, mood changes, poor appetite, nausea,
weakness, vomiting, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, dizziness, body
aches, fatigue, weakness, cold intolerance, dry skin, constipation, heavy/painful
menses, weight gain, memory loss, mood disturbance, inability to lactate,
increased thirst and frequent urination Too much: coarse body hair, erectile
dysfunction, deep, husky voice, joint pain, exaggerated facial features,
protrusion of the jaw, thickening of the ribs, creating a barrel chest,
widening of spaces between teeth, widening of the fingers and toes, excessive
sweating and often an offensive body odor, headaches, irregular menstrual
cycles, irritability, swelling of the hands and feet, weakness in
the arms and legs
hypothalamusproduces hormones that control: Body temperature,
Hunger, Moods, Release of hormones from many glands, especially the pituitary
drive, Sleep, Thirst, and also helps regulate: Childbirth, Emotions, Growth,
Milk production, Salt and water balance, Sleep, Weight and appetite
Glands: (Part one adrenal cortex Part two adrenal
interactively with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland: The hypothalamus
corticotropin-releasing hormones, which stimulate the pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland, in turn, produces corticotropin hormones, which stimulates
the adrenal glands to produce corticosteroid hormones.
one adrenal cortex secretes hormones directly into the bloodstream
affecting the body's metabolism. The cortisol, controls the body's
use of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates and along with hydrocortisone
hormones, suppresses inflammatory reactions in the body and also affects
the immune system.
hormone inhibits the level of sodium excreted into the urine, maintaining
blood volume and blood pressure. Androgen hormones have minimal effect
on the development of male characteristics. The adrenal medulla helps
a person in coping with physical and emotional stress by secreting adrenaline
which increases the heart rate and force of heart contractions, facilitates
blood flow to the muscles and brain, causes relaxation of smooth muscles,
helps with conversion of glycogen to glucose in the liver, and other activities
and also secretes nonadrenaline affecting the blood pressure. Unbalanced
adrenals produces too much or too little hormones. Example
of too little hormone secretion would manifest as dizziness, weakness,
fatigue, weight loss and decreased appetite, body temperature disturbance,
emotional abnormalities, excess thirst, obesity, uncontrolled urination,
lowered function of sexual hormones (hypogonadism), inability to smell,
body temperature disturbance, emotional abnormalities, excess
thirst, obesity, lowered function of sexual hormones, inability to deal
with stress, darkening of skin, pain in your lower back, abdomen or legs,
Muscle or joint pains, low blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting,
salt craving, fainting, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), irritability
depression. Too much secretion of hormones
would manifest as acquisition
of male traits in a female because of excess testosterone production or
acquisition of female traits in a male because of excess estrogen production,
too early puberty, hypertension and low potassium, Weight gain, particularly
around your midsection and upper back, fatigue, muscle weakness, moon face,
facial flushing, hump between shoulders pink or purple stretch marks on
the skin of abdomen, thighs, breasts and arms, thin and fragile skin
that bruises easily, slow healing of cuts, insect bites and infections,
depression, anxiety and irritability, loss of emotional control,
thicker or more visible body and facial hair (hirsutism), acne, irregular
or absent menstrual periods in females, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction
in males, new or worsened high blood pressure, glucose intolerance that
may lead to diabetes, headache, bone loss.
melatonin hormone which controls the body rhythms and in particular the
internal body clock/sleep/wake patterns. Melatonin increases the deeper
stages of sleep. It has antioxidant effects which help in preventing disease
qualities and controls over stimulation of the sympathetic nerves to lower
the blood pressure and slow the heart rate. In a balanced pineal gland
there is almost no melatonin in the blood in the daytime and at the end
of the day, melatonin increases in the blood allowing sleepiness. Melatonin
remains in the blood all night while the person sleeps and lessens as morning
approaches. When light enters the eyes, the melatonin of the blood goes
of an unbalanced pineal gland is a too early or too late sleep pattern,
Night Eating Syndrome, depression, anxiety, enlarged prostate, prostatitis
and lack of adequate sleep which in turn causes: Memory lapses, accidents
and injuries, behavior problems, mood problems, daytime irritability, lack
of concentration, poor performance, poor reaction times, being exhausted
the whole day, speaking incoherently, body aches, feeling older,
taking long time for body to heal itself.
enzymes to help break down carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and acids in
the duodenum and also secretes a bicarbonate to neutralize stomach acid
in the duodenum. The endocrine tissue in the pancreas are insulin and glucagon
(which regulate the level of glucose in the blood) and somatostatin (which
prevents the release of the other two hormones). Signs of a malfunctioning
pancreas could be feeling ill, fatigued, abdominal pain that radiate's
to the back, chest or upper abdomen, rapid pulse rate, poor
appetite, yellowing of the skin and eyes, weight loss, indigestion, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, itching, fever, swelling in the upper abdomen, fluid
build-up in the abdominal cavity.
Ilness:A mind/body negative reaction to something in
environment. May manifest as headaches, cough, fatigue, nausea, respiratory
problems, dry or inflamed skin, eye irritation, fever, chills, muscle aches.
May take years to react or have an instant reaction. Becomes worse when
remaining in the environment and lessens when away from the environment.
(Some causes: Dust mites, cockroaches, pollen, or pets, improperly ventilation,
fumes from cleaning solvents or cigarette smoke, new buildings or new carpets,
bacteria, molds, or viruses that have built up in heating and cooling ducts,
carpets, ceiling tiles, or insulation. Symptoms of environmental
illness are difficult to diagnose and may be mistaken for other health
(Infectious mononucleosis; Mono; Kissing disease; Mononucleosis): Infection
causing fevers, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands, especially in the
neck. Mono may begin slowly with fatigue, malaise, headache, and sore throat.
The sore throat becomes progressively worse, often with enlarged tonsils
covered with a whitish-yellow covering. The lymph nodes in the neck are
frequently enlarged and painful. The symptoms of mono gradually subside
on their own over a period of weeks to months. Also loss of appetite, drowsiness,
enlarged spleen, muscle aches or stiffness, rash, yellow cast to skin,
headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, shortness of breath, chest
pain, rapid heart rate, cough, nosebleed, hives, fatigue.
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The word "arthritis" means
inflammation." There are over 100 types of arthritis.
meningoradiculitis: Intense pain, mostly in the
lumbar and cervical regions, and radiating to the extremities;migrating
sensory and motor disorders of the peripheral nerves, peripheral radiculopathies,
and cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities in the form of lymphocytic pleocytosis
indicating blood-brain barrier damage. The symptoms may include facial
paralysis, abducens palsy, anorexia, tiredness, headache, diplopia, paraesthesias,
erythema migrans, and other disorder Lymphocytic meningoradiculitis probably
due to infection by Borrelia burgdorferi.
Lymphocytic meningoradiculitis probably
due to infection by Borrelia burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme disease. It
is an illness characterized by intense pain, mostly in the lumbar and cervical
regions, and radiating to the extremities; migrating sensory and motor
disorders of the peripheral nerves, peripheral radiculopathies, and cerebrospinal
fluid abnormalities in the form of lymphocytic pleocytosis indicating blood-brain
barrier damage. The symptoms may include facial paralysis, abducens palsy,
anorexia, tiredness, headache, diplopia, paraesthesias, erythema migrans,
and other disorders.
Arthritis: Caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria.
- Sixty percent of people
infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria suffer at least one episode
of arthritis if untreated. Lyme Arthritis can develop from a few weeks
to several years after Stage I, however, in about a half a year after the
initial infection, 50% of those infected (without treatment) will
suffer episodes of obvious arthritis, including the symptoms of swelling
and discomfort in one or more joint(s). (Usually the joint arthritis
is one-sided rather than a matching joint affected on the other
side of the body, and migration of the joint pain may prefer the larger
joints, especially the knees.)
-Attacks may last for weeks
or months, although they may also become less frequent over time and eventually
disappear, leaving about 10% with damaged joints.
-About 10 percent of those
who reach the "arthritic" point will go on to suffer chronic Lyme Arthritis.
These will have joints swelling for months at a time, or certain joints
will become enlarged and achy for a year or more.
- Lyme Arthritis is potentially
disabling, yet early diagnoses and antibiotic treatment can be difficult.
include Pain-Stiffness-Swelling-Redness-Warmth-Decreased range of motion
symptoms may include: Fever- Fatigue -Rash -Weight loss Breathing problems
Dry eyes and mouth Night sweats Pain Swelling Stiffness tenderness
-Muscle weakness in one
or more of the following: hands, arms, legs or the muscles of speech, swallowing
or breathing, twitching and cramping of muscles, especially those in the
hands and feet, impairment of the use of the arms and legs, "thick speech"
and difficulty in projecting the voice, in more advanced stages, shortness
of breath, difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
Arthritis: Tender, warm, swollen joints- Symmetrical
pattern of affected joints -Joint inflammation often affecting the wrist
and finger joints closest to the hand, ot neck, shoulders, elbows,
hips, knees, ankles, and feet. One or some.-Fatigue, occasional fevers,
a general sense of not feeling well -Pain and stiffness lasting for more
than 30 minutes in the morning or after a long rest.-Symptoms that last
for many years
There are 2 common types
of muscle pain syndromes - fibromyalgia and myofascial pain.
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pain syndrome is a chronic local or regional musculoskeletal
pain disorder that may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group.
The pain may be of a burning, stabbing, aching or nagging quality. Where
the patient experiences the pain may not be where the myofascial pain generator
is located. This is known as referred pain. Some factor prompts the development
of a "trigger point" that, in turn, causes pain. In addition to the local
or regional pain, people with myofascial pain syndrome also can suffer
from depression, fatigue and behavioral disturbances, as with all chronic
: Circulatory System-Mitral
valve prolapse,Rapid/fluttery/irregular heartbeat/heart attack-like pain
cramps, colic Bloating/nausea/abdominal cramps, Appendicitis-like pains,
Carbohydrate/chocolate cravings, Irritable bowel Endocrine System-
Sweats, Thick secretions,
Swollen glands Immune System- Sore throat,Allergies, mold/yeast
Lymphatic System- Nail ridges and/or nails that curve
under, Visual and audio effects/falling sensations before sleep (called
"sleep starts" , Night driving difficulty, Earaches/ringing/itch, unexplained
toothaches, Sensitivity to ld/heat/humidity/pressure changes/light/wind.
Mottled skin, Hypersensitive nipples/breast pain, Fibrocystic breasts,
teeth grinding, Bruise/scar easily. Muscular System- Diffuse swelling,
Muscle twitching, Childhood growing pains, Stiff neck, Difficulty swallowing,
Drooling in sleep, Dry cough, Low back pain, Morning stiffness "Traveling"
nocturnal sinus stuffiness: Painful weak grip that may let go:, Thumb pain
and tingling numbness, Weak ankles: Lax, pendulous abdomen, Upper/lower
leg cramps, Tight Achilles tendons, Groin pain, Tight hamstrings,
Sciatica, Problems going down stairs, Buckling knee, Problems climbing
stairs, Shin splint-type pain, Heel pain, Handwriting difficulties, Sore
spot on top of head, Problems holding arms up (as when folding sheets):
Numbness/tingling on the outer thigh , Carpal tunnel-like pain in wrist
(watchband area):. Balance problems/staggering gait, Restless leg syndrome,
muscle movements and jerks at night, Feeling continued movement in car
after stopping, Feeling tilted when cornering in car, First steps in the
morning feel as if walking on nails,
Pressure of eyeglasses or
headbands is painful Nervous System-Post nasal drip, Runny nose,
Tearing/reddening of eye, drooping of eyelid, Sensory overload Reproductive
Loss of libido, Menstrual problems and/or pelvic pain, PMS,
Impotence, Painful intercourse, Stress incontinence, anal/genital/perineal
pain Respiratory System
Shortness of breath Urinary
System Urine retention, Urinary frequency, Brain and Nervous System-
speaking known words, Directional disorientation, Fatigue, Headaches/migraines,
Light and/or broken sleep pattern with unrefreshing sleep, Loss of
ability to distinguish some shades of colors, Sensitivity to odors, Short-term
memory impairment, Panic attacks, Depression, Confusional states, Tendency
to cry easily Free-floating anxiety, Mood swings, Unaccountable irritability,
"Fugue"-type states (staring
into space before brain can function), Inability to recognize familiar
surroundings, Delayed reactions to "overdoing it"
People with myofascial pain
experience chronic muscle pain that can worsen. Signs and symptoms of myofascial
pain syndrome may include: Area of tension in your muscle that may feel
like a knot or tight spot. Deep, aching muscle pain Pain that persists
or worsens. Muscle or joint stiffness. Limited mobility. Weakness. Clumsiness.
Lack of coordination. Difficulty sleeping due to pain
tunnel syndrome numbness a burning and tingling
sensation in the thumb, index, and middle fingers, and sometimes the palm.
Symptoms appear at night.
elbow is soreness or pain on
the outer part of the elbow. The pain may spread down your arm to your
wrist. The main symptom is pain, which may begin with a dull aching or
soreness on the outer part of the elbow that goes away within 24 hours
after an activity. As time goes on, it may take longer for the pain to
go away. The condition may further progress to pain with any movement,
even during everyday activities, such as lifting a jug of milk. Pain may
spread to the hand, other parts of the arm, shoulder, or neck (Myofascial
multiplex - Multifocal neuropathy): Neurological disorder that involves
damage to at least two separate nerve areas.
Specific symptoms vary with
the individual nerve involved. Usually abnormal sensations, numbness and
tingling, burning pain, difficulty moving a part of the body (paralysis),
lack of control of movement of a part of the body, lack of or decreased
sensation in any part of the body, Inability to move a part of the body
buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissues. Symptoms-
Warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, usually a big
toe joint. Pain that starts during the night and is so intense that even
light pressure from a sheet is intolerable. Rapid increase in discomfort,
lasting for some hours of the night and then easing during the next few
days. As the gout attack subsides, the skin around the affected joint may
peel and feel itchy.
Other symptoms may include:
Very red or purplish skin around the affected joint, which may appear to
be infected. Fever. Limited movement in the affected joint.
Some people may not experience
gout as many painful attacks but rather develop chronic gout. Chronic gout
in older adults may be less painful and can be confused with other forms
of arthritis. Gout may first appear as nodules (tophi) on the hands, elbows,
or ears. There may be no classic symptoms of a gout attack.
By the time you experience
the symptoms of a gout attack, uric acid has been building up in your blood,
and uric acid deposits have been forming on one or more of your joints.
Found on joints of the feet, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows
may also be involved. Inflammation of the fluid sacs (bursae) that cushion
tissues may develop, particularly in the elbow (olecranon bursitis) and
knee (prepatellar bursitis).
fasciitis- heel pain inflammation of the plantar
fascia — the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel
bone to your toes. Causes stabbing or burning pain that's usually worse
in the morning because the fascia tightens (contracts) overnight. Once
your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases,
but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from
a seated position. Sharp pain in the inside part of the bottom of your
heel, which may feel like a knife sticking in the bottom of your foot.
Heel pain: that tends to be worse with the first few steps after awakening,
when climbing stairs or when standing on tiptoe. Or after long periods
of standing or after getting up from a seated position or pain after, but
not usually during, exercise
Mild swelling in your heel.
Muscle rigidity,Stiffness,Difficulty bending arms or
legs, Unstable, stooped, or slumped-over posture,Loss of balance,Gait (walking
pattern) changes,Shuffling walk, Slow movements,Difficulty initiating any
voluntary movement, Difficulty beginning to walk, Difficulty getting up
from a chair, Small steps followed by the need to run to maintain balance,
Freezing of movement when the movement is stopped, inability to resume
movement, Muscle aches and pains (myalgia), Shaking, tremors (varying degrees,
may not be present), Characteristically occur at rest, may occur at any
time, May become severe enough to interfere with activities, May be worse
when tired, excited, or stressed, Finger-thumb rubbing (pill-rolling tremor)
may be present, Changes in facial expression, Reduced ability to show facial
expressions,"Mask" appearance to face, Staring, May be unable to close
mouth, Reduced rate of blinking ,Voice or speech
symptoms, Extreme fatigue, Malaise, weakness,Unexplained fever, Chills,
Arthritis, Joint pains, Finger numbness, Butterly skin rash, Kidney problems,
patchy hair loss, chest pain on deep breaths,Rapid breathing, Raynaud's
phenomenon, Swelling, Swollen glands, Mouth and nasal sores, hand rashs,
Migratory joint pain, Ankle swelling, Neurological disorders; Headaches,
Dizziness, Memory problems, Trouble thinking, Vision problems, seizures,
Paralysis, Stroke, Behavioral symptoms: Personality changes, Depression,
Psychological problems:Paranoia, Hallucinations, Mania, Schizophrenia,
Fever, Weight loss, Hair loss, Aching, Weakness, Anemia, Intermittent abdominal
discomfort and pains, Chest pain from deep breaths, Pleurisy, Episodic
flares and remissions, Poor finger and toe circulation, Leg swelling,
Swelling around eyes, Repeated miscarriages, Pleurisy, Vasculitis, Leukopenia
Thrombocytopenia, Cardiovascular disease
Endocarditis, Pericarditis,Enlarged spleen, Enlarged lymph nodes, Anxiety,
Hallucination, Convulsions, Recurrent fever, Chronic leg ulcers,
Nail bed scarring, Fingertip scarring , spleen, liver and lymph node enlargement
Hypertensionchanges, Slow speech, Low volume, Monotone, Difficulty
Loss of fine motor skills,
Difficulty writing, may be small and illegible, Difficulty eating, Difficulty
with any activity that requires small movements,Uncontrolled, slow movement,
Frequent falls, Decline in intellectual function (may occur, can be severe),A
variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, mainly constipation.
or/and in episodes.Like an electric shock. Feels like "pins
and needles", burning or coldness, sensations, numbness and itching.
burning or "icy hot" feeling extending from their neck down the spine with
certain movements, etc.."Ordinary" pain results from stimulation
of pain fibers, while neuropathic pain often results from the firing of
both pain and non-pain (touch, warm, cool) sensory nerve fibers serving
the same area. The result is signals that the spinal cord and brain
do not normally receive. Neuropathy often results in numbness, abnormal
sensations that occur either spontaneously or in reaction to external
stimuli, and a characteristic form of pain, called neuropathic pain or
neuralgia, that is qualitatively different from the ordinary pain one might
experience from stubbing a toe.TMJ disease, chronic gingivitis, erosion
of enamel and other dental changes, assorted tremors and tics, pressure-related
neuropathic symptoms (e.g. an arm going to "sleep" while resting on a car
door while driving), intensification of migraine syndromes, and the presence
of palpable nodules in a peripheral nerve distribution, which we hypothesize
represents myelin sheath hypertrophy of an affected nerve, mimicking or
possibly representing a neurofibroma. Some cranial neuropathies mimic sinus
disease or other chronic headache syndromes. Because of the frequency with
5th nerve inflammation exists, we have found it helpful to
add a novel musculoskeletal complaints, and occasionally these are the
major and most debilitating problems, sometimes accompanied by fever and
chills. Typically, large joints are involved and the arthralgias are migratory,
which in fact fits the classic description for Lyme disease. In a few cases,
actual arthritis is evident, although only rarely does this persist)
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