Ever wonder what it’s like living with Lyme Disease? Or perhaps you have signs and symptoms which are baffling the doctors and you’d like to know more about Lyme Disease to rule it in…or out. Today we’ll have a candid conversation about this disease which is one I know personally. Lyme Disease is part of my health story. I share the details of my experience living with Lyme during an episode of A Bridge To Wholeness. Physical Therapist Wendi Evans joined me on the show because she, too, also personally knows Lyme Disease. To listen to the whole conversation, click here.
What is Lyme Disease?
This disease is described as an inflammatory disease characterized at first by a rash, headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders, caused by bacteria that are transmitted by ticks.
Immediate Symptoms of Lyme Disease
For many, they may not even realize or remember being bitten by a tick. If you have various matching symptoms, but can’t remember an encounter with a tick, don’t necessarily rule out testing for Lyme. Use this information to seek out the advice and care of a medical professional and get the conversation started. The medical professional will assess and determine which tests to conduct.
- Red circular “bullseye” rash around the site of the bite
- Joint and muscle pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
Lyme Symptoms Days or Weeks Later
- Rashes on other areas of the body
- Loss of muscle tone in the face
- Severe headache and neck stiffness
- Pain and swelling in the joints
- Shooting pains
- Sleep interruption due to pain
- Heart palpitations and dizziness
Lyme Disease and co-infection tests are often inaccurate and may be expensive. Be persistent in seeking treatment. There is still much being learned about identifying and treating Lyme. In my own health story, I went years before a definitive diagnosis was made.
It is encouraging to know in today’s medicine health providers are looking towards various modalities found in both traditional Western medicine and contemporary medicine. There is hope out there so do not give up.
For more information check out these trusted resources:
- ILADS – International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society
Jennifer L. Crisp, RN, is the founder of A Bridge To Wholeness. Jennifer believes strongly in both traditional western medicine and alternative health practices as she understands the importance of client-centered care beyond conventional medicine. A Bridge to Wholeness invites traditional and alternative practitioners to get connected (bridging the gap) so your client/patient can experience enhanced benefits and care from these connections. Prior to launching this organization, she worked in a community hospital as a cardiac nurse and has been an entrepreneur since 2011. Visit her website at www.abridgetowholeness.com to take the intersection of wellness quiz and get a free report of your results.