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You're NOT losing your mind!

You're NOT losing your mind!

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Posted by Nancy on October 18, 2000 at 18:33:42:

In Reply to: Am I Losing My Mind? Short Term Memory Loss From Lyme's? posted by Jerry on October 18, 2000 at 12:42:07:

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Jerry,

Here is some info from the American Lyme Disease Foundation. You need treatment and really should read up on Lyme so you're informed when you see the doctor. Most lyme specialists believe 3 weeks (the standard treatment) is not enough. I'm going through this with my daughter and was shocked to learn how lyme can attack your entire body(and mind). There are many wonderful web sites that can give you info. If you need some I can e-mail them to you.

Localized Early (Acute) Stage:
Solid red or bull's-eye rash, usually at site of bite
Swelling of lymph glands near tick bite
Generalized achiness
Headache

Early Disseminated Stage:
Two or more rashes not at site of bite
Migrating pains in joints/tendons
Headache
Stiff, aching neck
Facial palsy (facial paralysis similar to Bell's palsy)
Tingling or numbness in extremities
Multiple enlarged lymph glands
Abnormal pulse
Sore throat
Changes in vision
Fever of 100 to 102 F
Severe fatique

Late Stage:
Arthritis (pain/swelling) of one or two large joints
Disabling neurological disorders (disorientation; confusion; dizziness; short-term memory loss;
inability to concentrate, finish sentences or follow conversations; mental "fog")
Numbness in arms/hands or legs/feet

Diagnosis

If you think you have LD symptoms you should see your physician immediately. The EM rash, which may
occur in up to 90% of the reported cases, is a specific feature of LD, and treatment should begin
immediately.

Even in the absence of an EM rash, diagnosis of early LD should be made solely on the basis of
symptoms and evidence of a tick bite, not blood tests, which can often give false results if performed in the
first month after initial infection (later on, the tests are considered more reliable). If you live in an
endemic area, have symptoms consistent with early LD and suspect recent exposure to a tick, present
your suspicion to your doctor so that he or she may make a more informed diagnosis.

If early symptoms are undetected or ignored, you may develop more severe symptoms weeks, months or
perhaps years after you were infected. In this case, the CDC recommends using the ELISA and
Western-blot blood tests to determine whether you are infected. These tests, as noted above, are
considered more reliable and accurate when performed at least a month after initial infection, although no
test is 100% accurate.


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