lyme disease – beyond the tick bite

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by a bite from a
tick infected with Borrelia Burgdorferi. 
Not every tick is infected with this bacterium, therefore not every tick
bite leads to Lyme Disease.  In addition
to Borrelia Burgdorferi, there are other bacterium that ticks can carry,
causing other illnesses like Lyme Disease, including, but not limited to
Babesia and Ehrlichiosis

Lyme disease identified and treated early can have a very
high cure rate.  The problem often lies
when an individual is unaware of the tick bite, or never adequately has it
followed through on.  When this occurs,
an individual can develop vague early signs of Lyme disease that can often go unrecognized
or be ignored.  If this occurs, the
tick-borne illness can continue to progress attacking a variety of systems in
the body.  Systems in the body that can
be impacted by untreated Lyme or other tick-borne illnesses are the nervous
system (including the brain), joints, muscles and the heart.  Individuals affected may complain of one or
many of the following:

  • Numbness/Pain/Weakness
  • Headache
  • Bell’s Palsy (paralysis of
    the Facial Nerve)
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritis/Joint Pain
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Heart Issues

If there are concerns about whether a potential tick bite
came from a potentially infected tick, timely and appropriate follow up should
be pursued to further investigate risk. Advanced Behavioral Counseling can
participate in obtaining a Lyme work up if indicated and work with coordinating
your care.