Lyme Disease is a serious debilitating condition that is often undiagnosed and unrecognized in Australia (and worldwide). Some literature says this tick-borne disease was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut, USA 1975, following a mysterious outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. However, reports of Borrelia DNA have been found in a frozen ‘iceman’ dating back to 5300 years ago! It is now increasingly common in North America, Europe and has been introduced to Australia possibly by via deer ticks, sheep or migratory birds.
Lyme disease infections may be caused by spirochete bacteria e.g. Borrelia burgdorferi (and many other strains of Borrelia). Many Co-infections are also common with Lyme disease such as Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Rickettsia, Mycoplasma or protozoa e.g. Babesia. Many patients have a history of mould exposure and affected by mould mycotoxins. There is a very strong link to past viral infections such as Epstein Barr Virus and other herpes viruses and a whole plethora of other stealth infections and parasites. It is often complex!
Acute Lyme infection
Often associated with a tick or other vector bite (but not always). Only 25 % of people report the associated ‘bulls eye rash’.
Flu like symptoms may appear up to two weeks after infection, muscle aches and pains. Fever, chills, headaches, sore throat, swollen glands, aching muscles, aching joints, rashes, heart palpitations, anxiety and fatigue.
Symptoms of flu may disperse but chronic fatigue, joint pains, aching muscles and ‘brain fog’ may become more prominent. Unfortunately, the list expands to affect every system in the body e.g. the endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, GIT and adrenals.