Lyme disease often misdiagnosed as dementia

You’ve been forgetting names, dates, and places… and misplacing your glasses, keys, and phone… and you’re afraid it’ll only get worse.

All your doctor tells you is that you’re getting older. Those senior moments aren’t going away, he’ll say, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

But what if I told you that those “brain slips” might not be a problem with your mind at all?

Because the REAL culprit may be a bacterial infection: Lyme Disease

Mainstream medicine thinks of Lyme as a relatively uncommon disease, but that’s because so many people have it and never know it. They get diagnosed instead with neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, ALS, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sometimes, patients with Lyme are even told that they’re autistic!

That’s because in the first months after getting bitten by a disease-carrying tick, often the symptoms of Lyme – fever, chills, muscle aches and swollen glands – aren’t as obvious as the trademark “bullseye” rash you know to look for.

In fact, that rash might never appear at all.

After that first month, if you haven’t noticed any other clues and the Lyme goes untreated, its symptoms can range from facial paralysis to dizziness, nerve pain, heart palpitations, and, of course, memory loss.

And if you get the wrong diagnosis, that means you’ll get the wrong treatment – and who knows what that will do to you?

Sometimes I wonder how many people aren’t so lucky… and NEVER find out what’s really wrong with them… when, in fact, they’ve got a serious but treatable disease.

If you’ve got unexplained symptoms – and you’ve recently been camping, hiking, or just taking a walk through tall grass – get a Lyme test. Unfortunately, they often return false negatives, so ask your doctor for both the ELISA and Western Blot tests, and request they send the test out to more than one lab.

When you’re ready to return to the Great Outdoors, keep the critters off your skin by wearing boots – and long pants and sleeves that have been doused in bug spray.

And when you’re back to civilization, check yourself and have someone else check your skin thoroughly. If you find a tick, remove it, and then get tested before any mysterious symptoms appear.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Kris Kristofferson: An Outlaw at 80, rollingstone.com/music/features/kris-kristofferson-an-outlaw-at-80-20160606?page=2

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