Although the majority of incidents of Lyme disease are manageable if caught in the early stages, a small number of them develop into more severe situations, including neurological Lyme disease. While there is some controversy over how exactly different types of Lyme disease should be approached, one thing is certain: detecting it as early as possible is crucial.
One of the difficulties involved with this condition is the fact that Lyme neuroborreliosis (as well as other aspects of Lyme disease) often presents with symptoms that are similar to those of other conditions. It’s therefore important to be informed of the signs and symptoms, especially if you or someone you know has recently been in an area with ticks.
What is Lyme Neuroborreliosis?
While all cases of Lyme disease involve at least some neurological symptoms, some people suffer specific symptoms that are often classified as neurological Lyme disease. It’s worth noting, however, that the CDC and other regulatory bodies consider this to be a separate condition, but rather another aspect of the same underlying disease.
Just like other forms of Lyme disease, people who have contracted Lyme neuroborreliosis may experience some or all of a wide range of symptoms, many of which are similar to those involved in other conditions. Some of the most common include:
- Cognitive impairment
- Brain fog
- Memory loss
- Muscle weakness
- Limb pain
- Odd skin sensations (paresthesias)
Managing Neurological Lyme Disease
The fact that Lyme disease is so often confused with other conditions, along with the uncertainty as to whether neurological Lyme disease should be handled as a separate issue, has made it difficult for physicians to reach a consensus. The CDC recommends the same protocols for all forms of Lyme disease.
Even among those who do recognize Lyme neuroborreliosis as a separate condition, there is still no defined method of treatment. Naturopathic practitioners take a holistic approach, considering more than simply one disease. Above all, it’s important to find a practitioner with long-term experience treating this condition.
People that have contracted Lyme disease have reported that natural protocols brought them back to health. Due to each person’s unique body chemistry, they may respond to certain protocols better than others. It is important that if you or someone you know may have contracted neurological Lyme disease, seek attention immediately.