Lyme disease was discovered in Lyme, CT when children were developing juvenile arthritis and it was termed “Lyme arthritis”. Then a microbiologist, Willy Burgdofer, found that deer ticks carry and can transmit a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (named after him) to humans which was causing the arthritis. Since then, there has been a lot of research learning more about this infection and disease.
There are three stages of lyme:
Early localized (1-4 weeks)
Early disseminated (1-4 months)
Late disseminated stages (months to years)
It has been discovered that during the early localized stage, less than half of people will have a bull’s eye shaped rash and only 50% will develop flu like symptoms. Those who did not have symptoms in the first and second stages can start to experience symptoms in the third stage such as cognitive, neurological, musculoskeletal and psychological symptoms that can cause disability and severely affect the quality of life if it is not treated.
Testing for Lyme is not sensitive and false negatives can occur 50% of the time. Plus, researchers have discovered that there are microbes such as viruses, parasites, and other bacteria that can be transmitted by ticks as well that can affect the immune system and cause so many disorders. If you suspect you have Lyme disease, follow up with a Functional Medicine Practitioner for further testing for Lyme and coinfections. Please share with your family and friends to bring awareness about Lyme disease. Live with Intention and Be Radiant!