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Lyme disease is a condition that may occur after you have been bitten by a tick infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi virus. If caught early on you can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Your best defense is to take steps to prevent tick bites and to check yourself carefully after being in an area where ticks may be found. If you think you have been infected, see your doctor right away. If this disease is left untreated or becomes severe, it can cause many complications, including neurological ones.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
According to the Centers for Disease Control “...up to 5% of untreated patients may develop chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection.” This means that you may experience pain that can be sharp or shooting that can travel from the hands to the feet. This pain may or may not be accompanied by numbness, weakness and tingling sensations.
Early Symptoms of Lou Gehrig Disease
Other neurological symptoms include impaired thinking, problems with memory and trouble concentrating. You may develop vision problems and symptoms similar to meningitis. The American Lyme Disease Association states that in some cases paralysis of the facial muscles can also occur.
Severe Neurological Symptoms
In the later stages of Lyme disease you may become disoriented, confused and experience dizziness. You may develop short-term memory loss and an inability to participate in a conversation. The Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. recommends being on the lookout for a loss of reflexes, lazy eye, extreme weakness of any of the muscles in the body, seizures, personality changes and severe headaches.
Early Symptoms of Lou Gehrig Disease
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