Welcome back to the Arne Wellness Center blog. In the third installment of this short blog series, we looked at more of the more severe symptoms associated with Lyme Disease, which includes neurological disorders that may manifest as Bell’s Palsy which affects the facial muscles, eye inflammation, and extreme fatigue. Before reading today’s conclusion, you will want to read parts one, two, and three. Please continue reading below to learn more of the common symptoms of Lyme Disease that may manifest in the days to months after a tick bite.
Severe Headaches & Neck Stiffness
Intense, fluctuating headaches are commonly associated with Lyme Disease. Severe headaches may occur in the first few days of becoming infected, or may become worse in the following weeks or months with the onset of other associated symptoms. Oftentimes, when Lyme Disease first affects the nervous system, patients may experience symptoms of meningitis or encephalitis. When meningitis is present, headaches may fluctuate in intensity from mild to excruciating, and may include symptoms of sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, pain in the facial muscles, and pain when moving the eyes. This may also cause soreness and stiffness in the neck muscles which can cause tightness. Encephalitis, on the other hand, may include symptoms of sleepiness, irritability, cognitive issues, and problems with balance.
Any issues involving the heart are a cause for concern. Heart palpitations, or Lyme carditis, are quite common among those with Lyme Disease, which may also be accompanied by such symptoms as chest pain, dizziness, and stiffness and tightness in the neck, chest, and shoulder muscles. Once again, these symptoms reflect those of cardiovascular conditions, which is why if these symptoms present themselves, it’s best to seek medical attention.
Lyme Disease may affect any part of the body. Therefore, many Lyme Disease patients experience sharp, shooting pains that radiate into the arms and hands, and legs and feet. Additionally, numbness and tingling may occur in these areas as a result of the neurological effects of the disease. Many studies show that in the early stages of the disease, muscle pain is experienced more than 50 percent of the time and joint pain more around 48 percent of the time. In chronic cases, experiences with muscle pain increase to 69 percent, and joint pain jumps significantly to 70 percent. This is where chiropractic care, acupuncture, and other natural Lyme Disease treatments become incredibly effective for managing and reducing pain.
This concludes our discussion of the common symptoms of Lyme Disease. Please join us next time as we explore the ways that chiropractic care, acupuncture, and other Lyme Disease treatments can help treat these symptoms, while reducing pain and discomfort. If you would like to schedule a chiropractic consultation with us, please call Arne Wellness Center today. We look forward to helping you heal.