All kidding aside, Neurological Lyme is real, and frightening. Lyme spirochetes can invade every part of your body, Including your nervous system. This is why so many are also diagnosed with MS, Parkinsons, and ALS.
Terminology, and Symptoms of Neurological Lyme:
- Meningitis – inflammation of the brain’s enveloping membrane, though neck stiffness may be minimal or absent.
- Painful radiculitis – inflammation of the nerve roots.
- Cranial neuritis – inflammation of the cranial nerves.
- Encephalopathy – cognitive inefficiency.
- Myelitis – inflammation of the spinal cord.
- Encephalitis – inflammation within the brain.
- Encephalomyelitis – inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
- Peripheral neuropathy – particularly small fibre damage.
Lyme associated neurological symptoms may include:
- Facial palsy/weakness
- Double vision
- Sensory disturbances – eg. parasthesia, resulting in tingling, numbness and pain.
- Dizziness, tinnitus and vertigo.
- Excessive sensitivity to noise or light.
- Shoulder droop
- Debilitating fatigue.
- Suspected gastrointestinal motility disturbances
- urinary problems eg retention or incontinence
At any time after infection, symptoms affecting a person’s thinking, memory and ability to process information may appear.
Symptoms of cognitive loss such as:
- Memory impairment or loss.
- Slowed processing of information.
- Word-finding problems with reduced verbal fluency.
- Dyslexia and problems dealing with numbers.
- Visual/spatial processing impairment (losing things, getting lost, disorganisation)
- Poor abstract reasoning
- Losses in fields of attention/executive functions such as inability to maintain divided or sustained attention
- Poor auditory and mental tracking and scanning (loss in ability to follow daily affairs, which is complicated by persistent distractibility)
Some patients have developed Lyme-related psychiatric symptoms:
- Psychoses including hallucinations and delusions.
- Emotional lability: rapid mood swings, episodes of rage, crying, reduced impulse control.
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
- Anxiety/Panic attacks.
- Mood swings that may mimic bipolar disorder (manic-depression).
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
- Sleep Disorders.
- An Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)-like syndrome.
- Autism-like syndrome.
- A progressive dementia.
It is always a good idea to be aware of your symptoms, and be able to tell your Doctor everything. This is another reason I keep my journal up to date. All symptoms can come and go, and come and go.