Lyme and Other Diseases

Lyme and Neurological Disease

Chronic Lyme disease is also frequenly the cause or a significant contributing co-factor in a number of chronic degenerative neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Lou Cehrig’s disease (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease and multiple scleroisis (MS). In addition, these same conditions can also be misdiagnosed as a result of Lyme disease, meaning that physicians can faily to detect that Lyme is the underlying cause. (Singleton, 2008)

Lyme and Psychological Disease

A variety of mental and emotional (physchiatric conditions can also be caused or severly exacerbated by chronic Lyme disease. It is estimated that 50% of chronic Lyme disease patients have psychiatric manifestations. These include behavioural disorders (including impulsive acts of aggression and violence) bipolar disorder (manic depression), chronic depression, dementia, eating disorders, hallucinations, mood swings, panic attacks, paranoia, schizophrenia and other personality disorders, even suicide (Singleton, 2008)

Lyme and heart disease

Chronic Lyme disease can also cause a number of cardiovascular problems that can lead to or worsen heart disease. The reason for this that, as Lyme disease spreads through the body, weakening other body systems, it can create an ongoing strain on the heart and overall cardiovascular system. Left unchecked, Lyme disease can also cause permanent damage to the heart and even death by heart attack. Heart conditions caused by chronic Lyme disease are collectively known as Lyme “carditis”. (Singleton, 2008)

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References: 

Singleton K. (2008). The Lyme Disease Solution. Charleston, SC: BookSurge.