How does Lyme disease affect you long term?

Untreated Lyme disease can cause: Chronic joint inflammation (Lyme arthritis), particularly of the knee. Neurological symptoms, such as facial palsy and neuropathy. Cognitive defects, such as impaired memory.

What are the 3 stages of Lyme disease?

Although Lyme disease is commonly divided into three stages — early localized, early disseminated, and late disseminated — symptoms can overlap. Some people will also present in a later stage of disease without having symptoms of earlier disease.

Does Lyme disease stay with you forever?

If treated, Lyme disease does not last for years. However, for some people, the after-effects of the disease can linger for months and sometimes even years.

What does Lyme disease do to the mind?

In some cases, Lyme disease can cause encephalopathy. Its effects include memory loss, confusion, difficulty forming words and thoughts, difficulty focusing, and personality changes. These symptoms can be very subtle when they develop late in the disease.

Can Lyme cause weight gain?

Inflammation can affect specific parts of your brain, leading to a low mood, pacing thoughts, irritability, and brain fog. Weight gain or loss: Chronic inflammation is linked to your body’s insulin resistance.

Can you get Lyme disease without a tick bite?

You can get Lyme disease if you’re bitten by an infected tick. But most people who’ve had a tick bite don’t get Lyme disease.

Can Lyme cause bipolar?

Case studies suggest that Lyme Disease can be associated with symptoms common to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, including paranoia, delusions, olfactory, auditory and visual hallucinations, catatonia, and mania.

Does Lyme disease Eat your brain?

Lyme disease can affect the lining of the brain, a disorder known as meningitis. Other than causing fever and bad headaches, this form of meningitis is remarkably benign; nobody has ever died of it, and it has rarely — if ever — caused significant damage to any patient’s brain.

What organs does Lyme disease affect?

It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. Patients with Lyme disease are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various psychiatric illnesses, including depression.

Can Lyme cause anger?

Acute episodes of rage, sometimes referred to as “Lyme rage,” were reported and were witnessed on multiple occasions. The anger during these episodes had a very abrupt onset and was extremely intense and often with minimal cognitive control. Patients described horrific intrusive symptoms.