Written by Dr. Diane Mueller
Lyme Disease neurological symptoms include minor symptoms such as tingling in extremities all the way to more severe things such as ALS and Parkinson’s Disease.
The fact of the matter is that Lyme Disease can cause such neurological inflammation and destruction that it can look like (or become) severe neurological diseases. The research is still a bit conflicted on this topic, but some research points to Lyme as a hidden and not talked about cause of severe neurological conditions. In our work with Lyme Disease we have personally worked with people that were misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS, when it was actually Lyme.
Lyme is certainly not the only cause of these sorts of diseases and other causes should also be considered. But, because there is a link in research, it is worth getting properly tested (not all tests are the same) for Lyme Disease if you have any of these conditions.
For some people, it can be better to start with giving things such as myrrh, choline and tudca to support the liver and detoxification system. Some people using devices such as near infrared light (for detox and mitochondrial support) can help prepare the system for the killing phase of Borrelia treatment.
Borrelia is the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. Borrelia has the ability to attack the neurons (nervous system cells) and damage them. It can cause autoimmune processes to activate causing our own immune system to also play a role on attacking our nervous system.
There are a few cases in research that have been studied regarding the misdiagnosis of ALS. In these studies, ALS sufferers were given antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease and their symptoms went away. It is a thin line between whether we can say this was truly ALS or it was misdiagnosed and it was actually Lyme. We say “thin line” here because it is not totally clear in the literature yet if Lyme Disease causes ALS or simply a pseudo-ALS that has quite similar symptoms in some people. Regardless, there is enough potential overlap here that looking for Lyme Disease in this population is really important.
Parkinson’s Disease is another example of possible sequelae of Lyme Disease neurological symptoms. In some studies, Lyme Disease has been shown to manifest very similar symptoms as parkinson’s disease. Just like ALS, if someone has a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, it is super important to consider Lyme Disease as the culprit cause. When geographic regions of the brain were compared in research there was no similarity between Lyme Disease and Parkinson’s
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