Stages of Lyme

The following is a basic discussion of the symptomatic picture that can occur as a result of an infection.  Lyme Disease is a very is complex issue and every individual responds to the bacteria and co-infections in a different way.  
The cause, Borrelia burgdorferi, is a spiral-shaped bacterium similar in shape and appearance to the spirochete which causes Syphilis, is transferred to the host from a tick bite or other means. It is often accompanied by the Babesia microti parasite, the Ehrlichia bacteria, and Bartonella which play havoc with the immune system.   Lyme patients generally display a particular set of symptoms that have been defined into three progressive stages: 

Stage I Symptoms: 
Early Infection
1-4 weeks

60 to 90% of Borrelia burgdorferi infections cause a “bulls-eye” rash around the area where the tick bite occurred. This rash can appear from one to four weeks following the bite. The rash is called an erythema chronicum migrans (ECM). Such a rash is usually a sure sign of Lyme Disease. Because the rash is not associated with pain, itching or other discomfort it is easily ignored. Other flu-like symptoms can be more pronounced, such as chills, fever, recurrent headaches, or fatigue, joint and muscle pains, loss of appetite. 

Stage II Symptoms: Intermediate Infection 
1-4 months 

Several weeks or months following the tick bite 5 to 10 percent of those infected with Borrelia may experience transient heart dysfunction. Such symptoms can exist undetected by the patient, but are apparent to a physician under close observation. These heart irregularities usually persist for a week to ten days and then disappear. In addition, neurological abnormalities may begin to show. These include headaches, profound fatigue, Meningitis, cranial nerve problems (neuropathies) including facial palsies. Sensory and motor nerve problems have also been observed. 

Stage III Symptoms:
Late Persistent Infections 

If Lyme Disease is not treated promptly following infection there is a strong danger that severe "arthritic" symptoms will develop. These manifestations will relate to the joints, nerves, skin and brain.  Long term Lyme infections are being linked to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic arthritis Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Dementia an even cancer.  
This bacteria affects the nervous system, the nervous system controls everything in the body.  This is real and this is dangerous.

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