As Lyme disease makes itself evident, the following notable early lyme disease symptoms observed.
Erythma migrans – Lyme Disease rash that is noticed in nearly eighty percent Lyme disease cases that commences as a minute red colored mark that enlarges in due course of time that could range from days to weeks, eventually leading to the formation of a rounded, triangle-like or elliptical shaped rash. At times, the lyme disease rash looks quite similar to a bull’s eye due to the presence of a reddish band encircling a core clear spot. The size of the rash could vary from a small coin and could even be as big that it could cover the entire backside of an individual that would become evident in mere weeks following a tick bite, normally seen at the bite location. With the infection proliferating, numerous rashes surface at varying locations over the body.
This form of lyme disease rash is mostly associated with flu similar signs like headache, neck stiffness, body pain, tiredness and fever would be similar to the regular viral infections and normally go away in a matter of days or weeks.
Arthritic Pain – Weeks subsequent to having been infected with Lyme disease, roughly sixty percent of those individuals that do not take the antibiotic course, have relapses of agonising pain and inflamed joints which endure from days to a couple of months. The arthritic pain relocates to either of the joints alternately. The knee is noted bear the brunt the most and normally one or certain joints get affected during a particular period of time. Nearly ten to twenty percent of those patients that do not undergo treatment would get persistent arthritis in the imminent future. The joints that connect the knuckles of the hands have been observed to be seldom affected.
Heart Abnormalities – About one in ten Lyme disease cases display the symptoms of cardiovascular ailments like arrhythmic and sluggish heartbeats that can be indicated by the signs of giddiness or breathing distress. Such indicators would hardly ever endure for greater than a couple of days or weeks. These heart irregularities usually become evident subsequent to quite a few weeks following the infection, and quite often start to improve even prior to any treatment being carried out.
Neurological impact- Lyme disease is known to not spare even the nervous system leading to signs of neck stiffness, excruciating headaches or meningitis, partial paralysis of the muscles in the face also known as Bell’s palsy, lack of sensation, pain or feeling weak in the limbs or reduced dexterity. There are certain faint alterations like loss of memory, trouble concentrating and mood variations or disturbed sleeping patterns have additionally been linked to Lyme disease. Individuals displaying the later signs solely in the rarest of occasions have Lyme disease being their reason.
The nervous system gets affected usually within few weeks, months and even years subsequent to an infection that is not treated. Such signs mostly endure for a period of weeks and even months and could relapse. Such traits of Lyme disease normally settle down even prior to commencing on the antibiotic course. Those persons ailing with neurological dysfunction normally have complete recovery.
Lesser known indicators- The early lyme disease symptoms could include irritation, redness and swelling in the eyes, hepatitis and chronic exhaustion, though neither of these ailments are likely to surface without the other lyme disease symptoms being apparent.
Decoding Lyme’s Disease – Part IIJuvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) – Children affected with rheumatoid arthritis may display persistent fever and anaemia. This could have an undue bearing on the organs like heart, lungs, eyes and the nervous system. The arthritic occurrences could prolong for many weeks with repeated recurrence, though the signs would be of lesser intensity during the relapse episodes. Infants affected with JRA could display signs like:
Recurrent fevers that soar to 103degrees or more.
Pinkish rashes that seem to be sporadic in nature.
Inflammation noted in the eyes.
Joint aches and swelling that could be accompanied by rigidity.
Lowered levels of activity done.
Deterioration of fine motor skills.
An impairment noted in the growth and development of the bones.
Effect of RA on both sexes – It is factual that those women with rheumatoid arthritis would have an imminent delay in conception as compared to other healthy women. The likely reasons are irregular ovulation and lowered sex drive or lesser sexual contact mostly because of the pain and weariness associated.
Men during the escalated episodes of rheumatoid arthritis have transitory lowered sperm count and functioning, possible erectile dysfunction and lowered libido. If treated properly, fertility is adequately restored in both sexes.