Thursday, June 16, 2011

What were my Symptoms

I was asked this morning what were my symptoms and how could I tell the difference between Lyme or Bells palsy. For one I had no idea it was Lyme everyone said that I would probably recover quickly maybe a week or two a couple months at most. But I knew this was something different. The sever exhaustion, pain in the back of my head, I couldn't see well out of the affected eye. I wasn't able to drive I didn't have the energy. I felt like someone had sprinkled some kind of germ warfare all over my body. I felt like I couldn't complete a sentence and couldn't multi task along with slurring my words....anyway these were some of the symptoms that lead up to my Bells Palsy and after.

These were my main symptoms
Headache, migraine
Pressure in the head
Tingling of nose, cheek, face
Twitching of facial or other muscles (motor tics)
Jaw pain or stiffness (TMJ-like problems)
Sore throat, swollen glands
Increase in allergy symptoms
Unexplained hair loss
Pain in ears
Ringing, buzzing, tinnitus
Oversensitivity to sounds
Upset stomach (nausea, vomiting, pain)
Bone pain, joint pain, joint swelling, or stiffness
Shifting joint pains
Drooping shoulders
Shortness of breath, can't get full/satisfying breath
Diminished exercise tolerance
Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
Numbness, tingling, pinpricks
Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
Light-headedness, wooziness, brain fog, fainting
Felt like I had Meningitis (inflammation of the protective membrane around the brain)
I had a lot of these
Forgetfulness, memory loss (short or long term)
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading, or spelling
Word retrieval problems (can't remember words, stop at mid-sentence)
Dyslexia-type reversals, difficulty with writing
Problems with numbers
Difficulty with speech (slowed, slurred or stammering)
Forgetting how to perform simple task
Attention deficit problems, distractibility
Difficulty with organization and planning
Difficulty with multitasking
Slowed speed of processing
Extreme fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, poor stamina (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Swollen glands, swollen/painful lymph nodes
For a full list please visit my Lyme symptoms link

Ticks, Lyme disease creeping northward

From Maine: “When the ground is dry, ticks just kind of hunker down under the leaves...but after a heavy rain, they’ll be out like gangbusters.

The recent cycle of chilly, rainy weather may be discouraging for sun-starved Mainers, but deer ticks, those minute carriers of the organism that causes Lyme disease, are liking it just fine.

“When the ground is dry, they just kind of hunker down under the leaves and they don’t come out until it rains again,” said Chuck Lubelczyk, a field biologist with the vector-borne disease lab at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in South Portland.

Scientists searching for deer ticks to study often strike out when conditions are dry.

“But if we go looking after a heavy rain, they’ll be out like gangbusters,” he said.

Scientists aside, cool, damp weather for deer ticks is not high on most people’s summer wish list. It’s not just because all ticks are creepy little arachnids that bite a hole in the flesh of their host, inject an anticoagulant to keep the blood flowing, and then latch on until they are bloated and engorged.

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