10 Critical Neurological Symptoms Of Lyme Disease You Need To Know

The bite of an infected tick causes an infection known as Lyme disease. The illness is caused by bacterium borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks are usually prominent in grassy and wooded locations so people living in these kinds of areas should be wary and take every means of precaution when going outdoors. Take note of the possible Lyme disease symptoms which include a rash in the area of the bite which can expand over time and many flu-like symptoms like fever, body pains, fatigue and chills. Apart from the symptoms that appear in the earlier stage of Lyme disease, neurological symptoms can also begin to manifest weeks or even years after being infected.

Numbness

People who have nerve damage or nerve disease often experience a sensation of numbness. Many people describe the feeling as something like pins and needles on their skin, and people suffering from Lyme disease will often feel a prickling or burning pain in the affected area. Unlike paralysis where patients are unable to move, numbness causes patients to experience a loss of sensation.

Uncommon sensations in the limbs

The muscles of patients’ limbs will often undergo a weakening sensation. Tingling sensations in the extremities, bruising, burning and swelling may be experienced.

Bell’s palsy

If you are experiencing Bell’s palsy, you are probably have Lyme disease. Bell’s palsy is a disorder of the muscles of the face where the muscles become paralyzed due to complications of the nerves of the face muscles. There is often a partial or whole paralysis of the face of the patients.

Meningitis

Approximately 15 percent of those affected by Lyme diseases have been infected in the membranes, around their spinal cord and the brain. This is called meningitis. The patients who are suffering from meningitis, the main symptoms of this are stiff neck and headache. Over-the-counter medicine may cannot cure this. They also become sensitive to light.

Problems with vision

Patients may also feel changes in their vision. They may feel distortion, blurry vision, night blindness and sometimes they even experience loss of sight.

Difficulty in concentrating

A patient’s focus is affected by the physical conditions of Lyme disease. These patients may find it difficult to concentrate on a single task at a time.

Loss of memory

People suffering from Lyme disease may also experience memory loss. They can have difficulty recalling details and may feel disoriented when trying to remember something.

Encephalopathy

When Lyme disease is left untreated in its early stages, Lyme encephalopathy may occur. Some symptoms of encephalopathy are dramatic mood swings, depression and a tingling sensation in the limbs.

Sleep disturbances

Lyme disease has a variety of symptoms, including influencing once stable sleep patterns. They can have sleep disturbances such as insomnia and sleep apnea.

Cognitive impairment

Cognitive impairment may be caused by Lyme disease. Some patients may have some trouble thinking clearly and making any rational decisions. Also associated with cognitive impairment is poor concentration and memory loss.

In order to be sure Lyme disease is properly treated from the outset, it is important to understand exactly what the symptoms are. It is said that prevention is better than cure so it is always good to take proper precautions to avoid the illness.

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10 Critical Neurological Symptoms Of Lyme Disease You Need To Know

Some neurological symptoms of Lyme disease that you should look out for are numbness, abnormal feelings in the limbs, Bell’s palsy, meningitis, vision problems, difficulty in concentrating, memory loss, encephalopathy, sleep disturbances, and cognitive impairment.

Lyme disease is an infection caused due to the bite of an infected tick. The illness is caused by the bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi. People living in these kinds of areas should be wary and take every means of precaution when going outdoors since ticks are usually prominent in grassy and wooded locations. Lyme disease symptoms can include a rash in the area of the bite that can expand over time and several flu-like symptoms such as fever, body pains, fatigue and chills. Apart from the Lyme disease symptoms that appear in the earlier stage, sometimes neurological symptoms start to manifest weeks or even years after being infected.

Numbness

Numbness is the typical symptom of nerves suffering from a disease or damage. People suffering from Lyme disease often experience a form of Neuralgia that they say feels like pins and needles pricking the their skin. Unlike paralysis where patients are unable to move, numbness causes patients to experience a loss of sensation.

Abnormal feelings in the limbs

Patients often say that their arms and legs will feel weak. They may also experience swelling, burning, bruising, and a tingling sensation in their arms and legs.

Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy is another symptom of having a Lyme diseases. Bell’s palsy is characterized by a sudden paralysis of the facial muscles caused by complications in the patient’s facial nerves. Patients can and usually do feel paralyzed in at least half of their face or more.

Meningitis

As much as 15% of Lyme disease patients are infected in the membranes that are located around the spinal cord and brain. In meningitis patients experience stiff necks and headaches that are not cured by typical over-the-counter medicines. In addition, they experience a heightened sensitivity to light.

Difficulty in eyesight or vision

Patients may feel changes in their vision. They may feel distortion, blurry vision, night blindness and sometimes they even experience loss of sight.

Problems in terms of concentration

Lyme disease is a physical condition that is known to affect a patient’s concentration. Lack of focus and attention on one task is a feature of such patients.

Cognitive disorder

Memory problems are another symptom of Lyme disease. When trying to remember something they may have difficulty in recalling the details and may feel little disoriented.

Encephalopathy

When Lyme disease is left untreated in its early stages, then it may cause Lyme encephalopathy. You should be aware of the common symptoms of this diseases which include dramatic mood swings, irritability, depression and a tingling sensation in the patient’s limbs.

Disturbed sleep

The sleeping habits are changed in the people who are infected with Lyme disease. These people may suffer from apnea, insomnia and other sleep disorders and disturbances.

Cognitive impairment

Lyme disease can also cause cognitive impairment. Patients may have difficulty thinking and making rational decisions. Cognitive impairment is associated with poor concentration and memory loss.

In order to be sure Lyme disease is properly treated from the outset, it is important to understand exactly what the symptoms are. All the same, prevention is still better than treatment, so follow every means of precaution to avoid getting infected with the illness.

To get additional information on symptoms of Lyme disease, you can go to http://www.lymediseaseblog.com/lyme-disease-symptoms/.

Pain Can Have a Neurological, Not Physical, Cause

Pain and the management of pain are topics that are, increasingly, garnering more interest and more attention, both by the general population and by researchers. This is simply due to the fact that medical science has now advanced to the point where it may be possible to find answers to questions regarding pain that, till now, have eluded us.

Pain. Is it all in your head? Back pain does not always have an apparent physical cause, and findings from researchers at the University of Michigan suggest the brain may be to blame. The study sample included 15 patients with lower back pain that had no physical reason such as disc or muscle problems, 15 fibromyalgia patients and 15 healthy people with no back pain. The researchers looked at brain scans while applying pressure as rapid pulsing to the base of the left thumbnail.

Like patients with mysterious back pain, fibromyalgia patients experience pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons that can not be attributed to a specific physical problem. Research on the condition shows that abnormalities in the central nervous system may be the cause. It is thought that these abnormalities affect regions in the brain and cause or contribute to the pain symptoms.

In all patients with FMS, the brain scans showed increased brain activity in certain areas, but the stimulation patterns were different for each group. Those with fibromyalgia and lower back pain experienced pain feeling when just mild pressure was applied, while healthy patients felt little effect. The researchers believe that the study provides a kind of map that shows which brain regions show the most and the least activity in response to pain.

The findings suggest that those patients with lower back pain experience an enhanced pain response in certain areas of the brain and a diminished pain response in others. It appears that these patients are simply more sensitive to pain from a pathologic process that differs from healthy patients.

Critics of the study, such as Dr Jan van der Merwe, St Thomas’s Hospital (London) head of Input Pain Management, point out that many factors contribute to increases in neural brain activity and that there is no way to tell whether the patients had increased brain activity due to pain sensitivity or from other stimuli, such as thinking about something else. While the study findings suggest that those with fibromyalgia and lower back pain experience a neurobiological amplification of pain signals that other groups do not experience, more research is needed to further demonstrate the evidence of this and determine why the heightened response occurs.

Jack Chanceling is a freelance writer contributing to the Fibromyalgia Feed.

Acupuncture Treatment: Acupuncture for Muscular-skeletal & neurological

Acupuncture is a very old and popular technique from traditional Chinese medicines. It is very ancient and since then practiced to cure various diseases in patients. This technique due to its popularity has spread all over the world. The western medical system has worked on its principles and evolved with new techniques in acupuncture theses techniques are improved version of basic acupuncture. Acupuncture has proved itself helpful for circulatory, respiratory, muscular, neurological, and digestive disorders. Besides that, it helps to give you a beautiful skin through techniques involved in cosmetic acupuncture, and auricular acupuncture is helpful for all body systems.

The original acupuncture treatment uses plastic or glass needles which are inserted in certain points in the body. These points are termed as acupuncture points. They are located on the energy channels in the body. Each acupuncture point is associated with a body part so their pinching causes stimulation ion that organ. The energy channels are called as meridians which carry energy all through the body. Any disorder in body is caused due to the blockage in pathways of energy and acupuncture always works to open those blocked paths. Western practitioners have evolved different methods to simulate organs, they uses laser, electric impulses, magnetic radiations so that pain involved in acupuncture can be avoided.

Among the various neurological disorders on which acupuncture works comes the headaches. It is effective in nay type of headache like migraine headaches, tension and cluster headaches. It causes an immediate effect on headaches and prevents their frequent occurrence. Some neurological disorders include stagnation in nerve functioning also called nerve degenerating disorder. When needles are inserted in nerves, it causes stimulation at the point and thus regaining their activity. Sometimes electric stimulation is also used for nerve stimulation. Besides these, it is helpful in stroke rehabilitation, damage due to stroke like hardening of arteries, hypertension and head injuries and treats kinds of tumors. This is also used during brain surgery and supports treatment of Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, nerve deafness

Acupuncture treatment is famous for its effect in pain and stiffness in muscles. At times, sue to stress and fatigue muscles get contracted and their movement is restricted. With acupuncture on muscles related points, muscle movement is restarted. It increases blood flow and oxygen to muscle tissues and thus providing them necessary nutrition and energy to work actively. Diseases like myofascial muscle syndrome which causes acute pain in neck, shoulders, elbows and knee have great effect of acupuncture. Along with these, tendonitis, strains inflammation and sprains in muscles are also removed with acupuncture. In bone fracture chronic pain can be avoid with acupuncture if bones are damaged from sprain and tear in tendons and ligaments.

Thus this acupuncture treatment is effective in various muscular, skeleton and neurological disorders. This therapy works for those also who are tired of taking drugs but do not see any results. Also for those who do not want to take harmful medicines, this method is beneficial. But you have to choose a licensed practitioner to avoid any infection and other harmful effects from this treatment. This is very safe and natural technique with no pain and no harm.

 

George Jhon is an Author for Backonyourfeet, An Acupuncture Sydney clinic where our highly skilled experts may guide you about Fundamentals of Acupuncture Treatment to Improve Your Life. For more information, visit http://www.backonyourfeet.com.au

 

West Nile Neurological Disease – Part 3 – Focus on Faith

In 2007, West Nile Neurological Disease paralyzed my husband, Rick, in three limbs, and caused multiple complications, including encephalitis. The virus nearly stole him from me, but mercy sent us instead into a long exile at a rehab centre several hours from home. All along what has now become a multi-year journey, we have clung tightly to God.

We had practiced for this: my husband has been a Christian clergyman for over thirty years. I’ve been a Christ-follower since childhood. Faith is central to our lives. Part of that faith is our belief that though the world is rife with disaster and difficulty–to which we are not immune–we have a living, loving God who walks beside us, holds us up when we can’t stand, and pays attention to our prayers. During our journey down the Nile, we fed our faith in many ways. Here are a few:

Likely the most spiritually nourishing practice became our reading of scripture. Daily, as I sat by my husband’s bed, I read to him aloud from the Bible. He often told me how those ancient words from which he had preached for three decades, were the only thing that took his mind off his paralysis and constant, traumatizing pain.

We prayed together often–holding hands. Because Rick’s encephalitis and pain made this familiar habit difficult, I did most of the talking aloud to God. He told me he found that extremely healing.

We made time for regular enjoyment of nature. The rehab centre had a solarium to which I pushed Rick often, simply to sit and enjoy the changing seasons outside the tall windows. Chickadees, sparrows, even rabbits, entertained us early in the mornings. As he improved, I was able to wheel his chair outside where we “rolked” (rolled and walked, a term coined by another patient who had tragically lost her legs) down to a path that followed outline of a small lake.

Even when we didn’t feel like it on many Sundays, and even though the services weren’t the kind we were accustomed to, we took in the weekly chapel service the facility offered. Surrounded by others in wheelchairs, we experienced the “fellowship of the similarly afflicted”–a bond with other disabled people that endures to this day, even though Rick has graduated to a walker.

We made time for music that boosted us spiritually. Not always gospel songs, but especially gospel songs. Though the old hymns of the church sung as commonly these days, they kept creeping out through the fabric of our joint memory to encourage us. I often sat at the piano in the common area and played them by memory. Other patients and family members joined us sometimes. God, we know, did too, regularly.

I sang one of those hymns almost every morning. It emerged without waiting for an invitation, almost immediately after waking. The archaic words seemed both relevant and crucial for me: Oh, for a faith that will not shrink, though pressed by every foe; that will not tremble on the brink of any earthly woe. Lord, give me such a faith as this…!

I also spent hours reading–after getting into bed and before rising. From other people of faith, who had written on the subjects of pain, grief, and loss, I gained new perspectives, which I often shared with Rick. Those words have served us well all along the Nile.

If pirates have boarded your boat, I encourage you to board an even larger one – the stable boat of spiritual direction, comfort, and provision. Keep (or develop) an active faith in God. It will be your most effective weapon in battle.

You’ve just read article three in the E-Zine series: West Nile Neurological Disease–Fighting Life’s Pirates.Read the complete story of our West Nile journey in West Nile Diary, One Couple’s Triumph Over a Deadly Disease available on Amazon.

P.S. Wear repellent.

copyright 2010, by Kathleen Gibson. If you copy, copy right, and for non-profit use only. Please include author credit, and a link to my website, below.

Kathleen Gibson is a Canadian author and newspaper columnist whose work has been published in global print and online media. Through articles, interviews and her book, West Nile Diary–One Couple’s Triumph Over a Deadly Disease, she and her husband, Rick, have raised the level of West Nile Disease awareness across North America. Together, they point others to the beautiful strength that comes from cultivating a solid faith in God. Kathleen’s latest book is Practice by Practice, The Art of Everyday Faith. More info at http://www.kathleengibson.ca

Boundaries of Self – Representational Self and the Neurological Representation of an Individual

Logic dictates that entity A cannot be entity B, and when we come to valuate that do the representations we have from ourselves truly represent ourselves, in relativity with this simple logic, the answer must be “No”. The entity we are perceiving in our consciousness is combined of units of information, and is a virtual entity, similarly with our friends and foes we perceive in our consciousness even when they are not around. And these representations lack the neurological detail, everything that we know as the physical basis of our existence, every known form of self-awareness, and are immaterial in the environment. And as our sense of the environment is representational, when the external source of an individual we know is not at present, the representation of the individual we have in our consciousness does not have a mind of its own, but is the exact then active image we have from him/her, each of them produced in relativity with our own internal complexity and the dynamics of the sub-consciousness.

It must now also be acknowledged that our individuality, not the soul, is defined also in neurological, cellural and in genetic level, i.e. that the combination of atoms in molecular level is what makes us human individuals, having the 1-2% difference in genetic level, making us unique in physical design. Yet, in the experiments done through cloning also indicate through deductions that, the distinctive observer/soul cannot be replicated however identical the genome that produces the chain reaction of combining the body were between mammals, not to mention that the combination of genes that is able to construct the individual self of us does not emerge anywhere in the entire cosmos and beyond during our existence, transcending us to those spatial co-ordinates. If the observer/soul was somehow linked between the two cloned Dolly sheep, it would have required some Cartesian receiver-transceiver device, enabling them to send and receive neural impulses from each of other in order to build collective self-awareness, but their genome had no such blueprints for it to be formed. Ego, or Das Ich (The I, or I itself) as Freud would have expressed or soul is therefore not something that can be replicated nor can it be divided to multiple bodies, forming a collective consciousness with an individual (one) ego.

In order for information to be in consciousness, it needs neurological support system that can contain information. This is the same with innate information systems in neurological level, for without qualifying and distinctive properties, the neurons and specialized receptors in various parts of the brains and for example neurons that are responsible and that enable motor tasks could not exist. Again, memory cells and for example synapses require distinctive molecular combination of atoms in order to exist and therefore units of information these memory cells and synapses contain must also have a unique molecular combination per unit of information, since otherwise contained units information should be considered as some magical meta-impulses that are contained in memory cells, identical in molecular combination, although containing different units of information. But on the other hand, energy in its form of information in neurological cognitive systems is yet without any recognizable types, i.e. that for example this waveform means “a peanut”, and this “Plato”, and the combination of these is waveforms is “Plato in a peanut” and even more, the problem of indicating which memory cell contains the searched unit of information is limited by the lack of technology of being able to scan neurons in the level of molecular combination. The distribution of information that are combined to a representation from different areas and lobes of the brains cannot be traced in the level of finding specific units of information. But non-the-less, the way our retina deals with the individual photons is that they are translated to neural impulses and are first sent to individual neurons in the visual cortex until sent to various perception-relative regions of brains to form the big picture (V3-V5), during the content generative cycle before representations emerge to consciousness, with parallel categorical types of associated information (from dimensions of information such as color, taste, semantics, emotions, sounds, ect. from other neurological systems). Because of the technological limitations, the only way to approach this matter at hand is logic. The first logical deduction is that the brains form representations from combined units of information, with the content generated by the micro-level neurocomputation for the individual’s consciousness. The second logical deduction is that because different areas of the brains perform different tasks with relatively different types of information, the information that consciousness receives as the complete representation of the environment is composed of units of information individual areas of the brains have processed. The third logical deduction is that brains are in constant constructive state in relativity with the information translated by senses of the environmental conditions and in relativity with the information already contained by the memory systems. And the fourth and most obvious logical deduction is therefore that the categorical increasing complexity defines the units of information that is to be used by the constructive and re-constructive behavior of our brains while building representations. The same deductions of this re-constructive behavior of our brains to build representations from units of information in diverse memory systems were made by F. C. Bartlett in as early as 1932:

“The first notion to get rid of is that memory is primarily or literally reduplicative, or reproductive. In a world of constantly changing environment, literal recall is extraordinarily unimportant. If we consider evidence rather than supposition, memory appears to be far more decisively an affair of construction rather than one of mere reproduction”

Now, in neurological representation of an individual, i.e. the molecular combination of an individual containing all the units of information, including the various information systems in the levels of individual neurons, memory cells, sysnapses, ect. and the systems and representations they produce in combination and as sums of their parts, the innate neurological composition produces the frame of value-relative constancies, with the individual genetic differences. The increasing complexity (for example growth of dendritic spines for an anatomical substrate for memory storage and synaptic transmission) after the birth in relations to the information of the environment and coping with the reality can for example exceed in such categories as motor tasks, emotional responses, learning to recognize objects by the smell value-relatively combined to them, ect. Virtual information such as representations of ethical behavior virtually extends the innate behavioral patterns and produce virtually extended value-relative behavior, increasing the complexity of the neurological representation of the self. The existing virtual information about the atomic combination of the environment, i.e. the atomic quantum reality to make the distinctive difference between the information containing and not-containing environment, chemical reactions and the laws of physics virtually extends the innate capacity on understanding the environment. Religions extend the innate nature virtually to a spiritual dimension. The information society systems virtually extend the innate group behavior. I mention these examples because the neurological representation of an individual is extended by virtual information, that is, an individual is also the information he/she contains, adding a third dimension which is beyond the Cartesian dualism. The increasing complexity in the category of etiquette increases the neurological representation of an individual in relations with the behavior in accordance with etiquette. As the characteristics are again considered as units that are universal, the active combination of them defines that area of the neurological representation of an individual. The more one characteristic increases in complexity, the more units of information exists in such characteristic in the neurological representation of an individual. Thus, the more one virtually extends one’s innate nature in the dimension of smart business transactions, the more virtually extended the innate nature the neurological representation of an individual becomes.

Now, as it isn’t the representational self that moves in the environment, but the neurological representation of the self, it is healthy to make a clear difference between these two distinctive levels of being. The representational self is a fantasane entity, and the neurological self is the authentic manifestation of an individual. The way we move in the atomic reality is in relativity with the active neurological combination in our micro-level neurocomputation, and its dynamics are in constant state spatial shifts. These shifts and the active combination of them define exactly where we are in the mental space, and the place our physical being manifests is defined by the spatial co-ordinates we exist in in the space-time continuum of the cosmos. In both cases, where our neurological and atomic existence is located, it is the exact location we exist in.

Henry M. Piironen was born in 1982 in Jyvaskyla, Finland, and has studied complex adaptive systems, systems theory, information theory, memetics, cosmology, the human brain neuroanatomy, theories of consciousness, self-organization, co-adaptation, emergence and religions. He experienced scientific enlightenment in 2007, leading to the creation of the model of information reality, which is addressed in his first book, “The Art of Perception: An Introduction to Information Reality” (2008). His current studies are on the information-driven continuums of superorganisms and how information extends the mind. For more discoveries of the information driven world, visit his official website at: http://www.kolumbus.fi/henrympiironen/Home.html

5 Neurological Complications Of Lyme Disease To Be Aware Of

Lyme disease, left untreated, may cause a number of debilitating neurological conditions that attack the body and mind.

People get Lyme disease from the bites of infected ticks. The early signs of Lyme disease are inclusive of a characteristic rash which appears around the part of the body where the bite occurred, fever, chills, headaches, muscle and joint pains, and swollen lymph nodes. Lyme disease shares symptoms with more common illnesses and as a result people that have contracted it end up using inappropriate treatments or miss getting treatment entirely. Unfortunately, when left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to severe complications. In the second stage of Lyme disease, neurological complications like numbness, severe headaches, and visual disturbances may occur. Lyme disease is associated with the following neurological complications:

Radiculitis

A very painful radiculitis is among the first neurological complications that are experienced by people with Lyme disease. A radiating pain along the dermatome of a nerve often characterizes radiculitis. This condition generally occurs within the first few weeks to months of the infection. Patients usually experience sensory, motor and mixed symptoms and conditions like weakness and sudden reflex and sensory changes. Unfortunately, these symptoms are sometimes mistaken as indicators of nerve-impingement.

Cranial neuropathies, or head symtoms

As well as the patient’s cranial nerve, cranial neuropathies can affect the nerves involved in sensory processing, in other words sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. As Lyme disease progresses the multiple cranial nerves of can all be affected at the same time in someone infected with the disease. An estimated 50%-70% of total patients that suffer from neurological symptoms experience this complication.

Intracranial hypertension

A rare neurological complication of Lyme disease is intracranial hypertension. It is more commonly experienced by children and adolescents. Headaches and papilledema are common side effects associated with intracranial hypertension. Papilledema, the swelling of a patient’s optic disc, develops over a span of a few hours to a few weeks. In some cases, abnormalities in Cerebrospinal Fluid may also occur.

Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord

Sometimes resembling ischemic patterns, encephalomyelitis usually includes brainstem abnormalities. It can be medically proofed that the parenchyma is involved. Cerebellar syndromes, motion disorders, hemiparesis, and spastic paraparesis are all indicators of this complication. This complication is more common in European nations than in North America.

Encephalopathy

Encephalopathy is one of the most common complications that occurs in the later stages of Lyme disease. Those with this problem experience minor or even major cognitive changes and polyradiculoneuropathy. Encephalopathy as well as other late stage infections may be accompanied by severe fatigue, sleeping problems, extreme irritability, mood swings, photophobia, difficulty finding words, and problems in writing or speaking. There have been reports of sensory issues as well. The severity of these symptoms may differ and are considered to be somewhat inconsistent.

Early identification of the symptoms of Lyme disease and administration of immediate treatment are the best ways to prevent it from developing into worse neurological complications.

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10 Lyme Disease’s Alarming Neurological Symptoms That One Should Look Out For

Some neurological symptoms of Lyme disease which you should look out for are numbness, abnormal feelings in the limbs, Bell’s palsy, meningitis, vision problems, difficulty in concentrating, memory loss, encephalopathy, sleep disturbances, and also cognitive impairment.

Lyme disease is an infection that results from the bite of an infected tick. The illness is caused by bacterium borrelia burgdorferi. People who live in grassy and wooded locations should be cautious of ticks, which are usually common in those areas, and take every possible precaution when going outside. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash in the bite area which spreads over time and many flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body pains, fatigue and chills. Besides the usual symptoms that manifest in the early stages of Lyme’s disease, there are certain neurological symptoms that one has to look out for which show up a few weeks or even many years later.

Numbness

Numbness is an indication of diseased or damaged nerves. Several people describe the feeling as something similar to pins and needles on their skin, and people suffering from Lyme disease will often feel a prickling or burning pain in the affected area. Numbness causes patients to experience a loss of sensation unlike paralysis where patients are unable to move.

Abnormal feelings in the limbs

Patients often say that their arms and legs will feel weak. Tingling sensations in the extremities, bruising, burning and swelling may be experienced.

Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy is another symptom of having a Lyme diseases. Bell’s palsy is characterized by a sudden paralysis of the facial muscles caused by complications in the patient’s facial nerves. There is often a partial or whole paralysis of the face of the patients.

Meningitis

Meningitis is one serious complication of Lyme disease. This condition can lead to a very rapid death as the membranes around the brain and spinal cord swell. This condition is referred as meningitis and patients can experience stiff necks and headaches which are not cured by typical over-the-counter medicines. In addition, they experience a heightened sensitivity to light.

Problems with vision

Patients may notice problems with their eyesight as well. Vision troubles may arise ranging from trouble seeing at night to total blindness or impaired vision.

Problems in terms of concentration

Lyme disease is a physical condition that is known to affect a patient’s concentration. These patients may find it difficult to concentrate on a single task at a time.

Memory loss

Memory problems are another symptom of Lyme disease. They can have difficulty recalling details and may feel disoriented when trying to remember something.

Encephalopathy

Lyme encephalopathy may result when Lyme disease is left untreated in its early stages. Some symptoms of encephalopathy are dramatic mood swings, depression and a tingling sensation in the limbs.

Disturbed sleep

The sleeping habits are changed in the people who are infected with Lyme disease. These people may suffer from apnea, insomnia and other sleep disorders and disturbances.

Cognitive impairment

Cognitive impairment can occur when a person has a Lyme disease. Thinking and making decisions may be difficult for the patients. Poor concentration and memory loss are byproducts of cognitive impairment.

It is important to be aware of the different symptoms of Lyme disease so proper treatment can be administered before the disease worsens. It is said that prevention is better than cure so it is always good to take proper precautions to avoid the illness.

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West Nile Neurological Disease – Part 1 – Our Battle Begins

Are you intimate with one or more of life’s multitudinous pirates? Catastrophe. Illness. Accident. Sudden disability. Financial ruin. Severed relationships.

They specialize in surprise. They often attack when the little boats of our lives are in full sail, when the day is fine and the sky clear. When we least expect trouble. Suddenly, without warning, the life we knew is no more. Gone. Flipped upside down as easily as a donut in hot oil.

We’ve lived with a few pirates, my husband and I. The last batch entered our lives quietly a few years ago. It happened in an instant. We didn’t even notice their invasion at first. They arrived in the form of an unseen, unfelt, common summer occurrence. My husband got bit by a mosquito.

The mosquito, we know now, imported a virus onto the little boat of our lives. In the space of a few short days, my husband, Rick, then an active fifty-four year old clergyman, became cognitively disoriented and paralyzed in both legs and his left arm.

Doctors diagnosed him with a severe case of West Nile Neurological Disease (also called West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease). How ironic that the pirate that led the attack was no bigger than his baby fingernail.

After eleven days in ICU, and another almost three weeks on a regular ward, only moments of which he actually remembers, doctors transferred Rick to a rehab center two hours from home.

On a blue and gold September afternoon, I locked our front door behind me and followed the ambulance down the silver stream of highway, past ripening fields of wheat and barley, past herds of grazing cattle to a rehab centre in a nearby city. We stayed there for the next five months, my husband in a double ward room, and I in a rented hostel room right in the centre.

Though he’d already been in hospital for almost a month, it was in that rehab centre that we began learning about what it really means to do battle with the pirates of West Nile Neurological Disease.

We also learned something else: many of the strategies and tools we found helpful are common to all life’s difficulties, no matter the stripe of pirates-or monsters, or madmen, or beasts.

If you’re fighting pirates, be sure to read this entire article series–this is the first. If you’re not fighting pirates, read be sure to read this entire article series. Life can change with the suddenness of a summer squall. One day you’ll need the information you’ll find in one or more of them.

You’ve just read article one in the E-Zine series: West Nile Neurological Disease–Fighting Life’s Pirates.

Read the complete story of our West Nile journey in West Nile Diary, One Couple’s Triumph Over a Deadly Disease available on Amazon.

P.S. Wear repellent.

copyright 2010, by Kathleen Gibson.

If you copy, copy right, and for non-profit use only. Please include author credit, and a link to my website, below.

Kathleen Gibson is a Canadian author and newspaper columnist whose work has been published in global print and online media. Through articles, interviews and her book, West Nile Diary–One Couple’s Triumph Over a Deadly Disease, she and her husband, Rick, have raised the level of West Nile Disease awareness across North America. Together, they point others to the beautiful strength that comes from cultivating a solid faith in God. Kathleen’s latest book is Practice by Practice, The Art of Everyday Faith. More info at http://www.kathleengibson.ca

Birth-Related Neurological Injures

Although we are now in the 21st Century and modern medicine is improving and extending the lives of millions of people, mistakes during childbirth lead to a number of birth related neurological injuries. In most cases, these injuries resulted in careless or even negligent behavior by the attending medical staff. These birth injuries affect the child and his or her family for the rest of their lives, in many cases costing the family hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical, rehabilitative, and equipment costs.

Types of Birth Injury

There are varying degrees of birth injury, some are minor and heal over time. Others however last a lifetime and may severely retard the development of the child. Minor birth injuries include:

• Lacerations
• Fractures
• Temporary paralysis

Fortunately, these injuries will heal over time and the child will not experience long-term deficiencies.

Other more severe birth injuries include:

• Cerebral palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, which adversely affects basic motor skills. It also causes seizures, lack of smooth muscle control, and difficulty breathing. Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability.
• Erb’s palsy is paralysis caused by damage to the brachial plexus nerve near the shoulder. This may be a temporary, but is often a permanent birth injury.
• Hypoxia is the lack of oxygen to the brain to a varying degree. Brain damage may be evident right away, but may also present itself years later when development is seen to be lacking.

Neurological Injury Compensation Association

The state of Florida created the Neurological Injury Compensation Association, NICA, to assist families with children when neurological birth injuries. It helps pay for the care of infants born with neurological defects. The association was made to eliminate the costs of litigation and get compensation to the family as quickly as possible. The family must apply for the program, with eligibility determined by a federal law judge. Here are some criteria for enrollment:

• Spinal cord injury
• Brain injury
• Infant must be born alive
• Injury caused by mechanical injury or hypoxia
• The child must have permanent disability
Compensation from NICA may help with actual expenses for reasonable care, including:
• Medical expenses
• Hospital bills
• Medications
• Equipment

When enrolling with NICA, the family waives the option to bring a civil lawsuit against those responsible, but not all birth injuries are covered, so litigation may still be an option. The child must be enrolled by age five to be eligible.

Birth Injury Litigation

Compensation for birth injuries may be possible in the event that the injury was caused by medial negligence or medical malpractice. In order to collect damages in a birth injury case, the plaintiff must prove that the obstetrician, hospital, or staff was liable for damages. When seeking legal counsel, it is a good idea to retain an experienced birth injury attorney who is familiar with all the legal options to make a strong case.

To find out more about birth related neurological injuries, please visit the Florida personal injury attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today.