What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is a potentially life-threatening condition that is transmitted to humans by blacklegged ticks. The tick infects the person with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi). At first, a rash may appear. This can disappear without treatment, but in time, the person may develop problems with the joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

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What Causes Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Humans contract Lyme disease through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, which are rampant in the Chapel Hill-Durham area of North Carolina.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) later developing signs of Lyme Disease include:

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • Gait and Balance Issues
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Rashes on the body
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints.
  • Facial palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face)
  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heart beat (Lyme carditis)
  • Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Nerve pain
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Problems with short-term memory

These symptoms can be reduced with treatment of the brain, spine, nervous system and gastro-intestinal systems of the body.

70% of those affected by Lyme Disease report changes in their thinking and memory such as reduced mental sharpness.

Symptoms of Brain Fog include:

  •         Difficulty with focus, attention and concentration.
  •         Problems with impulse control and judgment.
  •         Poor problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  •         Slower mental processing speed
  •         Disorganization and losing track of things

How is Lyme Disease Diagnosed?

Lyme’s is hard to diagnose because many times there are no major signs or symptoms at onset and only after time has passed does the affected person begin to feel a decline in health. It is hard to relate back to a tick bite, that you may not even be aware has happened. Doctors do not have a simple and affordable way to diagnose Lyme for many people, so they suffer with the associated symptoms without knowing the cause.

At Leigh Brain and Spine, the evaluation doesn’t diagnose Lyme directly but evaluates the underlying brain patterns of the affiliated symptoms that are being caused by the presence of the bacteria. This includes brain fog, slow information processing, and physical symptoms. Once the patterns are identified, the brain can be re-wired back to a healthier version of itself to reduce and eliminate symptoms.

What is the Best Test for Lyme Disease?

Brain patterns exists in Lyme Disease that keep your neurological system in a constant state of dysfunction, making it difficult or impossible for the bacteria to subside and more than likely exacerbating the disease and its symptoms. These patterns can be identified and isolated using qEEG Brain Mapping technology.

The doctors at Leigh Brain and Spine identify where in the brain the challenges stem from and what to do about it using qEEG Brain Mapping. Brain fog, chronic pain and fatigue, mood challenges, sleep problems, and anxiety all have been shown to improve using Neurofeedback Therapy, a primary treatment modality for Lyme Disease.

What is the Most Effective Treatment for Lyme Disease?

Neurofeedback Therapy can then change the brain pattern toward the optimal one proven to be symptom-free. When the brain is working better, the flow of information from the brain to the body is improved and symptoms can be reduced. Brain health involves identifying neurological dysregulation that is occurring in the brain to bring it back to a stronger healthier version that can think, focus, remember and have stamina for activities that you love.

How can I know if I Have Inflammation that is Making My Lyme Disease Worse?

Nutrition and gut health are of the utmost importance when it comes to controlling the symptoms of Lyme Disease because they directly impact inflammation, which is at the root of pain. The more inflammation in the body, the more pain.

Through IgG Food Sensitivity testing, the foods that are causing inflammation in your system can be identified and then eliminated without having to eliminate all foods from your diet. Food sensitivity is different from food allergies. Sensitivities can take longer to show up in your body so many times you don’t understand that something you ate yesterday for breakfast is increasing your pain later the next day. That is why the gut repair program works so well.

How Can Neurofeedback Therapy Help Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is known to be associated with an abnormal brain functioning pattern. Scientists have identified a brain mode that is used when a person is healthy and has no health problems. Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) technology was used to find this brain pattern. If your brain is not using this mode and is instead using one that is too slow, has low activation, and poor communication between brain areas, you are at risk for Lyme Disease.

This brain pattern, identified on qEEG as the Lyme Disease pattern, can give the person pain, tiredness and thinking problems. Neurofeedback Therapy improves the way the brain is performing and thus reduces symptoms of Lyme Disease.

Neurofeedback Therapy can improve the way your brain is performing. You brain can be shifted toward a more optimal mode proven to be symptom-free.

Neurofeedback Therapy is:

  • Drug-Free
  • Non-Invasive
  • No Side-Effects
  • Clinically Proven
  • Long-lasting Benefits
  • Proven successful with 65-year legacy

What Do I Do If I Have Lyme Disease?

If you would like to speed up your recovery from Lyme Disease and address the underlying brain pattern associated with your symptoms, call the professionals at Leigh Brain & Spine, (919) 401-9933 or fill out the form below for more information. The doctors can perform a qEEG Brain Map to evaluate your brain function to determine if you are a strong candidate for Neurofeedback Therapy.

Leigh Brain and Spine is proud to have earned the distinction as a Certified Brain Health Coach Center and is a proud member of the Amen Clinics referral network.