Lyme Disease, caused by the bite of a bacteria-infected tick with Borrelia burgdorferi, mayonii, afzelii or garinii (depending on the region of the world), not only attacks the patient’s organs and joints, but causes significant changes in their neurological state, sometimes called “Lyme brain.”
This serious and debilitating illness affects an estimated 365,000 individuals each year – and numbers are rising.
For those who suffer from the cognitive impairments of Lyme, such as short-term memory loss, difficulty with speech and word recollection, loss of motor skills, depression, anxiety, hallucinations and other symptoms that may closely resemble Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia, finding a way to fight back is an absolute must.
Fortunately, the cognitive impairments often associated with Lyme Disease are well documented, and there are doctors, specialists and treatment centers who focus primarily on this kind of therapy.
Strategies can include everything from brain-training activities, such as biofeedback, to more internal treatments such as administering antibiotics intravenously to help correct memory recall issues by reducing inflammation of the brain if the infection is caught early on.
Additional approaches may leverage the power of Liposomal herbal compounds for producing anti-inflammatory effects, or assisting with the repair of damaged neurons, or even using revitalizing microcurrent frequencies (very minute electrical frequencies) to target the brain’s memory centers.
Of course, care should be taken when trying any experimental or controversial therapy or medicine, and it’s always best to consult your doctor.
Treatment may take the form of a pharmaceutical approach, tackling the blood-brain barrier that causes symptoms of Lyme brain, aiming to penetrate this barrier, reduce inflammation, and stabilizing neurological function.
It’s also been suggested that antimicrobials, coupled with antioxidants and compounds for neurotransmitter support (such as teasel root, glutathione, stephania root, phosphatidycholine, and phenylbuterate), combined with a healthy and nutritious diet, can prove effective for some individuals.
Dietary choices can make a huge difference, making an effort to cut out excessive amounts of gluten, alcohol, sugar, dairy, MSG, and preservatives wherever possible. You truly are what you eat, and giving your brain the right macronutrients, antioxidants and vitamins – while cutting out the foods that cause mental fogginess – can go a long way toward helping you feel like yourself again.
Exercise (physical fitness) can play an important role, as it not only increases the flow of essential nutrients to the brain, but provides a general sense of self-accomplishment and esteem that can beat-back symptoms of depression, frustration, self-doubt and anxiety, all of which are stressors that make it difficult for minds – even ones not fighting Lyme Disease – to function at their peak.
Last, but not least, sleep – getting adequate, quality sleep each night is essential to cognitive function, even for those not dealing with the additional challenges posed by Lyme Disease. Give yourself the best fighting chance possible by setting a schedule for nutritious meals, exercise, relaxation, social engagements, and sleep. Take naps periodically during the day, if need be, but make sure you get your eight hours.
Detecting the Right Cause, Early
The most important part of tackling Lyme Disease memory loss is early detection – doctors routinely check for the physical symptoms associated with the disease, often overlooking telling signs of Lyme infection such as cognitive problems and psychological problems.
In worse cases, the person may be misdiagnosed with other mental disorders or problems, such as psychosis, schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease, setting them on a path of incorrect – and often invasive – treatments that will allow Lyme Disease to continue tearing apart the mind, undetected.
This bacterial infection must be identified as early as possible. If you’re experiencing concentration problems, or physical ailments such as numbness, burning, stabbing sensations or tingling in the limbs, have your doctor check for Lyme Disease before it causes a severe infection of nerves in the spinal cord.
If you live in a region that’s prone to tick bites, such as the North Eastern part of the U.S., or you are regularly exposed to piles of settled leaves, lawn trimmings, or you like to go camping or have dogs that roam in wooded areas or other habitats favored by vectors – Lyme Disease should be the first thing that comes to mind if you find yourself or a loved one performing noticeably slower in terms of cognitive function.
Choosing the Right Approach
Lyme Disease, and memory loss caused by it, presents itself in radically different ways for each person affected. This means that there’s no universal treatment that suits everyone – you have to discover what works best for you, and never give up.