Lyme disease is a medical condition that is caused by a bacterial infection. The bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi it transmitted to humans through an infected tick. The infection can affect an individual’s skin, heart, joints, and the nervous system.
The disease has several phases. The initial phase will have symptoms that include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Lymph nodes that are swollen
- Some people will develop a rash with a “bulls-eye” appearance while some don’t. The rash can be round and red or bluish-red.
The rash developed after the bite can grow and expand slowly over a period of days. According to the Center for Disease Control, the rash can expand to about 12 inches across. The rash can feel warm, it may or may not itch or painful and it can also appear on any part of the body.
As the infection progresses, the second phase begins the symptoms may become serious.
- The headaches and the neck stiffness can be severe
- More rashes will grow in the body
- Severe joint pains and swelling, especially in the knees or arthritis
- Both sides or one side of the face will have droop due to the loss of muscle tone
- Irregular heartbeat or palpitations
- Brain inflammation including the spinal cord
- Shooting or sharp pains and numbness in the hands or feet
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria which are carried by the deer ticks known as Ixodes scapularis. The ticks are carrying the bacterium in their stomachs and when they bite humans the bacterium is then transmitted.
It can be sometimes hard to detect if you have Lyme disease because its symptoms can mimic different disorders such as gout or flu. Because of this, there are several cases of misdiagnosis.
The treatment involves the use of antibiotics such as cefuroxime, doxycycline, amoxicillin, and tetracycline. If treatment was given earlier in the initial stage, full recovery is possible. Some individuals who had Lyme disease and was given treatment still experienced muscle and joint pains.
If you think you are suffering from Lyme Disease you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Lyme Disease as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).