With a much warmer start to spring, ticks will be out early this year. It’s especially important to take note of this if you live in or will be visiting a part of the country prone to ticks. Lyme disease is caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick.
The Wall Street Journal article, This Season's Ticking Bomb, lists the symptoms of Lyme disease to include headache and muscle aches, as well as serious and long-term complications affecting the brain, joints (including the jaw), heart, nerves and muscles.
Family Practice News published an article, Lyme Disease Presents Differently in Men and Women, which states “significantly more women than men reported joint pain, muscle pain, headache, back pain, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, numbness and tingling, and changes in vision.”Many symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) so a misdiagnosis may occur. Symptoms of TMD include:
Additionally, less common symptoms include: ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, and vision problems.
If you think you suffer from TMD, it’s very important to see your medical doctor to rule out any other medical conditions such as Lyme disease that could be causing your symptoms.
We invite you to read John Benjamin’s story which appears on our website. John initially thought his symptoms were caused by TMD and spent thousands of dollars on treatments and suffering for many years before he was properly diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease.