I have recently been reading about Lyme Disease in connection to thyroid and endocrine problems in general.
I have come across it many times during research but finally decided to investigate further after I visited therapist, Chris Carter as her Asyra System brought up Lymes on my body scan and also my daughter's.
We are discussing Lyme Disease in relation to endocrine problems, as many of those who are possible candidates, would have had it for many years prior to the decline of the thyroid and endocrine system in general.
In fact, we are purely covering it as a possible cause of our illness. Could it be the reason for autoimmune disease?
Lyme Disease has been implicated in the following list of illnesses:
There is a strong link between Lyme Disease (LD) and later devloping Thyroid Disease, Autoimmune Disease/dysfunction and/or Adrenal dysfunction. The long and short of it is that Lyme disease affects the endocrine system In fact it commonly affects so many of the body's systems including: (brain, central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, musco-skeletal, etc.) and is something to be considered in anyone with a chronic illness.
So what is it?
Lyme Disease (It is also known as borrelia or borreliosis.) is an illness or infection that comes about through a tick bite (a wood tick, normally found living on Deer.) A micro-organism (Borrelia burghdor feri) introduced through the bite causes the disease. Anyone can get Lyme Disease if the tick that bites them is carrying the infection (Borrelia)
Since deer normally live in woods or forests, this is a common place for the ticks to be found although the ticks are not exclusive to just woods and forests. At present it is difficult to assess how widespread the ticks are in this country. However, Lyme Disease is on the increase.
Diagnosis is presently based on symptoms although there are tests that can be performed. However, these tests can be unreliable in the sense that they may come back negative when you do actually have Lymes. If they come back positive, then they further support a diagnosis. It is especially difficult if the patient can not remember being bitten or if no rash is present. However if tests show negative then a diagnosis can be made clinically.
Blood tests can be performed to check whether anti-bodies are present although sometimes, false positive results can occur. CT scans can be used to check the central nervous system to see if it has spread there, and spinal fluid can also be checked.
Please click here to read about a hypothyroid lady whose son contracted Lymes disease resulting in hypothyroidism.
Also see this link. You actually can see how many would attribute many of their symptoms to Lymes disease.
"Transmission of the disease has been clearly documented after bites by fleas, mites, mosquitos and ticks. There is compelling evidence that Lyme disease (LD) can be spread by sexual and congenital transfer.”Please click here to read more about this.
"“Biology professor, Lida Mattman, author of Cell Wall Deficient Forms: Stealth Pathogens, has been able to recover live spirochetes of Bb from mosquitos, fleas, mites, semen, urine, blood, and spinal fluid.” Please check out Digital Naturopath
Is there cause for concern
Well, quite possibly. Your own pets can bring the ticks into your home and many fleas, mosquito's etc can carry the disease.
A great many cases go undiagnosed. Lyme Disease is thought to be the fastest growing infectious disease in the world with 200,000 new cases a year in the U.S alone and it is thought that as many as 1 in 20 Americans may have the disease. It is also rife in Central Eastern and Western Europe, so the UK is not immune.
It can imitate many other diseases and only half (40-50%) actually report the common rash (like a bulleye) which can be red and hot and itchy or in a lot of cases, can't be felt at all.
The rash can also mimic other skin conditions like ringworm, hives, flea bites, poison ivy, eczcema or even sunburn so it makes sense to show all rashes to a doctor before they get a chance to disappear or if you can't get to the doctors, take a picture.
These can be quite vague. Usually flu like symptoms which would of course not actually make us think "Lyme disease" which can show up weeks or months after infection.
Typical sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches and pains, headaches, stiff neck, aversion to bright lights (making us think of meningitis) some may not even get symptoms. These symptoms usually go away without treatment.
Stress can activate a flare from LD or the rash later on such as chronic stress or surgery.
Like many illnesses, LD's severity is in stages, stage 1, 2 and 3. By the time you get to stage 3, you have usually already been misdiagnosed with any of the following:
This could be because LD affects our endocrine system and causes hypothyroidism, hypoadrenal illness and affects our central nervous system and many M.S patients have already been found to have b. Burgdorferi Spirochetes in fluid extracted from their spine as well as tissue samples. Similarly they have been found in blood cultures of ALS and Parkinsons Disease Patients.
Another Doctor, Doctor Jones who specialises in pediactric medicine states "Of more than 5000 children I have treated, 240 of them have been born with Lymes."
Lyme Disease weakens the immune system which of course causes autoimmune disfunction.
“Hypothalamus/pituitary/adrenal axis dysfunction is frequently associated with Lyme disease, and many Lyme patients have (at least temporarily) both thyroid and adrenal insufficiency.”
Yes, but should I be alarmed?
At the end of the day, many of us have Thyroid disease, CFS, Fibromyalgia, candida and adrenal fatigue. We have it and we know we have. Our issues don't always resolve and there are a lot of times we can't get as well as we would like. Our struggle is always in how we can get well and that is all we are interested in. This website is designed to find out why we are sick and how we can go about achieving total wellness. Many websites like this exist purely because so many are still not getting well, even on superior medications like Armour. We have to ultimately find out the cause and of course, the cure.