Category Archives: Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease – Memory loss and other symptoms.

My point in sharing this information was to bring awareness to the general public about Lyme disease and how it can affect the brain.  Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick infected with Borrelia Burgdorferi.    If you happen to watch the Bravo channel and love “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” one of it’s stars, Yolanda Foster has Lyme disease.   Yolanda has brought awareness to this awful illness by taking the viewers on her journey with Lyme.   Myself, I have known about Lyme for a long time, and how it affects the brain much like Fibromyalgia, which is what I was diagnosed with in 2004, by a Rheumatologist in Redondo Beach, CA.    ~K. Frankforter

LE, there is first a loss of short term memory followed by a loss of long term memory very late in the illness. Patients may have slowness of recall with different types of explicit (or factual) information, such as words, numbers, names, faces or geographical/spatial cues.  Not as common, there may also be slowness of recall if implicit information, such as tying shoes, or doing other procedural memory tasks.

Errors in memory retrieval include:

Errors with letter and/or number sequences. This can include letter reversals, reversing the sequence of letters in words, spelling errors, number reversals, or word substitution errors (inserting the opposite, closely related or wrong words in a sentence.

via Lyme Disease and Cognitive Impairments.

Lyme can cause symptoms in multiple organs, including skin, heart, nervous system, joints and muscles and gastrointestinal tract. Involvement of the lungs, eyes or urinary tract has also been reported.

For some people, fatigue or brain fog is the only symptom of Lyme disease. Sometimes the most prominent symptom is a change in mood or personality.

Symptoms may begin days or months after a tick bite. Many victims of Lyme disease are unaware of having had a tick bite. The majority of Lyme patients I’ve seen never had the classic “bull’s eye rash” that can be an early sign of the disease.

via Leo Galland, M.D.: Lyme Disease: The Perfect Storm Is Headed Our Way.