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Sorry, I am new to this world - what is the connection between Lyme and OCD?

 

What are the symptoms of untreated chronic Lyme other than fatigue?

 

Thanks!

Lyme has been recognized as one of the bacteria that can provoke neurological issues due to chronic infection. In children, it's called PANS - pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. In adults, it's just referred to as neuro-lyme. Ticks often infect you with not just lyme, but with other bacteria, including bartonella, which is usually suspected when a patient's neurological problems are more pronounced than his physical symptoms.

 

The symptoms of lyme and co-infections is a long list. Fatigue, joint and muscle pain, brain fog, vision problems, tremors, motor/vocal tics, unexplained fever, partial facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy), sleep disturbances, rages, sensitivity to noise and light, not being able to get enough air (air hunger), and in neurolyme/Pans it can include OCD, anxiety, cognitive problems, motor control problems and other symptoms. I would read thru the following sites for symptoms:

http://www.ilads.org/

http://calda.org/

http://ocfoundation.org/PANDAS/

and read the "helpful threads" that are pinned at the top of this forum.

 

In general, both Lyme and PANS are treated with combinations of antibiotics, natural supplements and behavior therapy to get control of the OCD. When the infection starts to clear, you should see a reduction in OCD symptoms, if it's infection that's been causing the OCD.

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Ticks often infect you with not just lyme, but with other bacteria, including bartonella, which is usually suspected when a patient's neurological problems are more pronounced than his physical symptoms.

I would also add that a patient can have ONLY neurological problems with no physical symptoms, as is true with my son.

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