Joint Pain, Lyme Disease and the Problem with Ticks
There are various symptoms that Lyme disease may exhibit and one of them is joint pain. Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is caused and spread by ticks. It is the most common tick-related disease in the U.S. and Canada, although it is also quite common in Europe and Asia.
What is Lyme disease?
It is a type of infection caused by bites from infected ticks, with Deer ticks and Western black-legged ticks being the most common carriers in the U.S. At the onset of this infection, patients often exhibit flu-like symptoms, such as fever, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, a circular rash and even depression.
The disease can be easily treated, but can progress to something worse if ignored or left untreated for long. Once the infection is at the advanced stage, the heart and the nervous system are also likely to be affected. The progressive type of this condition can be really difficult to cure.
In order to get a good, basic understanding of what this disease is and become aware of the symptoms and the treatment, you can watch the video below:
The earlier the infection is diagnosed, the better the outcome for the patient. A person who has been bitten should immediately go to a doctor where he will be prescribed with antibiotics. At its earliest stage, antibiotics should be enough to end the infection. However, as mentioned earlier, if not addressed immediately, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and to the nervous system, creating a host of other complications that will likely require multi-pronged treatment methods.
When going to areas where these ticks are known to be present, people should dress appropriately by covering their bodies with proper clothing, such as pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and boots. If you own pets, it is also important to have them checked since they can have ticks in their fur that can bite any member of the household.
Those who have been bitten should never wait for the first symptom to occur before going to the doctor, not even to see whether they will experience joint pain. Lyme disease can be easily treated and for those who are keen on making sure that they do not get this problem, a recombinant vaccine specifically formulated for the condition is available.
There is a so-called chronic Lyme disease, which is used to categorize those conditions wherein the infection has been left untreated for long. In the most progressive stage of the condition, encephalomyelitis, arthritis and peripheral neuropathy often set in. This term is also used on patients who have had the infection in the past and had been treated at the early onset of the condition, but still experience symptoms even after taking antibiotics.
There is no confirmation yet as to how such things can happen, but continuous treatment will be the likely course that a doctor will recommend. In situations like this, addressing the resulting complications, like arthritis, may come hand in hand with the treatment of the actual infection.
For those who may be suffering from fever-like symptoms such as joint pain, Lyme disease antibiotics may be combined with nutritional supplements designed to alleviate pain in the joints, such as Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel Powder. It is necessary however, to ask the opinion of your doctor first if you are to use supplements along with the prescribed treatment.