Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of Lyme disease, an illness that can be transmitted through ticks. In fact, one study found that 78% of children with the condition had headaches and a second study reported this symptom in 50% of adults.
Migraines and headaches are very common issues, and they are often attributed to issues like lack of sleep, allergies, weather changes, genetics, and stress. Many doctors will turn to medications or other common headache treatments to help patients find relief. However, these methods will always fall short when Lyme disease is the root cause of the issue.
Discovering the Full Picture: Symptoms of Lyme Disease
One way to deduct if there could be a bigger issue at hand than just chronic migraines or headaches is to take note of any other symptoms you are experiencing. If you have Lyme disease, you may notice several of these other signs:
- Flu-like symptoms (fever, dizziness, and muscle pain)
- Heart palpitations and chest pain
- Shortness of breath and light-headedness
- Mood swings
- Anxiety and depression
- Bull’s eye rash or widespread rashes
- Fatigue and sleep difficulties
- Brain fog
- Muscle and joint pain
- Neurological problems (balance and coordination issues, light sensitivity, and blurry vision)
It’s important to note that not everyone’s symptoms are the same. Your overall health and immune response can affect your body’s response.
Finding Relief: Getting Treatment for Your Headaches
If Lyme disease could be the cause of your headaches, treating your infection is often necessary to find relief and stop living in pain. A holistic doctor like Dr. Ridinger takes the time to examine all your symptoms and determine what could be contributing to your discomfort. From here, she’ll create an integrative treatment plan, which can include lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, antioxidant therapies, and more, to help you feel well again.Read More About Headaches and Migraines: A Common Symptom of Lyme Disease