Pain In My Tooth Is It Lyme Disease

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Deer Tick According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) about 70 percent of patients with Lyme disease had migrating tooth pain; and 35 percent of this group had unnecessary oral surgery like root canals and tooth extractions when there was no existence of dental or periodontal disease.

Lyme disease is a tickborne infection (TBI). It has been traditionally associated with the deer (Ixodes scapularis) and black legged (Ixodes pacificus) ticks infected with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium. When ticks feed upon animals infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium they become infected. They in turn transmit the bacteria to humans and other non-infected animals as they feed upon them for blood. Because the Lyme disease bacteria have been found in blood concerns have been raised about the likelihood of contracting Lyme disease through blood transfusion. Under current regulations those testing positive cannot be blood donors.

 

Lyme disease can be difficult to detect because it can mimic the symptoms of a vast number of disorders. It is often called the great pretender or mimic. Tests designed to detect the disease often come up a false positive or do not detect it at all.

 

The longer you wait the more difficult it is to treat and detect. The key is early detection. Symptoms can include:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Fibromyalgia or myalgia
  • Neck stiffness
  • Swollen glands
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bells Palsy
  • Diseases of the Neurological system stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, coma, dementia
  • Respiratory system
  • Facial muscle spasm
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the teeth
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) causing pain in the jaw joint area and earaches
  • Arthralgias
  • Hearing loss
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Encephalitis
  • Aseptic meningitis
  • Crawling sensations
  • Burning sensations
  • Pains in the ribs and chest

Early Symptoms Of Lyme Disease

In the early stages symptoms may not always be present.

In order for infection to occur a tick must attached itself to the host for at least 24 hours before Lyme Disease can be transmitted. It can take 3 days or up to a month before tickborne infection (TBI) symptoms appear.

  • Fever
  • Red rash that extends outward from the bite having the appearance of a bull’s-eye
  • Flue like symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Headache
  • Feeling lethargic (tired)
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sore throat

Course Of Treatment

The main course of treatment for early stage Lyme Disease is from 10 to about 30 days with antibiotics.

  • Doxycycline
  • Amoxicillin
  • Cefotaxime
  • Penicillin
  • Tetracycline

Borrelia Burgdorferi Lyme disease can not only be a difficult to detect but to treat.

There has been a long standing controversy among doctors as to how long antibiotics should be administered. Some experts feel that current recommendations may not be sufficient to prevent recurrence in some patients. There have been cases where antibiotic treatment has been continued for as long as 2.5 years.

Those who suffer with chronic Lyme Disease may find themselves in a vicious cycle where treatment becomes long-term or repeated multiple times.

Preventing Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease bulls-eye rash To avoid tickborne disease (TBD) cover up all exposed skin when in grassy or wooded areas. Check your pet. Take a shower with a washcloth to remove loosely attach ticks. Wear a hat. Put on long pants and then tuck them into socks. It is best to wear light colored clothing to easily detect any ticks. Bug repellent containing Deet can be sprayed directly on the skin for protection. Permethrin can be sprayed on clothing. Consult with your pediatrician before using any repellents on or around children.

Manual Tick Removal

Using a fine pointed or tick tweezer, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible; pull up and straight out with an even steady pressure. Do not squeeze, jerk, twist or mash the tick to avoid release of infectious bacteria into the skin.

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