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Kris Kristofferson’s “Dementia” Turned out to Be Something Completely Different…

Actor and songwriter, Kris Kristofferson, 79, was given a misdiagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease. 

Lyme disease occurs from a tick infected with the bacterium (Borelia burgdorferi) responsible for the disease, bites. Symptoms of the condition are fatigue, headache, fever and a skin rash named erythema migrans. When this is left untreated, the infection spreads to the nervous system, heart and joints. 

Kristofferson’s doctor was sure what was going on with him, and misdiagnosed him with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It all changed when someone was tested and it came back positive. His wife recalls him taking medications he didn’t even need, and all the side effects he would endure through. When he underwent Lyme treatment, his condition improved and he was back to his own self. He has days where he needs rest, but mostly, he’s back. 

Lyme disease is transmitted by an infected black or deer tick. When a tick carries the infection, and bites you, and you leave it untreated, can cause many severe symptoms weeks or months on. Some don’t get a rash, but those who do, will see a “bulls-eye” appearance around the bite site.

While you may be unaware of the bite, over time symptoms can develop such as: 

  • Facial or Bell’s palsy
  • Muscle and joint pain that comes and goes
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat (Lyme carditis)
  • Dizziness or shortness of breath
  • Nerve pain
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Problems with short-term memory
  • And, even after months or years of infection, other cognitive problems can occur:
  • problems remembering names or words
  • slowed thinking
  • “brain fog”
  • difficulty following conversations
  • Severe headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Additional rashes on other parts of the body
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, often in the knees

The symptoms above are similar to dementia, which explains why the doctor would be confused. Many doctors pay little attention to their patients persistent symptoms and often claim it’s something else or ignore it. Its time to stop acting as if Lyme disease isn’t the major health threat of our time. The government has labeled it so. About 300,000 people a year are diagnosed with Lyme disease, according to statistics from the CDC. 

The medical establishment has been divided over how reliable current testing methods are and if it should be labeled as a lasting illness.

From the Next Avenue article:

The term ‘chronic Lyme disease’ (CLD) has been used to describe people with different illnesses. While the term is sometimes used to describe illness in patients with Lyme disease, in many occasions it has been used to describe symptoms in people who have no evidence of a current or past infection with [the Lyme bacterium].

The best way to prevent Lyme is to stay away from where ticks reside commonly.

Avoid wooded areas with high grass, lots of brush and leaves. When you go off trail (if you must) use bug repellent on exposed skin and clothes for protection. ALWAYS check yourself and your loved ones as soon as the hike is over.

Don’t forget that your pets can also bring them inside so make sure to protect them too. If you use homeopathic methods, lavender and geranium oil are also good, natural deterrents for ticks. Just remember to be on the lookout for ticks after camping, hiking or being in the backyard (if close to a wooded area).

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