Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness, often referred to as “The Great Imitator” because of its vast list of non-specific symptoms. Initial Lyme disease infection can present similarly to flu, and late-stage symptoms can be similar to arthritis. Because of this, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as other conditions. And since treatment for Lyme disease needs to occur quickly to rid the body of the borrelia bacteria, these issues with diagnosis can make it much more difficult to get proper treatment and fully recover from the disease.
One example of a health condition that can be mistaken for Lyme disease (or vice versa) is Sjögren’s syndrome. But what is Sjögren’s syndrome, how does it affect the body, and how can Lyme disease be misdiagnosed as Sjögren’s? Read on to learn more. (See link for article)
- Primary Sjogren’s has an unknown reason or cause, whereas secondary Sjogren’s accompanies other autoimmune disorders.
- Genetics, hormones, viruses, and environmental factors all can play a role in autoimmune disorders.
- The most common symptoms of Sjogren’s are dry mouth and eyes but muscle and joint pain can often be experienced. Patients can also have burning, red eyes with a feeling of grittiness, blurry vision, abnormal taste, difficulty swallowing, talking and chewing, persistent dry cough, dry & itchy skin, fatigue, enlarged salivary glands, tooth loss & decay, and vaginal dryness.
- It’s possible that Lyme can mimic Sjogren’s, making misdiagnosis also possible.
- A case study demonstrated that untreated Lyme caused a person to develop Sjogren’s. Other bacterial infections could have the same effect.
- The case report also reveals Lyme disease’s ability to cause more damage than previously thought. Doctors should consider Lyme/MSIDS for ALL autoimmune diseases.