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Don’t Medically Abandon People With Neurological Lyme

LYME SCI: Don’t medically abandon people with neurological Lyme

By Lonnie Marcum

Mom Dealing With PANS & Lyme: “2020 is NOT My Worst Year”

From a mom dealing with PANS and Lyme: “2020 is NOT my worst year”

Brain Fog in COVID-19 & Lyme Disease Patients


man with COVID-19 and brain fog

COVID-19 patients report having brain fog, as do patients with Lyme disease. Brain fog can be a common symptom following an infection, Marie Grill, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic tells Wired magazine. There are several theories regarding the cause of brain fog, including immune dysfunction, a reaction to a cocktail of medications, changes in blood flow to the brain, and post-traumatic stress.

Lyme disease patients often describe suffering from brain fog. So do COVID-19 patients. Sara Harrison wrote about COVID-19 brain fog in the online journal Wired.

What are examples of COVID-19 brain fog?

Dr. Aluko Hope from Montefiore Hospital in New York City described what he has learned from listening to COVID-19 patients. “About a third of his patients say they can’t recall telephone numbers they used to know, or that they struggle to remember the right word, feeling like it’s on the tip of their tongue but just out of reach. They can’t remember where their keys are, what basic traffic rules are.”

Dr. Adam Kaplan, a neuropsychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University, adds “This mental fuzziness, often referred to as ‘brain fog,’ has become one of a number of reported COVID-19 recovery symptoms.”

“They say their brains work more slowly,” explains Kaplan. “They can’t pick up information in conversation as easily as they used to, and they struggle with short-term memory: They’ll walk to the kitchen, for instance, and forget what they were looking for. Multitasking is impossible. It takes them longer to get things done, and they often feel confused and overwhelmed. Some patients struggle to return to work or to school.”

What are the causes of COVID-19 brain fog?

The causes of brain fog in COVID-19 have yet to be identified. But scientists believe contributing factors may include nerve damage, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, changes in blood flow to the brain, or effects from a cocktail of drugs used to sedate patients while ventilated. However, brain fog occurs in patients who have not been hospitalized.

Another explanation focuses on the body’s immune response to the virus. “Something about that activation of the immune system is potentially causing worse cognitive function,” says Joanna Hellmuth, a neurologist at the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. “It might be that prolonged immune activation after COVID is creating these cognitive changes.”

Brain fog often follows infections

“We do have experience with this,” says Marie Grill, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, as she points out that brain fog often follows other infections like Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr (better known as “mono”), and other types of herpes viruses. “A lot of us are not surprised at all to be encountering this, because we have seen it so many times.”

What is the future for individuals with COVID-19 brain fog?

”Scientists don’t know how long these cognitive changes will last in COVID-19 patients, nor if they will have a lasting effect on brain function,” says Hellmuth.

How can doctors tell the difference between COVID-19 fog and Lyme fog?

The article in Wired did not address this all-important question.

Overcoming NeuroLyme Live Webinar: Dec. 15, 8pm EST


Watch December 15th, 8pm EST

Chronic Lyme disease can manifest in seemingly endless ways. But neurological symptoms such as brain fog, limb pain, muscle weakness, anxiety, and more can feel especially debilitating, and they’re notoriously difficult to diagnose and overcome.

Why are some people more likely to experience neurological Lyme disease — and what can you do to feel better?

Join a live webinar with Dr. Bill Rawls, author of the best-selling book Unlocking Lyme, who knows firsthand what it’s like to live with chronic Lyme disease and neurological symptoms.

He’ll demystify neurological Lyme and share effective ways to restore your health and get much-needed symptom relief.

PLUS: Don’t miss an exclusive gift for webinar attendees, and have your questions ready for a LIVE Q&A on neurological Lyme disease with Dr. Rawls.

 In this webinar, Dr. Rawls will discuss:
  • Why neurological symptoms such as nerve and limb pain, headache, brain fog, memory loss, and more are so prevalent among Lyme patients
  • What causes neurological symptoms to become chronic and predominant in some people (but not others)
  • What your gut and common Lyme coinfections have to do with it
  • Why go-to and conventional treatments typically don’t work, and the six essential steps to effective recovery
  • The best therapies for easing symptoms and restoring health at the root cause
  • Numerous insights during the live Q&A with Dr. Rawls


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Japan: More Oct. Suicides Than COVID-19 Deaths. Mental Health ER Teen Visits Up 31%. Nearly 40% of Young Adults Thinking About Suicide

Japan had more suicides in October than all of the COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic

Is the cure more harmful than the disease?

The CDC data found mental health-related emergency room visits increased 31 percent for children between the ages of 12 and 17 from March to October compared to the same period in 2019. There was also a 24 percent increase in emergency room visits for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The increase comes as in-person school schedules have been dramatically reduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, limiting children’s interactions with peers and teachers. In addition, sports and extracurricular activities have been limited or canceled — conditions that could isolate children at home and causing anxiety, depression, lack of sleep and bad eating habits. (See link for article)

More Young Adults Are Thinking About Suicide and Death, National Survey Finds

Newswise — Over a third (37%) of young Americans 18-24 report having thoughts of death and suicide and close to half (47%) show at least moderate symptoms of depression, according to a new nationwide survey by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Northeastern, Harvard and Northwestern universities.

Researchers say this is about ten times the rate observed in the general population prior to COVID-19.

The survey was published by The COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States.  (See link for article)