Lyme Brain: Is Damage Temporary or Permanent?

This is the million dollar question for those suffering from Lyme Brain: is damage temporary or permanent? The experience of having brain fog, memory loss, difficulty finding words and putting sentences together can be terrifying, frustrating and demoralizing all at once. In keeping with our series of excerpts from my upcoming book, Lyme Brain, I will post today on this exact topic. In fact, each Wednesday from now until the book is published in a couple of months, I’ll continue to share snippets with you! Don’t forget to sign up at to be notified when the book is released.

Lyme Brain: Is Damage Temporary or Permanent?

This is the question on everyone’s mind. Of course, when you’re experiencing memory loss, you can’t focus well enough to continue working at your job. You can’t read a full page of a book without having to take breaks, and your mind generally doesn’t function well enough to carry out what you need to do in your life. The terrifying part is not knowing whether it’s going to last forever or if, indeed, there is hope of recovery. That is very natural and understandable.

I have some bad news, but I have much good news as well.

Yes, there are some cases where there appears to be permanent damage. When the brain has been under toxic and infectious assault for many years unchecked, there may be some permanent damage. Some people find that they never get back to the full capacity of their mind as they knew it previously or there may be a residual psychoemotional impact. This may be due to the effects of long-term inflammation such as tissue damage, hypoperfusion (low blood supply) leading to low oxygenation and tissue injury, impacts of toxic insults (including such things as heavy metals) and residual infections such as Candida and viruses that may impact the brain even beyond Lyme treatment. It is hard to say to what extent ongoing brain symptoms are due to actual irreversible damage, versus the chronicity of Lyme infection itself, or ongoing cofactors such as Candida, mold and other toxins.

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