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Posted by Samlyme (Member # 43732) on :
I'm really curious to find out more about cognitive impairments associated with mycoplasma pneumonia infections.

Someone on FB told me they had it and it entailed something like an inability to take perspective or something like that. Among some other deficits.

And someone else chimed in and said they thought it could be cyclical or seasonal.

I haven't found many firsthand accounts of this. Anyone have any experience with this?

[ 02-01-2015, 06:58 PM: Message edited by: Samlyme ]
Posted by SacredHeart (Member # 44733) on :
I really don't know much about it, but I would like to know more too. I have a mycoplasma infection. My doc told me about ninety-five percent of those with lyme also have mycoplasma that he sees.
Posted by Samlyme (Member # 43732) on :
I guess when you also have lyme it would seem impossible to tease apart the symptoms of each illness...
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :
When multiple infections make it hard to figure out what's doing what, look at the common features. Of course, directly target the infections that are clear, with a good LLMD &/or LL ND but the support is just as essential.

Most chronic stealth infections cause inflammation via various mechanisms. Addressing that is a good place to begin with any support plan. Antioxidants, diet, etc.

Inflammation most definitely derails cognitive abilities. And so can a cytokine storm.

Most chronic stealth infections also create a cytokine response which can often be at the "storm" level. Liver & Kidney support (which also serves as herxheimer support) can be key in minimize the cytokine storm - and help manage inflammation and some other damaging effects of chronic infections.

Also be aware that infections, alone, can trigger a cytokine storm. This is a major and sometimes very fast response (which can so fast as to be life-threatening) for some acute flu viruses or staph infections.

And the use of acetaminophen can make that so much worse as it blocks the body's ability to respond properly to a cytokine reaction or storm. More about that in the liver support thread.;f=3;t=030792;p=0

LIVER & KIDNEY SUPPORT & and several HERXHEIMER support links, too.;f=3;t=031228;p=0

STINGING NETTLE LEAF (not root) - Links set

The herb, STINGING NETTLE may serve to compensate for the reaction by calming the the cytokine storm that is often part of a herx reaction.
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :
Each issue below affects cognitive abilities, too.
Mitochondria (the tiny energy center of each cell) damage is also very common to various chronic stealth infections.

Ditto for damage to myelin (the protective fat layer around nerve cells).

And, the adrenal system nearly always takes a huge hit & must also receive specific attention.

For those aspects, there are various nutrient approaches that can help along the way while directly targeting specific infections. Most LLMDs and LL NDs are well aware of all this.
Posted by Samlyme (Member # 43732) on :
I suppose it doesn't necessarily have to be an infection in your brain that disrupst cognition.

My boss had a heart attack a few years ago, it was supposedly mild enough, he definitely came back to work too soon though.

I was surprised to see him trailing off mid sentence, completely losing his thought. I've had periods where I've done that with lyme.

Who knows what medication he was on I guess but he definitely had some cognitive deficits after a mild heart attack. Though they cleared up after a week or two.

I think I had a severe case of mycoplasma pneumonia as a teenager. I never got treatment for it. I definitely had some hazy periods that would come and go back then.

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