You suddenly can’t multitask
Lyme disease can cause cognitive issues that make it hard to concentrate on more than one task. “Oftentimes people can attend to multiple things at one time even with background noise; it doesn’t distract them because they can focus,” says Kenneth Liegner, MD, internist in Pawling, New York, and author of In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme Disease: Collected Writings & Associated Materials. But for people with Lyme disease, sensory overload might make it hard to multitask. Learn more about what it’s really like to live with Lyme disease.
You’re abnormally forgetful
Age might not be to blame for your sudden forgetfulness. People with Lyme disease could experience short-term memory loss, making it hard to remember what other people said, where they put things, and when they made appointments, says Judith Leventhal, PhD, psychologist. “People who were avid readers have difficulty reading because they’re unable to retain what they read … even within the same page,” Liegner says. Find out which states are most dangerous for Lyme disease.