The infections under discussion can cause vasculitis or inflammation of the vascular system. One of the problems found in vasculitis is vascular leak or passage of blood circulatory fluid into tissues, resulting in edema or swelling of tissues with fluid.
These infections also affect the heart, causing endocarditis, myocarditis, valve problems, among other heart mechanical and electrical problems.
Skin rashes, redness, sunburn feeling, and other signs and symptoms are typical of certain intracellular bacterial skin infections. Lyme Borrelia b. can cause this as well as Mycoplasma species and Chlamydia pn. These infections can also cause endocarditis, myocarditis, heart valve problems and other heart abnormalities.
I want to add when I had vaginal surgery this summer, EKG report said borderline abnormal EKG. Sent to cardiologist for consult; he did not feel it was that abnormal, but that I could do a heart MRI to see if lyme has infiltrated the heart. At that time I declined since he wasn't very concerned; now I wonder if it might be related to leg swelling (calves and thighs).
Knowing lyme, what is your advice?
Thank you. I will request retesting of the infections you have mentioned, and others that I have not been tested for.