Lyme Symptoms

The symptoms of Lyme:

General

  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue, lack of endurance
  • Unexplained weight gain/loss
  • Generalized, unprovoked pain
  • Migratory pain

Head, Face, Neck

  • Headache, mild or severe
  • Facial flushing
  • Pressure in head
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Dental problems/pain (unexplained)
  • Twitching of facial muscles
  • Stiff or painful neck
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy)
  • Sore throat, hoarseness
  • Tingling of nose, tongue, cheek

Eyes/Vision and Ears/Hearing

  • Double or blurry vision
  • Difficulty with night vision
  • Increased floating spots
  • Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
  • Oversensitivity to light
  • Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images
  • Change in color vision
  • Decreased hearing in one or both ears
  • Buzzing or ringing in one or both ears
  • Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
  • Auditory hallucinations

Gastrointestinal and Genito-urinary Systems

  • Upset stomach (nausea/pain)/ heartburn
  • Recurrent vomiting
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • History of irritable bowel disease
  • Irritable bladder or interstitial cystitis
  • Testicular or pelvic pain
  • Decreased libido
  • Unexplained menstrual irregularity
  • Unexplained milk production

Musculoskeletal System

  • Bone pain, joint pain or swelling
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stiffness of joints, back, neck
  • Frequent tendonitis, tennis elbow
  • Muscle pain or cramps, muscle spasms
  • Sore soles

Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

  • Shortness of breath, cough
  • Swelling of feet
  • Trouble breathing when lying down or need to prop self up with pillows
  • Chest pain or rib soreness
  • Peripheral vascular abnormalities
  • Rhythm disturbances- extra beats, slow heart rate, palpitations

Nervous System

  • Burning, stabbing, aching or shock sensations
  • Lightheadedness, fainting
  • Numbness, tingling, pinpricks
  • Increased motion sickness
  • Problems with peripheral nerves
  • Abnormalities of vision, hearing, smell, taste or touch
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle atrophy or partial paralysis
  • Muscle twitching
  • Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
  • Poor balance
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty walking, gait problems
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Sleep problems – excessive sleep, insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, unusual sleep behaviors

Cognitive

  • Memory loss (short or long term)
  • Confusion, difficulty in thinking
  • Difficulty with concentration or reading
  • Stammering speech
  • Word searching, misspeaking
  • Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
  • Going to the wrong place
  • Forgetting how to do simple tasks (examples: tying shoes, opening locks, operating home appliances)
  • History of dementia

Neuropsychiatric

  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Feeling as if you are losing your mind
  • Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
  • Depression
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Panic attacks, anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Psychosis
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One response to “Lyme Symptoms

  1. It’s so sad how so many problems could arise from 1 disease, and that so many patients end up with the wrong diagnosis and suffer throughout their lifetime because no one thought to check for Lyme…Thank you for posting such a great list of symptoms…Hopefully with more and more posts like this people will start to think to check for Lyme in the first place…

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