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Symptoms Checklist

Lyme affects each person differently.

vlcsnap-2010-12-01-11h04m21s8The various symptoms  can occur in any combination. You could  have one symptom  or many, but nobody  experiences every one.  

Just one or several symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean  you have Lyme disease.

 Remember, Lyme is a clinical diagnosis  based on a study of the signs and symptoms of the disease; without basing determination on  laboratory findings only.

Serological testing is NOT reliable for this disease.

Here are some of the most common symptoms experienced:

  • -Persistent swollen glands, Sore throat.
  • -Unexplained rashes on various parts of the body
  • -Fevers
  • -Sore soles, especially in the morning.
  • -Joint pain
  • -Joint swelling
  • -Unexplained back pain
  • -Stiffness of the joints or back
  • -Stiffness in the neck
  • -Muscle pain or cramps
  • -Obvious muscle weakness
  • -Twitching of the face or other muscles
  • -Confusion, difficulty thinking
  • -Difficulty with concentration, reading, problem absorbing new information
  • -Word search, name block
  • -Forgetfulness, poor short term memory, poor attention
  • -Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
  • -Speech errors- wrong word, misspeaking
  • -Mood swings, irritability, depression
  • -Anxiety, panic attacks
  • -Psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, bipolar)
  • -Tremor
  • -Seizures
  • -Headache
  • -Light sensitivity
  • -Sound sensitivity
  • -Vision: double, blurry, floaters
  • -Ear pain
  • -Hearing: buzzing, ringing, decreased hearing
  • -Increased motion sickness, vertigo, spinning
  • -Off balance, “tippy” feeling
  • -Lightheadedness, wooziness, unavoidable need to sit or lie
  • -Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains, skin -hypersensitivity
  • -Facial paralysis-Bell’s Palsy
  • -Dental pain
  • -Neck creaks and cracks, stiffness, neck pain
  • -Fatigue, tired, poor stamina
  • -Insomnia, fractionated sleep, early awakening
  • -Excessive night time sleep
  • -Napping during the day
  • -Unexplained weight gain
  • -Unexplained weight loss
  • -Unexplained hair loss
  • -Pain in genital area
  • -Unexplained menstrual irregularity
  • -Unexplained milk production; breast pain
  • -Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
  • -Erectile dysfunction
  • -Loss of libido
  • -Queasy stomach or nausea
  • -Heartburn, stomach pain
  • -Constipation
  • -Diarrhea
  • -Low abdominal pain, cramps
  • -Heart murmur or valve prolapse?
  • -Heart palpitations or skips
  • -“Heart block” on EKG
  • -Chest wall pain or ribs sore
  • -Head congestion
  • -Breathlessness, “air hunger”, unexplained chronic cough
  • -Night sweats
  • -Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
  • -Symptom flares every 4 wks

(Information from

If you suspect you have Lyme disease, locate a Lyme Literate doctor immediately!  Go to the ‘Links’ section of this site and it will tell you how to find a Lyme Literate doctor near you.

We are not experts.   We share experiences and knowledge we’ve learned from others through public and private networks. Information contained in this site is for information and research purposes only.  Always consult a medical professional, unless you are a researcher or health care provider.  You have a choice in treatment options.  We do not give direction on medical advice. 

Comments on: "Symptoms Checklist" (4)

  1. Hi everyone, it’s my first visit at this web site, and post is really fruitful for me, keep up posting such articles.

  2. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick. Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975, after researchers investigated why unusually large numbers of children were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

  3. For years my wife had almost every one of the symptoms that I read on your site she finally got help with the VA she is a veteran and it turns out she had Lyme disease on top of other stress in her life November 2016 was the last time that I saw her for some months, because of the treatment she got at the VA she is getting better she now has chubby cheeks again and that makes me smile. I am taking on Lyme disease any way that I can help please let me know where the rallies are and if I can be there I will be there!

    • Absolutely!!! There is a rally in Washington DC on May 6th, 2017. 1:PM at the White House, probably Lafayette Park, but not sure exactly where yet. Let me give you a link to the website!
      Mayday 2017
      Saturday, May 6, 2017 1PM – 4PM EST

      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20500

      Mayday 2017
      Saturday, May 6, 2017 1PM – 4PM EST

      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20500

      The Mayday Project is sponsoring a protest in front of The White House. We are calling on all Lyme Victims to join us and appeal to President Donald Trump to call for an immediate Congressional Hearing of the CDC in regards to their handling of Lyme Disease. For too long the CDC has given preferential treatment to the IDSA, following their antiquated, falsified guidelines for Lyme Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

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