Lyme affects each person differently.
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
- -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)
- -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
- -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 www.lymeneteurope.org/info/lyme-disease-symptoms)
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.
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