Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Head, Face, Neck

Lyme Disease is known as "The Great Imitator".  It's list of symptoms of symptoms is long and varies and it can present differently in different individuals.


It can mimic such illnesses as ALS, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Encephalitis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus ... just to name a few.

- Mood swings, irritability, bipolar disorder

- Unusual depression

- Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)

- Feeling as if you are losing your mind

- Over-emotional reactions, crying easily

- Too much sleep, or insomnia

- Difficulty falling or staying asleep

- Narcolepsy, sleep apnoea

- Panic attacks, anxiety

- Obsessive-compulsive traits 

Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

-Double or blurry vision
-Increased floaters
-Pain in the eyes, or swelling around the eyes
-Hypersensitivity to light
-Flashing lights
-Phantom images in the periphery of vision.

- Diarrhea
- Constipation
- Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping
- Interstitial cystitis
- Upset stomach (nausea or pain)
- GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease

- Shortness of Breath
- Air hunger - cannot get full/satisfying breath
- Chronic cough
- Chest pain or rib soreness
- Night sweats or unexplained chills
- Heart palpitations or extra beats
- Endocarditis
- Heart blockage

Digestive and Excretory Systems

- Tremors or unexplained shaking
- Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
- Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
- Pressure in the head
- Numbness in the body, tingling, pinpricks
- Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
- Increased motion sickness
- Light-headedness, wooziness

- Memory loss (short or long term)

- Confusion, difficulty in thinking

- Difficulty with concentration or reading

- Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)

- Word finding difficulty

- Stammering speech

- Forgetting how to perform simple tasks

Cognitive

Psychological/Psychiatric

Ears/Hearing

Eyes/Vision

General Well-being

Reproduction and Sexuality

- Loss of sex drive

- Sexual dysfunction

- Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity

- Unexplained breast pain, discharge

Testicular or pelvic pain

- Vulvodynia

- Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal  tunnel syndrome
- Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
- Muscle pain or cramps
- Fibromyalgia
- Tendonitis

Musculoskeletal System

- Phantom smells

- Unexplained weight loss or gain

- Extreme fatigue

- Swollen glands/lymph nodes

- Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)

- Continual infections (sinus, kidney, etc)

- Symptoms seem to change, come and go)

- Pain migrates (move) to different body parts

- Early on, experienced a "flu-like" illness, from which you have not fully recovered

- Low body temperature

- Allergies/chemical sensitivities

- Increased effect from alcohol and possibly more intense hangovers

Skin
- Rash at the site of the bite
- Rash on other parts of the body
- Raised rash, disappearing and recurring
- Stretch marks that may be red or purple
- Scratches on the skin (like cat scratches)
- Lumps (nodules) under the skin

- Unexplained hair loss
- Headaches, mild or severe
- Seizures
- Pressure in head, white matter lesions in brain (MRI)
- Twitching of facial or other muscles
- Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
- Tingling of the nose, tongue, or cheek
- Facial flushing
- Stiff or painful neck
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Dental problems (unexplained), tooth pain
- Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm, hoarseness, runny nose
- Difficulty swallowing, feeling as if something is stuck in the throat

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Neurological System

- Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
- Buzzing in the ears
- Pain in the ears, oversensitivity to sounds
- Ringing in one or both ears