Lyme Disease Symptoms

Do You Have Lyme Disease?

The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary greatly from person to person and generally affect more than one body system. The skin, joints, and nervous system are affected most often.

Lyme disease mimics the symptoms of over 350 diseases, including multiple sclerosis, lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Parkinson’s.

Acute symptoms are flu-like – fatigue, achy muscles or joints, fever, chills, stiff neck, swollen glands, and a headache.

Here is a complete list of possible symptoms of Lyme disease:

Brain and Central Nervous System: migraines, dizziness, brain fog, poor memory, poor sleep, lack of verbal fluency, confusion or disorientation, decreased ability to concentrate, facial nerve tics or paralysis, sore jaw, sinusitis, mood swings, difficulty chewing or swallowing, sore throat, hoarseness, muscle twitches, numbness and tingling, shooting pains, and lower back or neck pain. Lyme has also been found to mimic all the psychiatric disorders.

Muscles, joints, and bones: pains that come and go (with or without swelling), cramps, stiffness.

Circulation: too fast or two slow heart rate, irregular heartbeat (palpitations), inflammation of the heart muscle or arteries, and chest pain.

Breathing: sinusitis, difficulty breathing, and pneumonias.

Skin: rashes, itching, crawling sensations, benign cysts and nodules, and skin discoloration.

Eyes: pain, inflammation, blurred or double vision, retinal damage, floaters, flashing lights, light sensitivity, dry eye, and blindness.

Ears: itching, earache, buzzing, ringing, and sound sensitivity.

Digestive tract: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, mild liver function abnormalities, and spleen tenderness and enlargement.

Genitourinary tract: inflammation of the urethra and bladder, pelvic pain, testicular pain, and loss of sexual desire.

General: tiredness, lack of stamina, fever, vague discomfort, irritability, nervousness or anxiety, panic attacks, and weight loss or gain.

Chronic Lyme disease:

Most people chronically ill with Lyme have a combination of symptoms, compounded by the symptoms of other co-infections they may have. No two patients have exactly the same complaints.

Lately there has been a lot of speculation as to whether chronic Lyme disease exists.
Some have denied the existence of chronic disease, inferring that patients are suffering from psychiatric disorders. Some have used the term "chronic" to mean post-treatment disease ("post-Lyme"), assuming that the infection has been treated,
and the remaining symptoms are not related to Lyme disease, but some other mystery disease. WOW! Who is coming up with this crap?

These assertions are speculative and remain unproven. That chronic Lyme Disease actually exists, and is likely the most common form of the disease, is supported by epidemiologic studies demonstrating that 30-50% of treated and untreated patients go on to develop a multisymptom disorder. As with other multisymptom disorders, chronic Lyme Disease is a clinical syndrome consisting of fatigue, arthralgias and myalgias, other nervous system dysfunction, and some combination of the symptoms of Lyme disease.

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