Lyme Disease Signs and Symptoms

No wonder Lyme Disease is often called “The Great Imitator.” Check this out…

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

– copied from The Townsend Letter website: http://www.townsendletter.com/Jan2005/lyme0105.htm

The first recognizable symptom following a tick bite is the development of a rash at the site within 7 to 10 days. The rash expands with an area of central clearing. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever and/or headache. The rash and early symptoms clear within 3 to 4 weeks. Multiple secondary rashes may occur following this time period. Bouts of arthritis, usually involving large joints, especially the knee, are very common. Arthritis attacks usually resolve within 3 to 4 years with or without treatment.

Early neurological complications include Bell’s palsy, meningitis and encephalitis. Sub-acute symptoms may include cognitive deficits, mood and sleep disturbances, persisting for more than 10 years. One of the most common symptoms is intense fatigue. Additional symptoms may include memory loss, poor coordination, slurred speech, poor concentration, unusual depression, burning, stabbing pain, tremors, anxiety, swollen glands and tinnitus.

Some Lyme Disease Signs and Symptoms

  1. Intense Fatigue
  2. Memory Loss
  3. Burning/Stabbing Pain
  4. Tremors
  5. Joint Pain/Swelling/Stiffness
  6. Shortness of Breath
  7. Poor Coordination
  8. Anxiety
  9. Slurred Speech
  10. Swollen Glands
  11. Chills and/or Fever
  12. Nausea/Vomiting
  13. Rash
  14. Muscle Cramps
  15. Sudden Mood Swings
  16. Headaches/Migraines
  17. Poor Concentration
  18. Light Sensitivity
  19. Unusual Depression
  20. Tinnitus

Most Common Diseases Associated with Lyme

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  3. ALS
  4. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  5. Bell’s Palsy
  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  7. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  8. Scleroderma
  9. Fibromyalgia
  10. Syphilis
  11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  12. Multiple Sclerosis
  13. Lupus
  14. Parkinson’s Disease
  15. Depression
  16. Autoimmune Disorders
  17. Middle Ear Pressure
  18. Tinnitus
  19. Vertigo
  20. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ack! No wonder this disease is so hard to diagnose. Over the last 14 years I have had a number of the symptoms listed above. I started thinking I was crazy. But I wasn’t.

Two words of advice for anyone else suffering from multiple symptoms such as these: get tested. And be sure to get tested by a doc who knows Lyme Disease well.

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