Lyme Desease Symptoms

Musculoskeletal System
Joint pain or swelling
Joint stiffness, especially back or neck
Muscle pain or cramps
Creaking, cracking “joints”
Aches in palms and/or soles of feet
Spinal sensitivity
Shin splints
Foot pain (ankle, heel, plantar fasciitis)
Gait disturbance
Movement of pain or swelling to different “joints”
Fibromyalgia (generalized muscle pain)
Herniated disc
Bone pain
Hand stiffness
Cartilage erosion
In babies, low muscle tone

Neurologic System
Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis)
Burning or stabbing pains
Tremors or unexplained shaking
Numbness in body and/or extremities
Tingling sensations
Pinprick sensations
Weakness or partial paralysis
Pressure in the head
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
Increased motion sickness
Alternating warm/cool sensations at various locations
Constant low body temperature
Seizures, stroke symptoms
Abnormal blood flow in brain
Brain hemorrhage
Abnormal brain waves
Diminished reflexes
Restless legs

Mental Capability
Memory loss (short or long term)
Confusion difficulty in thinking
“Brain fog”
Declining performance in school
Forgetting how to perform simple tasks
Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
Drop in IQ
Dyslexia, word reversals
Stammering, stuttering speech
Going to the wrong place

Psychological well-being
Mood swings, irritability
Unusual depression
Panic-anxiety attacks
Overemotional reactions, crying easily
Aggression, rage
Too much sleep
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Ferocious nightmares
Obsessive-compulsive behavior
Suicidal thoughts
Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
Abnormalities of taste or smell
Depersonalization (losing touch with reality)
Low self-esteem
Bitterness, guilt, alienation
Bipolar disorder
Schizophrenia-like disorder

Head, Face, Neck
Stiff or painful neck
Twitching of facial or other muscles
Painful gums
Difficulty swallowing
Hoarseness and/or drippy nose
Painful teeth
Pressure in head
Cracks around sides of mouth
Sore throat
Unexplained hair loss
Scalp rash

Eyes, Vision
Double or blurry vision
Pain in eyes
Swelling around eyes
Light sensitivity
Pressure in eyes
Flashing lights
Tearing and/or dry eyes
Vision loss/Blindness

Decreased hearing in one or both ears
Buzzing, clicking, or ringing in ears (tinnitus)
Pain in ears
Sound sensitivity

Digestive and Excretory System
Abdominal pain
Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping)
Frequent urination
Upset stomach, vomiting
Gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux)

Respiratory/Circulatory System
Shortness of breath
Chest pain or rib soreness
Night sweats or unexplained chills
Heart palpitations or extra beats
Heart block, heart attack
Valve prolapse, murmurs
Elevated blood pressure
Frequent and easy bruising
Vasculitis (inflamed blood vessels)
Cough (non-productive)

Loss of sex drive
Sexual dysfunction
Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity
Unexplained breast pain, discharge
Testicular or pelvic pain

General Well-being
Extreme fatigue
Symptoms change, come and go
Pain moves to different body parts
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Unexplained sweating
Any type of rashes on the body and/or scalp
Swollen glands
Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
Continual infections (sinus, kidney, yeast, bladder, etc.)
Increased sensitivity to allergens
Exaggerated response to alcohol
Exaggerated response to sweets
Nodules under the skin
In babies, failure to thrive
In babies, delayed development

(list of symptoms from Pamphlet written by “Lyme & Associated Diseases” of the Brandywine Valley; copied from Parents Of Children With Lyme* (POCWL))

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