What are the Symptoms and stages ?
With symptoms present a negative lab results mean very little as they are very unreliable, many Lyme patients are diagnosed with other illnesses espescially in the late persistant stage such as:
There are many other various illnesses and if you have been diagnosed with any or more of the above and you see if the Lyme symptoms below meet your symptoms then please seek out a LLMD (Lyme Literate Doctor).
You may go through periods of remission your symptoms may change and have varying degrees of severity..
Answer yes to 20 or more of the Lyme symptoms should be told to your Doctor or LLMD and research for yourself.
A bulls eye rash but sometimes there is no rash, less than half develop a rash and majority do not even remember being bitten.
The bulls eye rash is usually circular and has a fading spot in the centre.
Some do not develop any symptoms at this stage.
Swollen Lymph nodes
Flu like symptoms
NB* One does not always get a bulls eye rash with the European Tick and a rash can develop anywhere on the body away from the bite, a rash may keep on reappearing on diffrent parts of the body as the infection develops.
If Lyme is not detected while early symptoms are present the infection can then affect the skin, joints, organs and nervous system.
Migrating pain (pain that changes locations and comes and goes)
Poor memory and concentration problems
Irritability Vision problem
Internal buzzing feeling
Weakness and/or numbness in the arms or legs.
Severe and recurring headaches
Fainting or vaso vagal attacks
Chronic Lyme or Late Persistent Infection
Swelling and pain in the joints
Bells Palsy (partial paralysis of the face)
Getting lost in familiar places
Word retrieval problems,
Migrating pain and symptoms
Tinnitus, ear ringing or feeling of fullnessPoor balance
Shortness of breath/Can't get enough air into lungs
Rib and sternum soreness
Upset stomach and GI problems
Burning and stabbing pains
Unexplained hair loss
Pressure in head, white matter lesions in brain (MRI)
Twitching of facial or other muscles
Dental problems (unexplained)
Jaw pain or stiffness
Sore throat /hoarseness/ loss of swallow
Tingling of nose/tip of tongue
Floaters in eyes
Phantom images in corners of eyes/flashing lights
Oversensitivity to light
Buzzing in ears/decreased hearing
Pain in ears
Oversensitivity to sounds
Irritable Bladder (cystitis)
Upset stomach nausea/pain/reflux problems
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pain in bones
Chest pains/heart palpitations/extra beats/heart blockage
Night sweats/night chills
Tremors unexplained shaking
Increased motion sickness
Pins and needles
Problems with menstruation/irregularity/Menstrual pain
Over emotional crying easily/Anger/Rage/Depression
Stammering/Slurred speech/slow speech
Difficulty with Concentration or reading
Forgetting how to perform simple tasks
Difficulty in thinking
Memory loss short term or long term.
Loss of sex drive
Unexplained breast pain/discharge
Testicular or pelvic pain
Low body temperature
Increased affect from alcohol worse hangover
All symptoms seem to come and go.
Unusual sleep problems/sleep apnoea/too much sleep/ Insomnia/broken sleep
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Loss of appetite
Increased weight gain/weight loss
Even the majority of spinal taps reveal normal spinal fluid Full evaluation at labs that specialize in TBD can be very helpful although negative results do not mean absence of disease. Laboratory testing can be very difficult as many patients are serologically negative for antibodies.
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