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Lyme Disease Symptoms


Lyme Disease Symptoms

The symptoms of Lyme disease vary from person to person. Virtually every system of the body can be affected. Below is a partial list of symptoms someone might experience:

 1. Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
2. Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
3. Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
4. Unexplained hair loss
5. Swollen glands: list areas____
6. Sore throat
7. Testicular pain/pelvic pain
8. Unexplained menstrual irregularity
9. Unexplained milk production: breast pain
10.Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
11.Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
12.Upset stomach
13.Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
14.Chest pain or rib soreness
15.Shortness of breath, cough
16.Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
17.Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
18.Joint pain or swelling: list joints_____________
19.Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
20.Muscle pain or cramps
21.Twitching of the face or other muscles
23.Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
24.Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
25.Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
26.Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
27.Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
28.lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
29.Lightheadedness, wooziness
31.Confusion, difficulty in thinking
32.Diffculty with concentration, reading
33.Forgetfuiness, poor short term memory
34.Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
35.Difficulty with speech or writing
36.Mood swings, irritability, depression
37.Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
38.Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

Stages of Lyme Disease

There are three stages of Lyme disease. The duration of each varies from person to person. Lyme disease is truly an "individual" disease in the sense that it effects everyone differently. There is a complex interaction between the bacteria and the person's immune system that is not fully understood. This is only a partial list of the common symptoms of each stage of Lyme Disease.

Stage 1- Early Lyme:  fever, chills, swollen glands, possibly erythema migrans, headache, joint and muscle pain, fatique

Stage 2-Early Disseminated Lyme: neurological involvement including numbness/pain in arms and legs, paralysis of facial muscles (Bell's Palsy),  meningitis (severe head ache, fever, stiff neck), abnormal heart beat

Stage 3- Late or Chronic Lyme: chronic Lyme arthritis including bouts of swelling in joints (commonly the knee), further neurological involvement including loss of cognitive function (memory loss, word finding difficulty, confusion), sleep disturbance