Symptoms

Stage 1

Early localized infection (The first month)

Some people will never have any symptoms in this stage.

 

Bull’s eye rash (erythema migrans) The rash is usually circular and has a fading spot in the center. Less then half the people infected will develop a rash.

Flu like symptoms

Lack of energy

Lyme Rash
Bull's Eye Rash

Fatigue

Headache

Muscle and joint pain

Stiff neck

Swollen lymph nodes

 If Lyme disease is not detected and treated while early symptoms are present, the infection may disseminate and affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and heart.

Stage 2

Early disseminated infection (1 to 4 months)

Extreme fatigue

Rashes

Migrating pain

Weakness and/or numbness in the arms or legs.

Twitching muscles

Severe and recurring headaches

Fainting or vaso vagal attacks

Poor memory and concentration problems

Irritability

Vision problem

Internal buzzing feeling

Heart palpitations

Panic Attacks

Mood disorders

 

Stage 3

Late Persistent Infection

 

Swelling and pain in the joints

Numbness and tingling in the extremities

Severe fatigue

Insomnia

Bells Palsy (partial paralysis of the face)

Getting lost in common places

Problems speaking, word retrieval problems, word block

Migrating pain and symptoms

Heart damage, pericarditis

Meningitis

Depression

Panic Attacks

Bladder problems

Tinnitus, ear ringing or feeling of fullness

Poor balance

Shortness of breath

Rib and sternum soreness

Fevers/sweats

Vertigo

Upset stomach and GI problems

Burning and stabbing pains

 

This is just a generalized short list of symptoms. Lyme disease can cause almost any symptom because it is a multi systemic disease. It can travel anywhere including your central nervous system (spine and brain). One of the common complaints of patients with Lyme Disease is that the symptoms come and go and change locations frequently. This is called migrating symptoms. You can take a group of several people infected with Lyme, and all might be experiencing different symptoms. The time frames of each stage are generalized also. Each patient moves through these stages at different timing. One person may not show symptoms for several months while another may get stage three symptoms rather quickly. It all depends on strains, co-infections, and your own immune system.


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