Lyme Disease Symptoms and Stages

lyme disease symptoms

The following symptoms were excerpted from Diagnostic Hints And Treatment Guidelines For Lyme And Other Tick Borne Illnesses, by Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., M.D. (Fifteenth Edition 2008).

Borrelia
(Borreliosis, neuroborreliosis; also known as Lyme Disease)
Spread primarily though the bite of infected ticks that live on a wide range of mammalian species; secondary human-to-human transmission through semen, breast milk, and possibly in utero.

Bladder dysfunction
Burning or stabbing sensations
Cardiac impairment
Change in bowel function
Chest pain
Confusion
Depression
Difficulty thinking
Difficulty with concentration and reading
Difficulty with speech, writing
Difficulty finding words; name blocking
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Disturbed sleep: too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy)
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Forgetfulness
Headache
Heart block
Heart murmur
Heart palpitations
Heart valve prolapse
Increased motion sickness
Irritability
Irritable bladder
Joint pain or swelling
Lightheadedness
Mood swings
Muscle pain or cramps
Neck creaks & cracks
Neck stiffness, pain
Numbness
Pelvic pain
Poor attention
Poor balance
Poor short-term memory
Problem absorbing new information
Pulse skips
Rib soreness
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Shooting pains
Shortness of breath; cough
Skin hypersensitivity
Sore throat
Stiffness of the joints or back
Swollen glands
Testicular pain
Tingling
Tremor
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Unavoidable need to sit or lay down
Unexplained breast pain
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills or flushing
Unexplained hair loss
Unexplained menstrual irregularity’
Unexplained milk production
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Upset Stomach or abdominal pain
Vertigo
Wooziness

Some People get a Bull’s Eye Rash but many don’t.

Erythema Migrans

Stages of Lyme

Stage 1

Early localized infection (The first month)  

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.Note: Some people will never have any symptoms in this stage.
Flu like symptoms (Usually the first symptoms)
Fever
Headache
Stiff neck
Muscle and joint pain S
Swollen lymph nodes
Fatigue

Stage 2

Early disseminated infection (1 to 4 months)

If Lyme disease is not detected and treated while early symptoms are present, the infection may disseminate and affect the skin, joints, organs, nervous system, and heart.
Extreme fatigue
Rashes
Migrating pain (pain that changes locations and comes and goes)
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 disseminated Lyme  

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 familiar 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.  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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