the stages of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease Symptoms and Stages

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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 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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5 thoughts on “Lyme Disease Symptoms and Stages”

  1. Does Lyme Disease cause disfigurement of the fingers and real loss of muscle mass severe pain in the arms and shoulders? I got a Deer Tick in my ear unaware until it got so painful it bled in the ER I was referred to an Ear Specialist I had no idea it was a Deer Tick it was really painful and several trips with medication to be removed. That was in the 1980’s in the past 9 months I have almost all the symptoms that is stated but I haven’t seen any about the disfigurement of the . None about loosing all body mass in the arm shoulders? Have you

  2. ANY HERBAL OR HOLISTIC THING ABLE TO HELP THESE SYMPTONS. I BELIEVE IN POWER OF PRAYER AND MIRACLES HAPPENING IN JESUS NAME. HE WAS BEST DOCTOR OF THEM ALL WHE HE WALKED ON EARTH REMEMBER WOMAN WITH BLOOD ISSUE SPENT ALL HER MONEY ON DOCTORS TO BE HEALED AND NO HEALING. SHE HEARD OF JESUS AND SAID IF SHE COULD JUST TOUCH THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT SHE KNEW SHE WOULD BE HEALED. SHE WENT TO MEET HIM, HE HAD MANY FOLLOWING HIM. SHE GOT UP CLOSE TO TOUCH HIS HEM AND RIGHT AWAY THE ISSUE WAS CURED. JESUS KNEW HE WAS TOUCHED IN HIS SPIRIT AND HE SAID WHO TOUCHED ME AND HIS DISCIPLES SAID WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHO TOUCHED YOU LOOK AT ALL THESE PEOPLE AROUND YOU. BUT JESUS SPOKE AND SAID HE WAS TOUCHED AND THE WOMAN BOWED AND SAID IT WAS HER AND HE SAID TO HER YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WHOLE. FAITH, PRAYER AND POWER OF HIS BLOOD IN PRAYER MAY DO WONDERS. ALSO I BELIEVE IN HERBALS AND OILS LIKE FRANKINCENSE, THEIVES, MYRH ANDGOLD. THESE WERE GIFTS GIVEN TO JESUS AT HIS BIRTH FOR HEALING OF NATIONS.

  3. I have all the symptoms above except for rashes and paralysis of the face, is lyme disease a disease you can spread. The doctors just found out through blood work that my level was off the chart.

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