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
Muscle and joint pain
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.
Early disseminated infection (1 to 4 months)
Weakness and/or numbness in the arms or legs.
Severe and recurring headaches
Fainting or vaso vagal attacks
Poor memory and concentration problems
Internal buzzing feeling
Late Persistent Infection
Swelling and pain in the joints
Numbness and tingling in the extremities
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
Tinnitus, ear ringing or feeling of fullness
Shortness of breath
Rib and sternum soreness
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.