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



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


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


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


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



Panic Attacks

Bladder problems

Tinnitus, ear ringing or feeling of fullness

Poor balance

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.

9 thoughts on “Symptoms”

    1. I’m not sure if it gets misdiagnosed as such but I believe it can “cause” it. I say that because my dog was first diagnosed with Lyme Disease and then later ankylosing spondylitis, then myself too…..

  1. I was previously treated by Ginger Savely. She is AMAZING. Since my Lyme is a bit on the persistent side, I will be looking for her to treat me again soon as soon, just as I can afford to fly to Maryland. 🙂 I HIGHLY recommend her.

    1. It could be Lauri. I was misdiagnosed with MS and it turned out to be Lyme. I was diagnosed with MS in 1995 and with Lyme in 2005. Get tested through Igenex in California.

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