The clinical symptoms of Lyme disease vary among individuals at initial presentation and during the course of an infection, ranging from a relatively benign skin rash to severe arthritic and neurological symptoms. Lyme disease is called "the great masquerader" because of its ability to mimic other illnesses. Early in the infection patients may have flu-like symptoms including headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. Serious multi-systemic problems may start later. Late symptoms include: neurologic problems, dizziness, memory and concentration impairment, muscle weakness, joint pain and swelling, mood disorders, and heart disease. Symptoms may develop quickly or not until many months or years later as the spirochete can evade the immune response and remain dormant in the host for long periods of time.
Rash – occurs in less than 50% of Lyme patientsFlu-like symptoms followed by intermittent illnessExtreme fatigue
Joint pain and/or swellingStiffness of joints, back, neckMuscle pain, crampsHeadache, persistent and severe Jaw pain
Twitching of facial or other musclesNumbness and tinglingWeakness or partial paralysisLight-headedness or dizzinessPoor balance, difficulty walkingBurning and stabbing painsRestless legsMemory loss (short or long term)Confusion (difficulty with thinking)Speech difficulty (slurred or slow, word finding)Seizures/stroke symptomsBlurry or double vision, sight changeSensitivity to light and flashing lightsSound sensitivityTinnitus (ringing)
Mood swings, irritabilityUnusual depressionPanic/anxiety attacksAggression/rageObsessive-compulsive behaviorParanoiaSuicidal thoughts
Recurring bronchial infectionsShortness of breathChest pain/rib sorenessHeart palpitations, murmurs, valve prolapse, heart attack
Insomnia or sleeping too muchNight sweats or chills Swollen/painful lymph glandsLoss of sex driveChemical sensitivity/increased allergic reactionsSore throatWeight gain/lossSkin changes/nodules under the skin, dryness
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