Symptoms of Lyme disease – stop the lyme lies

Symptoms of Lyme disease

  The symptoms of Lyme disease are varied and diverse, resulting in difficulty when trying to diagnose. Known as “The Great Imitator,” Lyme disease can mimic the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Migraine Associated Vertigo & Ménière’s disease as well as more than some 350 other diseases. When patients do present with a number of infections and co-infections, including other tick-borne infections, it makes it even harder to diagnose and treat.
AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM/ENDOCRINE/IMMUNE/HORMONE

  • Abnormal sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Allergies (nasal, other; new, increased or worsening)
  • Canker sores (frequent)
  • Chills and/or shakes when hungry (may occur instead of feeling hungry)
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Extreme fatigue after minimal exertion
  • Feeling hot or cold often
  • Flu-like symptoms, on-going or recurrent after initial gradual or acute onset; includes mild fever (99.5-101.5 F / 37.5-38.6 C), chills
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Herpes simplex or shingles rash
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Low-grade fevers
  • Low blood pressure (below 110/70) 
  • Low body temperature (below 97.5)
  • Lymph nodes painful, swollen (in neck; under arms)
  • Night sweats (not related to menopause or fever)
  • Orthostatic Intolerance (neurally mediated hypotension)
  • Reactive hypoglycemia and insulin resistance
  • Thirst, increased
  • Temperature irregularities; often feeling hot or cold irrespective of actual ambient temperature and body temperature; low body temperature (below 97.6 F / 36.4 C)
  • Thyroid inflammation (acute thyroiditis; hypothyroidism; Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)

CARDIOPULMONARY/RESPIRATORY/CIRCULATORY

  • Cardiac abnormalities (mitral valve prolapse; myocarditis; tachycardia; palpitations; dysrhythmia)
  • Cough
  • Dyspnea (out of breath) or shortness of breath (air hunger) after minimal or no exertion
  • Heart attack
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heart pounds so hard it shakes body, bed
  • Pulse skips
  • Serious rhythm disturbances of heart
  • Sighing, frequent, not related to mental/emotional state
  • Stroke
  • Vasculitis

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM/NEUROLOGIAL/NEUROPATHIC/OTOLOGIC

  • Abnormal CAT, MRI and/or SPECT scans
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Aseptic meningitis
  • “Brainfog”; inability to think clearly
  • Difficulty moving tongue to speak
  • Diminished or absent reflexes
  • Fainting or blackouts; feeling like you might faint
  • Headaches (frequent, severe, recurring)
  • Hearing fluctuations (sounds fade then return)
  • Hearing changes, often from day to day (need to turn up, then down, volume of radio, TV)
  • Joint or arthritic pain not relieved by NSAIDs (ie, ibuprofen)
  • Libido (decreased)
  • Light-headedness, feeling spaced-out
  • Migraine headaches
  • Muscle twitching
  • Noise intolerance
  • Paralysis or severe weakness of limb
  • Parasthesias (numbness, tingling, crawling, itching sensations) in face, head, torso, extremities
  • Photosensitivity
  • Radiculitis
  • Seizures; seizure-like episodes
  • Sensory alterations (hyper- or hyposensitivity) – smell, taste, hearing (noise intolerance)
  • Severe muscle weakness
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Tinnitus (ringing/noises in one or both ears)
  • Touch or weight of clothing on or against body causes discomfort or pain
  • Tremors, trembling

COGNITIVE FUNCTION

  • Becoming lost in familiar locations when driving
  • Difficulty with simple calculations (e.g., balancing checkbook)
  • Difficulty expressing ideas in words
  • Difficulty moving your mouth to speak
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty following directions while driving
  • Difficulty remembering names of objects
  • Difficulty remembering names of people
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Difficulty following simple written instructions
  • Difficulty following complicated written instructions
  • Difficulty following simple oral (spoken) instructions
  • Difficulty following complicated oral (spoken) instructions
  • Difficulty integrating information (putting ideas together to form a complete picture or concept)
  • Difficulty putting tasks or things in proper sequence
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty following a conversation when background noise is present
  • Difficulty making and/or retrieving memories (long/short-term memory deficits)
  • Difficulty understanding what you read
  • Easily distracted during a task
  • Feeling too disoriented to drive
  • Forgetting how to do routine things
  • Forgetting the use of common objects (such as, what to do with the shampoo when you are standing in the shower)
  • Forgetting how to get to familiar places
  • Impaired ability to concentrate
  • Losing your train of thought in the middle of a sentence
  • Losing track in the middle of a task (remembering what to do next)
  • Poor judgment
  • Switching left and right
  • Slowed and/or slurred speech
  • Stuttering; stammering
  • Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you speak and/or speak
  • Word-finding difficulty
  • Using the wrong word

DIGESTIVE/HEPATIC

  • Bloating; intestinal gas
  • Decreased appetite
  • Digestive chemicals (acid, enzymes) reduced or absent
  • Esophageal reflux; heartburn
  • Frequent constipation
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Food cravings (especially carbohydrates, sweets)
  • Food/Substance intolerance
  • IBS
  • Liver function impaired; mild abnormalities
  • Increased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Spleen tender or enlarged
  • Stomach ache, cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Weight gain or loss

EQUILIBRIUM/PERCEPTION

  • Bite your cheeks or tongue frequently
  • Bump into things frequently 
  • Difficulty discriminating printed matter despite proper vision correction
  • Distances (difficulty judging when driving; when putting things down on surfaces)
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Dropping things frequently
  • Dysequilibrium (balance problems)
  • Impaired coordination
  • Loss of balance when standing with eyes closed
  • Perception (not quite seeing what you are looking at)
  • Some patterns (stripes, checks) cause dizziness
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Staggering gait (clumsy walking)
  • Words on printed page appear to jump off page or disappear when staring at them

EYES/VISION

  • Acuity changes not related to prescription changes
  • Blind spots
  • Blurred vision
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Diminished visual acuity in absence of actual vision change
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Double vision
  • Eye pain
  • Flashes of light perceived peripherally
  • Optic neuritis or atrophy
  • Oscillopsia (image jiggles)
  • Prescription changes more frequently 
  • Pressure sensation behind eyes
  • Red and/or tearing eyes
  • Retinal damage
  • Slowed accommodation (switching focus from far to near, near to far)
  • Spots or floaters not related to migraines
  • Swelling around eyes
  • Uveitis and/or iritis
  • Wandering or lazy eye

HEAD/NECK/MOUTH

  • Bell’s palsy (facial paralysis, one or both sides)
  • Bruxism (grinding/clenching teeth)
  • Canker sores
  • Dizziness when you turn your head or move
  • Dry chronic cough
  • Dry eyes, nose and mouth (sicca syndrome)
  • Pain in ears, palate, gums
  • Periodontal disease
  • Prickling pain along skin of jaw
  • Problems swallowing, chewing
  • Runny nose in absence of cold, allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore spot on the top of your head
  • Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Unexplained toothaches
  • Xerostoma (dry mouth)

MUSCULOSKELETAL

  • Arthritic pain that migrates from joint to joint
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Intermittent joint swelling
  • Joint aches (arthralgia)
  • Joint pain, without redness or swelling
  • Loss of tone
  • “Lumpy, bumpy” long muscles 
  • Morning stiffness
  • Muscle aches (myalgia)
  • Muscle pain, stiffness, weakness
  • Pyriform muscle syndrome
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Stiff neck
  • Writing causes pain in hand, arm shoulder

PAIN SYMPTOMS

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Generalized pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Pain that migrates from joint to joint
  • Pain/stiffness at C1-C2 (top two vertebrae)
  • Shooting or stabbing pains
  • Painful tender points (FMS: 11 out of 18 tender points)

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS/MOOD/EMOTIONS

  • Abrupt/Unpredictable mood swings
  • Anxiety or fear for no obvious reason
  • Appetite increase/decrease
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Depression or depressed mood
  • Feeling helpless and/or hopeless
  • Feeling worthless
  • Frequent crying for no reason
  • Helpless/Hopeless feelings
  • Inability to enjoy previously enjoyed activities
  • Irritability; over-reaction
  • New phobias/irrational fears
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality changes (labile, irritable, anxious, confused, forgetful)
  • Phobias (irrational fears)
  • Rage attacks; anger outbursts for little or no reason
  • Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts

SENSITIVITIES

  • Acute or abnormal reactions to medications
  • Alteration in taste, smell, and/or hearing
  • Chemicals (alcohol, medications; lower tolerance for)
  • Food sensitivities
  • Increased perception of and sensitivity to noise
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to odors (able to detect and/or react in concentrations far lower than before and that healthy people cannot smell)

SKIN/NAILS

  • Abnormal scarring
  • Acrodermatitis Chronica Atrophician
  • Blotchy or mottled skin
  • Bruise easily
  • Bruises may take longer to appear, and/or longer to fade
  • Bull’s-eye (Erythema migrans) on light skin (resembles a bruise on dark skin)
  • Dermographia (minor scratch pressure on skin leaves vivid red welts)
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Easily scar
  • Eczema or psoriasis
  • Fragile nails
  • Frequent skin irritations
  • Lymphadenosis benigna cutis
  • Nails that curve under or downward
  • Overgrowing connective tissue (ingrown hair, adhesions, thickened/split cuticles, cysts, fibroids)
  • Painful skin (abnormal/excessive pain when scratched or rubbed)
  • “Paper” skin (feels fragile, tissue-thin when rubbed)
  • Rashes on body, face
  • Vertical ridges or beads in nails

SLEEP SYMPTOMS

  • Abnormal brain activity in stage 4 sleep
  • Altered sleep/wake patterns (alert/energetic late at night, sleepy during day
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep (frequent and/or prolonged awakenings)
  • Hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
  • Myclonus (restless leg syndrome; occasional jerking of entire body)
  • Nightmares (frequent, extremely vivid and/or disturbing)
  • Unrefreshing/Non-restorative sleep

UROGENITAL/REPRODUCTIVE

  • Decreased libido
  • Discharge from breast or galactorrhea 
  • Endometriosis
  • Frequent urination
  • Incontinence
  • Impotence
  • Infant: 
  • premature; low birth weight; low muscle tone; failure to thrive
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful urination or bladder
  • Pelvic and/or rectal pain
  • Prostate pain
  • Swollen testicles
  • Other symptoms worsen before start of menstruation
  • Worsening of PMS

OTHER

  • Abnormal or other changes in sweating
  • Activity level reduced to less than 50% of pre-onset level 
  • Burning sensation (internal and/or external)
  • Cancer
  • Changed voice
  • Changes in sweat odor/body odor
  • Delayed reaction to overactivity/exertion (onset 24-48 hours after exertion)
  • Electromagnetic (EM) sensitivity (electrical storms, full moon, affect function of electrical devices)
  • Fatigue, prolonged, disabling, made worse by exertion or stress
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • “Galloping” cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Hair loss (not related to age, hormones, diet, medication)
  • Hands hurt excessively when put in cold water
  • Handwriting changes, altering signature and/or other writing
  • Hoarseness
  • Painful, weak grasp that gives way/lets go
  • Periods of concentrated thinking causes physical and mental exhaustion, increases pain
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling/Idiopathic edema (fluid retention syndrome)
  • Symptoms worsened by extremes of temperature (hot, cold), stress, and/or air travel
  • Symptoms change focus from time to time, like infection is moving through the body
  • Thickened mucus secretions (nose, bowel, vaginal)
  • Thickened “sleep” around eyes in mornings
  • Very attractive to biting flies and mosquitoes
  • Weight changes (usually gain)

COMMON CO-INFECTIONS AND DISORDERS