Lyme Disease Symptoms

If you what to know what are the symptoms of Lyme Disease, please reference the chart below. This disease spreads in the body, causing a more spread out set of symptoms in patients. The Immediate Symptoms are what you might experience when you initially get bit by a tick carrying Lyme disease (Acute Lyme Disease). The rest of the symptoms are those of Chronic Lyme Disease. If you have more than 15 of these Lyme Disease symptoms its advised that you go see a LLMD who can test you properly for Lyme. This disease is an invisible illness and often goes undiagnosed, so this checklist is a great place to start.
Immediate Symptoms
  • Rash at site of bite
  • Rash on other parts of the body
  • Fever
  • Flu like symptoms
Head, Face, Neck
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Unexplained Hair Loss
  • Twitching of face or other muscles
  • Facial paralysis
  • Stiff or painful neck
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Frequent sore throat
Eyes/Vision
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Increased floating spots
  • Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes.
  • Oversensitivity to light
Ears/Hearing
  • Increased hearing in one or both ears
  • Plugged ears
  • Oversensitivity to sounds
  • Ringing in one or both ears
Digestive Systems
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bladder/Interstitial Cystitis
  • Upset Stomach
  • Frequent Nausea
  • GERD
Musculoskeletal System
  • Bone pain
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Stiffness in back
  • Muscle pain or cramps
Respiratory & Circulatory
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain or rib soreness
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained chills
  • Heart palpitations
Neurological System
  • Tremors or explained shaking
  • Burning or stabbing sensations in body
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pressure in head
  • Increased motion sickness
  • Numbness in body
  • Tingling sensations
  • Poor balance
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadness
Psychological Well Being
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Unusual depression
  • Disorientation/ getting lost
  • Feeling as if you are losing your mind
  • Over emotional reactions
  • Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Mental Capability
  • Short or long term memory loss
  • Confusion, difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty with concentrating or reading
  • Going to the wrong places
  • Speech difficulty
  • Forgetting how to complete tasks
General Well Being
  • Phantom Smells
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Swollen glands/lymph nodes
  • Unexplained fevers
  • Continual infections
  • Symptoms seem to change, come and go
  • Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
  • Low body temperature
  • Sudden allergies developed to many things
  • Increased effect from alcohol
Info from CanLyme.com

Tick Testing

If you pull a tick off of you the very BEST thing you can do is send the tick off for testing. The reason for this is because a lab can tell you exactly what diseases that particular tick was carrying. This will help you know what you need to look out for, or get a head start on a prophylactic antibiotic treatment. On the flip side if the tick comes back clean that can give you a piece of mind. Each state has a state run lab which you can send the tick off to, and there are also quite a few at home collection kits on the market. Most of them run about $150-300 per tick tested and varies depending on which diseases you want it checked for. That can get pricey, which is why I want to share an option with you for FREE tick testing.

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation
 is offering FREE tick testing nationwide. They have a lab which is examines the ticks and reports back to you what diseases the tick was carrying. So, why is it free? Because the use of citizen science is very helpful to scientists who need to get data collection from all over the United States. You get a tick tested for free and The Bay Area Lyme Foundation gets data about ticks nationwide for their research purposes. You can get more info about it here.Note: The tick can be dead or alive, but ideally collected less than 72 hours ago (if possible keep it in the freezer). Put your tick in a small Ziploc baggie with a moist cotton ball or piece of wet paper towel. If you have access to a small vial and alcohol, you can use that instead.

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