A Varied Symptom Profile

Lyme can and does attack every system in the body, so it presents with very different symptoms in different individuals. This varied symptom profile is because Lyme can have synergistic effects with other infections, (viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic), that a person may already have. The role of co-infections and Lyme is poorly understood, but it is generally known that patients with multiple infections can become sicker and have a more difficult time recovering. The presence of heavy metals, other environmental toxins and trauma (surgeries, accidents) can also impact the nature and severity of symptoms. Some symptoms are due to direct damage from the bacteria. Other symptoms result from our body’s response to the biotoxins that Lyme secretes, and to inflammation.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LYME

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Conjunctivitis
Double or blurry vision
Floaters
Light sensitivity
Pain
Red eyes


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Ears
Ear pain
Hearing loss
Hypersensitive hearing
Tinnitus (buzzing, ringing)


head

Head/mouth/neck/throat
Change in sense of taste/smell
Dental pain (teeth or gums)
Headache
Jaw pain or stiffness
Sinusitis
Sore throat
Swollen glands
Thyroid dysfunction
Unexplained hair loss


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Heart/lungs
Bronchitis or cough that is chronic
Chest and rib pain
Chills
Heart block
Heart palpitations
Night sweats
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing


digestive

Digestive
Diarrhea
Constipation
Heartburn, stomach ache
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Pain and cramping
Unusual weight gain or loss
Vomiting


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Kidneys
Bed-wetting
Burning in urethra
Intersticial cystitis
Kidney and bladder infections
Pain


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Reproductive
Women
Loss of libido
Menstrual irregularity
Miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth
Pelvic pain
Unexplained milk production and breast pain

Men
Erectile dysfunction
Loss of libido
Pain in testicles


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Musculoskeletal
Back pain
Extreme fatigue after exercise
Joint pain and swelling
Muscle pain, cramps, weakness
Neck pain/stiff neck


brain

Neurological
Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis)
Burning, buzzing
Confusion, difficulty thinking
Difficulty concentrating, reading, watching television
Difficulty forming words
Disorientation, including getting lost
Dizziness, light-headedness, motion sickness
Facial tics
Fainting
Feeling “overwhelmed,” trouble organizing and multi-tasking
Foot pain
Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
Numbness
Paralysis
Poor short term memory
Seizures
Sensitivity to light and sound
Shooting pains
Stroke
Tingling, crawling sensation
Tremors
Trouble processing information
Twitching muscles


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Psychiatric
Anger, aggression
Anxiety, panic attacks
Bi-polar symptoms
Depression
Hallucinations
Impulsive behavior
Mood swings
Paranoia
Psychosis
Obsessive-compulsive behavior
Sleep irregularities – too much, too little, insomnia
Suicidal thoughts, actual suicide


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Skin
Bulls-eye rash
Other persistent rashes


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General
Fevers
Intense fatigue
Increase in allergic reactions
Night sweats