Lyme Symptoms to Look out for

I never saw the bite or the (hallmark) Lyme bull’s-eye rash,’ said Harrington. But her doctor recognized her fatigue, nausea and fever as common symptoms.

Not everyone is as fortunate. Some Lyme victims are diagnosed late. Others are misdiagnosed.

In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 30,000 Americans get Lyme each year. In 2013, it moved the comma to 300,000. Oops. Many doctors want the comma moved again.
— Chicago Tribune, August 2015

 

Most people who have Lyme disease don't remember getting bit by a tick. Ticks are microscopic and hard to detect, and come from deer and vermin, including house mice. They thrive in areas like forests, grassy fields (tall or short) and areas with a lot of foliage. If a tick bite is left untreated for months or even years, you can develop common symptoms of Lyme like fatigue, joint pain, nausea and fever. Below are some additional symptoms that I've had, which are all indicative of Lyme:

Physical Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain (arthritis)
  • Muscle Pain (fibromyalgia)
  • Fever/Chills
  • Sensitivity to light, sound and smell
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness or motion sickness
  • Facial paralysis and twitching
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Gastrointestinal problems: stomach ache, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation
  • Shortness of breath or coughing
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Ear pain or ringing in ears
  • Swollen glands and sore throat
  • Blurry vision

Neurological + Mental Symptoms

  • Mild to severe headaches
  • Insomnia
  • “Brain Fog” – confusion, poor concentration, forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings/irritability

If these symptoms look familiar, check out the Lyme Resources post to learn more information.