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, birds, mice, squirrels and more. At first, you can develop common flu-like symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, nausea and fever/chills. No two people are alike, so it's important to bear in mind that what I experienced and what you may experience can be pretty different, based on our medical history, genes and immune system. Do you have five or more of these symptoms regularly? 

Physical Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain (arthritis)
  • Muscle Pain (fibromyalgia)
  • Fever/Chills
  • Sensitivity to light, sound or smell
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness or motion sickness (vertigo)
  • Facial paralysis or twitching
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Gastrointestinal problems: stomach ache, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation
  • Shortness of breath or coughing
  • Ear pain or ringing in ears (tinnitus)
  • 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, read how I found my Lyme Literate physician for more info.

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