SYMPTOMS

If you have a bullseye rash (even without finding a tick) please contact your doctor right away.  This is a symptom of Lyme Disease and should be taken seriously to avoid future problems.  It is much easier to treat Lyme if it is caught early, than to wait until it has become a chronic, late-stage condition.  Antibiotics are needed to prevent the spread of the bacteria throughout your bloodstream and eventually, deep into your body where it hides from your immune system and medicines.  The bullseye rash is an immune response to the bacteria that cause Lyme, even though it usually goes away if untreated- this does not mean that you don’t have Lyme, it just means that your body has stopped that immune reaction.  However, only 50% of people infected remember a bullseye rash or a tick bite.

Less than 50% of those infected remember having a tick bite or a classic bullseye rash. However, if you DO have bullseye rash, keep the tick if you find one and see a doctor IMMEDIATELY!

Brain and Central Nervous System: migraines, dizziness, brain fog, poor memory, poor sleep, lack of verbal fluency, confusion or disorientation, decreased ability to concentrate, facial nerve tics or paralysis, sore jaw, sinusitis, mood swings, difficulty chewing or swallowing, sore throat, hoarseness, muscle twitches, numbness and tingling, shooting pains, and lower back or neck pain. Lyme has also been found to mimic all the psychiatric disorders.

Muscles, joints, and bones: pains that come and go (with or without swelling), cramps, stiffness.

Circulation: too fast or two slow heart rate, irregular heartbeat (palpitations), inflammation of the heart muscle or arteries, and chest pain.

Breathing: sinusitis, difficulty breathing, and pneumonias.

Skin: rashes, itching, crawling sensations, benign cysts and nodules, and skin discoloration.

Eyes: pain, inflammation, blurred or double vision, retinal damage, floaters, flashing lights, light sensitivity, dry eye, and blindness.

Ears: itching, earache, buzzing, ringing, and sound sensitivity.

Digestive tract: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, mild liver function abnormalities, and spleen tenderness and enlargement.

Genitourinary tract: inflammation of the urethra and bladder, pelvic pain, testicular pain, and loss of sexual desire.

General: tiredness, lack of stamina, fever, vague discomfort, irritability, nervousness or anxiety, and weight loss or gain.

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