​Lyme disease is no Joke. People do NOT realize the extant of Lyme disease if not caught early. 

Early Signs and Symptoms

(3 to 30 days after tick bite)

  • Fever,

  • Chills,

  • Headache,

  • Fatigue,

  • Muscle and joint aches,

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash:

    • Occurs in approximately less than 50% of infected persons

    • Sometimes clears as it enlarges, resulting in a target or “bull’s-eye” appearance

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It is very important to realize these symptoms in order to get help ASAP!!!!! 

Later Signs and Symptoms

(days to months after tick bite)

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness

  • Additional EM rashes on other areas of the body

  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints.

  • Facial palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face)

  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones

  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heart beat (Lyme carditis)

  • Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath

  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord

  • Nerve pain

  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet

  • Problems with short-term memory

     

These are all symptoms posted from the CDC website. There are many other doctors and Lyme organization that believe Lyme cause more symptoms than listed.

Here are some more symptoms:

  • ​Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills or flushing

  • Unexplained weight change [loss or gain]

  • Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina

  • Unexplained hair loss

  • Swollen glands

  • Sore throats

  • Testicular or pelvic pain

  • Unexplained menstrual irregularity

  • Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction

  • Unexplained milk production or breast pain

  • Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido [sex drive]

  • Upset stomach or abdominal pain

  • Changes in bowel function-constipation and/or diarrhea

  • Chest pain or rib soreness

  • Shortness of breath or cough

  • Heart palpitations or skipping heart

  • Stiffness of the back

  • Muscle pain or cramps

  • Twitching of face or other muscles

  • Headache

  • Neck stiffness or pain

  • Tingling, numbness, shooting paints and/or skin sensitivities

  • Facial paralysis or Bell’s palsy

  • Joint pain or swelling

  • Vision problems-double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity

  • Ear or hearing problems-buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity

  • Motion sickness, vertigo and/or poor balance

  • Lightheartedness, wooziness, unavoidable need to sit down

  • Tremor

  • Confusion and/or difficulty thinking

  • Difficulty with concentration and/or reading

  • Forgetfulness, short term memory loss, poor attention and/or problems
    absorbing information

  • Disorientation, getting lost and/or going to wrong places

  • Difficulty with speech, or writing or name blocking

  • Mood swings, irritability and/or depression and/or anxiety

  • Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, frequent awakening and/or early awakening

  • Foot pain

SYMPTOMS

It is not the intention of Chai for Lyme to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Our organization supplies support and resources for people suffering and does not speak to the media. Any publication not specifically distributed by Chai for Lyme has not been endorsed by its proprietors and should not be taken as the opinion of the organization. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and Chai for Lyme urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.