Lyme Disease can cause any of the symptoms listed below. You many have just a few of them, or many of them. The amount and severity of your symptoms are usually directly related to the amount, location and severity of any Lyme-related infections you may have – and how well your immune system is dealing with them. 

  • Symptoms that are gradually getting worse
  • The feeling of “prematurely aging” or “slowly dying”
  • Persistent swollen glands
  • Sore throat
  • Fevers
  • Sore soles of feet, especially in the morning
  • Pain in the fingers, toes, ankles, wrists, knees, elbows or shoulders
  • Swelling of the fingers, toes, ankles, wrist, knees, elbows, hips or shoulders
  • Unexplained back pain
  • Stiffness of the joints or back
  • Muscle aches or cramps
  • Obvious muscle weakness
  • Twitching of the face or other muscles
  • Confusion, difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty with concentration or reading.
  • Problems absorbing new information
  • Word search, “name block”
  • Forgetfulness, poor short term memory, poor attention
  • Disorientation – getting lost, going to the wrong places
  • Speech errors – using the wrong word or misspeaking
  • Mood swings, irritability, depression
  • Anxiety, panic attacks
  • Psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, bipolar)
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Abnormally sensitive to light
  • Abnormally sensitive to sound
  • Double vision, blurry vision, “floaters”
  • Ear pain
  • Buzzing or ringing in ears, decreased hearing
  • Increased motion sickness, vertigo, spinning sensation
  • Off balance “tippy” feeling
  • Lightheadedness, wooziness, unavoidable need to sit or lie down
  • Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains, skin hypersensitivity
  • Facial paralysis – Bell’s Palsy
  • Unexplained tooth or gum pain
  • Neck creaking or cracking, neck stiffness, neck pain
  • Fatigue, tired, poor stamina
  • Insomnia, interrupted sleep, early awakening
  • Excessive night time sleep
  • Napping during the day
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Pain in genital area
  • Unexplained menstrual irregularity
  • Unexplained milk production or breast pain
  • Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of libido
  • Queasy stomach or nausea
  • Heartburn, stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramps
  • Heart murmur or valve prolapse
  • Heart palpitations or skips
  • “Heart block” on EKG testing
  • Chest wall pain or sore ribs
  • Sinus congestion
  • Breathlessness, “air hunger”,
  • unexplained chronic cough
  • Profuse sweating at night
  • “Brain fog”


Other Recommended Resources about Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease: The Unknown Epidemic (part 1 and 2)
An excellent comprehensive article on Lyme disease

Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Disease Epidemic
Weintraub, P. 2008

Under Our Skin
An award winning video documentary on Lyme Disease

The Lyme Diet
Nicola McFadzean, N.D.

Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and other Tick Borne Disorders
Vanderhoof – Forschner, K. 2003

Learn much more about Lyme Disease by visiting lymedisease.org