Lyme Disease Symptoms

Many people with living with Lyme Disease have various symptoms but have been misdiagnosed. We have compiled a listing of common Lyme Disease Symptoms that occur after exposure to Lyme. According to the CDC website symptoms of Lyme Disease include:

Early Signs and Symptoms (3 to 30 days after tick bite)

  • Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash:
    • Occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons
    • Begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3 to 30 days (average is about 7 days)
    • Expands gradually over a period of days reaching up to 12 inches or more (30 cm) across
    • May feel warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful
    • Sometimes clears as it enlarges, resulting in a target or “bull’s-eye” appearance
    • May appear on any area of the body
    • Example Rash Image below:

cdc_rf_photo_of_bulls-eye_rash-symptom of lyme disease

(Image Credit: WEBMD)

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

Believe it or not there are even more symptoms one can have. An extensive list of symptoms of chronic Lyme disease was developed by Dr. Joseph Burrascano, a pioneer in treating chronic Lyme disease. Click Here to learn more. If you suspect you have Lyme Disease, you can take a free quiz from LymeDisease.org to learn more. Click the image below:

Lyme Disease Symptom Checklist

Lyme Disease Diagnosis

After more than two years of seeking medical treatment for various different symptoms, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I had been tested for Lyme on two separate occasions but the test was negative. After hours of countless research, I learned that Lyme Disease is insidious and false negative tests are common. 56% of patients with Lyme disease test negative using the two-tiered testing system recommended by the CDC.

It all started when my husband and I purchased our first home a little over two years ago. Our cozy little home was nestled on 3 acres of beautiful land in New Hampshire. Little did I know, that all that land would turn out to be a breeding ground for ticks with Lyme Disease. Less than a month after moving in strange symptoms started and progressed over the course of the next two years.

Below is the list of my personal Lyme Disease Symptoms:

  • Rash all over my body
  • Fatigue
  • Severe Joint Pain
  • Mood Swings
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Stiff Neck
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Muscle Flutters
  • Palsy of my right hand
  • Joint Inflammation
  • Eye Floaters
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Rapid Heart Beat

Symptoms of Lyme disease closely resemble those of other illnesses and for this reason, Lyme is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. Lyme victims are commonly misdiagnosed with other illnesses, such as:

Most common symptoms of Lyme include the bulls eye rash, facial palsy, and joint inflammation.

lyme-symptoms (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/

(IMAGE CREDIT: CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL)

I created Lyme Disease Ticks Me Off as an online support group that is focused on educating those who suspect they have Lyme or are living with Lyme Disease. Stay tuned for more information, resources and articles on Lyme Disease.