Lyme Disease Symptom Overview

Symptoms of Lyme Disease – General Overview

Lyme & Tick Borne Illness Symptoms

Lyme & Tick-Borne Illness Symptoms

Lyme Disease Symptom Overview

 

Physical Symptoms

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

Later Signs and Symptoms
(Days to Months After Tick Bite)

  • Headaches & neck stiffness
  • More Rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arthritis- severe joint pain & swelling
  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, & bones
  • Facial palsy
  • Inflammation of brain & spinal cord
  • Nerve pain – Shooting pains – numbness, tingling in the hands/feet
  • Lyme carditis – Heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat

 

Neurocognitive Tick-Borne Disease Symptoms

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Difficulty with working memory and executive functioning tasks
  • Executive functioning Impairment
  • Difficulty sequencing information
  • Verbal fluency difficulties – such as name or word retrieval
  • Slow processing (listening, oral, and with written word)
  • “Brain Fog”
  • Sustained attention
  • Attentional switching
  • Problems with writing, math, and sustained reading/comprehension

 

Neuropsychiatric Tick-Borne Disease Symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Sudden rage/anger
  • Nightmares
  • Impulse control/hyperactivity
  • Conduct problems/oppositional behaviors
  • Easy tearfulness
  • Anxiety or Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Withdrawn behaviors
  • Confusion
  • Mania
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Paranoia
  • Auditory/visual hallucinations
  • Sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
  • Sensory hyperarousal (typically auditory, visual, and touch)
  • Social skill deficits
  • PANS and Autism (it is estimated that 25% of those with Autism have PANS/PANDAS – O’Hara, N. (2014). Lyme Connection Mental Health Conference.

 

Other Physical Tick-Borne Disease Symptoms
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Nerve Pain
  • Arthritis symptoms
  • Joint pain/Chronic Pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis symptoms/Lupus
  • Seizures
  • Stomach problems (very common sign of Tick-Borne Disease in children)
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Vestibular dysfunction/Visual issues
  • Cardiac problems or POTS (25% of those with cardiac problems have Lyme) Phillips, S. (2015). Lyme Connection – Leir Center Conference
  • Unusual infections
  • Low nutrient levels in the blood
  • History of concussion

Sources:

  • Symptoms of Lyme Disease – CDC
  • Neurocognitive, Neuropsychiatric, Other Physical Tick-Borne Disease Symptoms – Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., LPC, BCN, LLC

Lyme Disease – Neurocognitive & Neuropsychiatric Symptoms

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