Symptom List

Here is a list of the currently known symptoms of Lyme disease. Sufferers may have many of these symptoms or they may have only a few which is one of the reasons why diagnosis can be difficult without the presence of a bulls eye rash.

For a detailed guide of symptoms and treatment options for Lyme and other tick borne illnesses see Dr. Burrascano's guide. Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano Jr. has been treating Lyme patients for 30 years and is regarded as the leading expert on Lyme Disease in the U.S.

  1. Rash at site of bite or on other parts of your body
  2. Unexplained hair loss
  3. Headache, mild or severe, Seizures
  4. Pressure in head, white matter lesions in brain (MRI)
  5. Twitching of facial or other muscles
  6. Facial paralysis(Bell's Palsy, Horner's syndrome)
  7. Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
  8. Stiff or painful neck
  9. Jaw pain or stiffness
  10. Dental problems (unexplained)
  11. Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm ( flem ), hoarseness, runny nose
  12. Double or blurry vision
  13. Increased floating spots
  14. Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
  15. Oversensitivity to light
  16. Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes
  17. Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
  18. Buzzing in ears
  19. Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
  20. Ringing in one or both ears
  21. Diarrhea
  22. Constipation
  23. Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or Interstitial cystitis
  24. Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  25. Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
  26. Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
  27. Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)
  28. Shortness of breath, can't get full/satisfying breath, cough
  29. Chest pain or rib soreness
  30. Night sweats or unexplained chills
  31. Heart palpitations or extra beats
  32. Endocarditis, Heart blockage
  33. Tremors or unexplained shaking
  34. Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
  35. Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
  36. Pressure in the head
  37. Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
  38. Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
  39. Increased motion sickness
  40. Lightheadedness, wooziness
  41. Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
  42. Unusual depression
  43. Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
  44. Feeling as if you are losing your mind
  45. Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
  46. Too much sleep, or insomnia
  47. Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  48. Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
  49. Panic attacks, anxiety
  50. Memory loss (short or long term)
  51. Confusion, difficulty in thinking
  52. Difficulty with concentration or reading
  53. Going to the wrong place
  54. Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
  55. Stammering speech
  56. Forgetting how to perform simple tasks
  57. Loss of sex drive
  58. Sexual dysfunction
  59. Unexplained menstral pain, irregularity
  60. Unexplained breast pain, discharge
  61. Testicular or pelvic pain
  62. Phantom smells
  63. Unexplained weight gain, loss
  64. Extreme fatigue
  65. Swollen glands/lymph nodes
  66. Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
  67. Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
  68. Symptoms seem to change, come and go
  69. Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
  70. Early on, experienced a "flu-like" illness, after which you have not since felt well.
  71. Low body temperature
  72. Allergies/Chemical sensitivities
  73. Increased effect from alcohol and possible worse hangover