When considering the symptoms of Lyme disease, it should be noted that half of those infected with Lyme will never get the erythema migraines or bulls-eye rash. While this statement doesn't have a basis research, if 300,000 people annually are infected, there would be a sizable number of people with the rash and there would be a greater awareness of Lyme disease symptoms.
Also many may have the rash but it may appear on areas of the body where it goes unnoticed.
Generalized weakness and fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes. However, some of those infected have no symptoms at all.
General muscle weakness
Anemia (most often hemolytic anemia from a Babesia co-infection)
Really bad headaches and stiff neck (meningitis)
Joint pain / swelling (often severe), especially in the knees and other large joints (when this hits, you will think you need to go to the hospital it will be so bad).
Bell's Palsey Facial droop on one or both sides of the face due to loss of muscle tone.
Tendon, muscle, joint bone pain that comes and goes.
Irregular heart beats or palpitations (called Lyme carditis).
Afib or atrial fibrillation
Short of breath
Numbness, tingling in the hands and or feet.
Coldness in the hands and feet.
Short-term memory loss
Lack of drive / mental focus on tasks Depression
Transient arthritis pains regardless of the weather or barometric pressure
Severe joint pain and swelling
Intermittent pain in hands and feet
Pains in what would be described as the area of the liver
Intermittent pain as if in one or both kidneys, possibly moving from one side to the other
Overall body weakness
Fatigue, tiredness, generalized weakness
Headache, neck stiffness (meningitis).
Vision problems, possibly changing daily
Day sweats for no reason and on certain unusual parts of the body Night sweats Chills Rib soreness
Hair loss (unexplained)
Nerves rapid firing / like electric shock or a TENS machine is attached to your skin. Burning or stabbing sensations
Sort throat, swollen glands Upset stomach / abdominal pain Unexplained weight loss / weight gain from bugs in the blood Inability to lose the excess weight recently Unavoidable need to sit or lay down and rest
Shortness of breath Cough that won't go away (with Babesiosis)
Shortness of breath with minimal exertion
Intermittent pain in hands and feet
Change in bowel function: loose stool or frequent liquid stool
Bladder dysfunction, irritable bowel
Testicular pain, pelvic pain
Pains in what would be considered the area of the liver
Intermittent kidney pain, in one or both or may migrate from side to side
Pain migrating within the body or organs. (pain will start at one point and over minutes or more, Migrate to another point as if the pain was crawling from one place to another)
Good days and Bad Days (without change in diet, treatment or routine, some days will be good and some bad)
Women may experience more intense symptoms right before, during or after their minstrel cycle. Antibiotics taken for another ailment may make you feel better and then symptoms will get worse once completed. You may feel worse on antibiotics (called a Jarish-Herxheimer reaction, killed Lyme bacteria release toxins that temporarily worsen the underlying symptoms.
Poor short term memory that may come and go
Loss of short-term memory
Lack of drive Depression
Dizziness Light and sound sensitivity
Low motivation for the activities of daily living
Trouble sleeping (getting as little as 2 to 3 hours sleep at night)
Foggy thinking and memory loss
Memory and concentration problems
difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
Too much or too little sleep
Frequent or early waking Sleeping for as little as 3 or 4 hours a night
Disorientation, getting lost or going to the wrong places
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy) Twitching of the face or other muscles
Numbness and or tingling in the hands and or feet that comes and goes.
Numbness and burning sensation>/br> Coldness in the hands and feet that comes and goes.
Electrical sensations, often in lower extremities
Night sweats (with no signs of TB)
Balance and walking problems (this is both a neurological and a muscle problem)
Arthritis pains that come and go regardless of the weather or barometric pressure
Neck creaks and cracks with movement
Stiffness of joints and back
Fatigue Muscle pains or cramps
Increasing but mild problems with balance
Severe joint pain and swelling, especially in the knees and other large joints.
Joint pains in large and small joints.
Facial droop on one or both sides due to loss of muscle tone (called Bell's palsy).
Pain in the tendons, muscles, joints and bones that comes and goes.
Joint pain that moves from one joint to another in minutes
Irregular shaped red blood cells
Rouleau formation of red blood cells
Early signs of DIC (Disseminated intravascular coagulation)
Signs of myeloproliferative disease
Many heart disease patients may in reality be suffering from Lyme and never be diagnosed. This because Lyme disease can escape detection and or be easily misdiagnosed.
If you have heart disease symptoms and live in areas where Lyme is known to infect people, please get checked out for Lyme.
These heart conditions are called Lyme “carditis.”
chest pain with palpation's
irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
blockages in the atria and ventricle electric conduction of the heart.
Heart blockages because of Lyme often require pacemakers or may lead to sudden cardiac death
Heart symptoms your doctor cannot explain
Both mental and emotional (psychiatric) abnormalities (it is estimated that up to 50 % experience psychiatric problems)
Behavioral disorders (including impulsive acts of aggression and violence)
Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Light and sound sensitivity
Bizarre, shifting, and even excruciating nerve pains
Unexplained breast pain and or milk production
There will be more 'symptoms Lyme disease' added as the knowledge grows.