Lyme Disease Symptoms

Early symptoms soon after exposure by tick bite can include:

  • Skin rash around tick bite – may have bullseye shape. Not everyone gets a rash! (I never saw a tick, nor did I have a rash)
  • Erythema migrans (EM) – the official name for the tick bite skin rash
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Malaise
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Body aches
  • Neck aches
  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Knee arthritis


Neurological symptoms – often occurring some time after exposure, from weeks to years later.

  • Numbness
  • Limb pain
  • Limb weakness
  • Radiculitis (numbness, tingling, burning)
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Visual disturbances
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Encephalopathy
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Change in mood
  • Changed sleeping habits
  • Thinking difficulties
  • Nerve damage – in the arms and legs
  • Encephalomyelitis-symptoms
  • Limb weakness
  • Motor coordination problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Meningitis symptoms
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Severe headache
  • Heart abnormalities – heart problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
Here is a link to information about lyme symptoms and co-infections.  I had 2 co-infections in addition to the borrellia.  Your LLMD needs to be very knowledgeable about co-infections in order to treat you properly.  Not treating co-infections can leave you sick.  The first LLMD I went to didn’t pick up from my IGeneX test  that I had Bartonella.  The second LLMD said, “You’re doing nothing for the Bartonella.”  Be sure to be tested for all co-infections.  It is very expensive to do the test, but your health and 100% recovery are worth it.
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