LYME DISEASE SYMPTOM CHECKLIST

Following are symptoms associated with Lyme and tick-borne co-infections. 

Not all cases are caused by a tick bite, and the “bull’s eye” rash occurs in less than 50% of the cases. 

Since Lyme Disease tests are only 40% accurate, the majority of cases are “negative.” 

Musculoskeletal System
• Joint pain or swelling
• Stiffness of joints, back or neck
• Movement of pain or swelling to different joints
• Creaking, popping, cracking joints
• Muscle pain or cramps
• General Muscle Pain/Tenderness  (fibromyalgia)
• Hand stiffness
• Foot pain (aches or burning)
• Bone sensitivity, esp. the spine
• Clumsiness
• Backache
• Rib soreness
• Tendonitis
• Gait disturbance
 
Neurologic System
• Headache (persistent / intermittent / severe / migraine-like)
• Bell’s Palsy   (facial paralysis)
• Burning, stabbing or shooting pains
• Tremors or unexplained shaking
• Numbness in parts of body / extremities
• Tingling sensations   (crawling on skin)
• Weakness or partial paralysis
• Lightheadedness, wooziness, fainting
• Twitching of muscles
• Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
• Increased motion sickness
• Alternating warm / cool sensations
• Constant low body temperature
• Stroke symptoms,  seizures
• Taste / smell abnormalities
• Abnormal blood flow in brain
• Diminished reflexes
• Hearing music or sounds others can’t hear
• Visual, auditory or odor hallucinations
• Restless legs or periodic limb movement disorder
 
 Psychological Well-being
• Mood swings, irritability
• Easily frustrated
• Unusual depression
• Crying impulses for no reason
• Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
• Panic or anxiety attacks
• Rage, aggression
• Insomnia  (difficulty falling or staying asleep), sleep apnea, narcolepsy
• Disturbed sleep:  too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening
• Nightmares
• Paranoia
• Suicidal thoughts
• Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
• Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
• Depersonalization (losing touch with reality, feeling “unreal”)
• Low self-esteem
• Bitterness, guilt, alienation
• Bipolar, psychosis-like disorder
 
 Mental Capabilities
• Memory loss (short or long term)
• Distorted memory
• Confusion, difficulty in thinking
• Difficulty with focus, concentration, reading (“Brain fog”)
• Inattention
• Forgetting how to perform simple tasks
• Speech difficulty (slurred, slow, hesitant)
• Word finding trouble
• Forgetfulness
• Letter, number, word reversals
• Stammering, stuttering speech
• Going to wrong places
• Getting lost in familiar places
 
Eyes, Vision
• Floaters
• Double or blurry vision
• Eye pain, pressure in eyes
• Light sensitivity
• Tearing eyes, dry eyes
• Vision loss, Blindness
• Swelling around eyes
• Flashing lights
  
Ears, Hearing
• Decreased hearing in one or both ears
• Buzzing, clicking or ringing
• Sound sensitivity
• Pain in ears
  
Digestive and Excretory System
• Diarrhea / Constipation
• Abdominal pain / Bloating
• Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping)
• Frequent need to urinate
• Upset stomach, vomiting
• Gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux or GERD)
• Anorexia
  
Respiratory / Circulatory System
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Night sweats / Unexplained chills
• Heart palpitations, extra beats, pulse skips
• Heart block / Heart attack
• Heart murmurs / Valve prolapse
• Elevated or low blood pressure
• Frequent and easy bruising of skin
• Cough (odd, unexplained)
  
 Reproduction
• Loss of sex drive
• Sexual dysfunction
• Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity
• Unexplained breast/nipple pain, discharge
• Testicular or pelvic pain
  
Head, Face, Neck
• Neck stiffness, pain, creaks, cracks
• Twitching of facial or other muscles
• Painful teeth or gums
• Difficulty swallowing
• Sore throat
• Unexplained hair loss
• Scalp rash
• Hoarseness, drippy nose (unexplained) 
  
General Well-being
• Extreme, persistent fatigue, poor stamina
• Symptoms change, come and go
• Pain moves to different body parts
• Unexplained weight gain or loss
• Malaise
• Any type of rash / Itching
• Night sweats (drenching)
• Unexplained sweating
• Swollen glands
• Unexplained fevers (high or low)
• Continual infections (sinus, kidney, yeast, bladder)
• Increased sensitivity to allergens
• Exaggerated response to alcohol or sugar
• Sugar craving
• Nodules under the skin
• Experience of flu-like symptoms, and have not felt well since
 
 Common Misdiagnoses
 
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Lupus, Gout, Hepatitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Meniere’s disease / TMJ (jaw pain)
• Fibromyalgia
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
• Crohn’s Disease
• Psychological/psychiatric symptoms
• ADHD  (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) 
• Epstein-Barr virus infection