The National Capital Lyme Disease Association’s Symptom’s list:

“Lyme disease is often called “the great imitator” because its symptoms imitate other diseases such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Alzheimer’s, and autism.


  • Tick bite
  • Rash – either circular, spreading, or “bulls-eye” – may appear around the bite site; rash does not occur in all cases
  • Flu-like symptoms, followed by intermittent illness
  • Extreme fatigue


  • Joint pain and/or swelling
  • Stiffness of joints, back, neck
  • Muscle pain, twitching, cramps and weakness
  • Heel pain/plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Jaw pain


  • Persistent and severe headache
  • Twitching of facial or other muscles
  • Cranial nerve dysfunction/numbness and tingling
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Bell’s palsy or partial paralysis
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Poor balance or difficulty walking
  • Burning and stabbing pains
  • Restless legs
  • Memory loss (short or long term)
  • Confusion (difficulty with processing thought)
  • Speech difficulty (slurred or slow, word-finding problems)
  • Seizures/stroke symptoms
  • Blurry or double vision, sight change
  • Sensitivity to light and flashing lights
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)


  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Unusual depression
  • Panic/anxiety attacks
  • Aggression/rage
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • New onset ADHD


  • Recurring bronchial infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain/rib soreness
  • Heart palpitations, murmurs, valve prolapse, heart attack


  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Night sweats and/or chills
  • Swollen/painful lymph glands
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Chemical sensitivity/increased allergic reactions
  • Sore throat
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Skin changes/nodules under the skin, dryness”

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