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Lyme disease symptoms

MagazineOctober 2007 (Vol. 18 Issue 7)Lyme disease symptoms

Round skin rash (1-12 inches across) with a whitish centre, surrounding the tick bite

Primary symptoms
  • Round skin rash (1-12 inches across) with a whitish centre, surrounding the tick bite
  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Stiff neck
  • Unexplainable fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Frequent sore throat.
Also, look for
  • Heart irregularities
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle twitching
  • Bell's palsy
  • Vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures.

Neuropsychiatric problems

  • Manic-depression
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Slow mental processing
  • Brain fog
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hallucinations.

LD can mimic
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Guillain-Barr'e syndrome
  • Cranial nerve disturbances
  • Heart abnormalities
  • Arthritis
  • Gulf War syndrome
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome).

Untreated LD
  • Stage 1 (up to one month): tick-bite rash, headache, fever, chills, fatigue, and joint pain and swelling
  • Stage 2 (up to several months): neurological problems, heart problems, and pain in the joints, tendons, muscles or bones
  • Stage 3 (up to two years): arthritis, with pain and swelling particularly in the knee.

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