Saturday, 7 February 2015

Do you suspect Lyme disease...

Some of the many symptoms of Lyme disease are listed below:   (Click here direct Link)

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Head, Face, Neck:
  • Headache
  • Facial paralysis (like Bell’s palsy)
  • Tingling of nose, cheek, or face
  • Stiff neck
  • Sore throat, swollen glands
  • Heightened allergic sensitivities
  • Twitching of facial/other muscles
  • Jaw pain/stiffness (like TMJ)
  • Change in smell, taste
Digestive/excretory System:
  • Upset stomach (nausea, vomiting)
  • Irritable bladder
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Loss of appetite, anorexia
Respiratory/Circulatory Systems:
  • Difficulty breathingNight sweats or unexplained chills
  • Heart palpitations
  • Diminished exercise tolerance
  • Heart block, murmur
  • Chest pain or rib soreness
Psychiatric Symptoms:
  • Mood swings, irritability, agitation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Malaise
  • Aggressive behavior / impulsiveness
  • Suicidal thoughts (rare cases of suicide)
  • Overemotional reactions, crying easily
  • Disturbed sleep: too much, too little, difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Suspiciousness, paranoia, hallucinations
  • Feeling as though you are losing your mind
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Bipolar disorder/manic behavior
  • Schizophrenic-like state, including hallucinations
Cognitive Symptoms:
  • Dementia
  • Forgetfulness, memory loss (short or long term)
  • Poor school or work performance
  • Attention deficit problems, distractibility
  • Confusion, difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty with concentration, reading, spelling
  • Disorientation: getting or feeling lost
Reproduction and Sexuality
  • Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity
  • Reproduction problems, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, neonatal
  • Death, congenital Lyme disease
  • Extreme PMS symptoms
  • Testicular or pelvic pain
Eye, Vision:
  • Double or blurry vision, vision changes
  • Wandering or lazy eye
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Oversensitivity to light
  • Eye pain or swelling around eyes
  • Floaters/spots in the line of sight
  • Red eyes
  • Decreased hearing
  • Ringing or buzzing in ears
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Pain in ears
Musculoskeletal System:
  • Joint pain, swelling, or stiffness
  • Shifting joint pains
  • Muscle pain or cramps
  • Poor muscle coordination, loss of reflexes
  • Loss of muscle tone, muscle weakness
Neurologic System:
  • Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
  • Burning/stabbing sensations in the body
  • Burning in feet
  • Weakness or paralysis of limbs
  • Tremors or unexplained shaking
  • Seizures, stroke
  • Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
  • Increased motion sickness, wooziness
  • Lightheadedness, fainting
  • Encephalopathy (cognitive impairment from brain involvement)
  • Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the protective membrane around the brain)
  • Encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord)
  • Academic or vocational decline
  • Difficulty with multitasking
  • Difficulty with organization and planning
  • Auditory processing problems
  • Word finding problems
  • Slowed speed of processing
Skin Problems:
  • Benign tumor-like nodules
  • Erethyma Migrans (rash)
General Well-being:
  • Decreased interest in play (children)
  • Extreme fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion
  • Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
  • Flu-like symptoms (early in the illness)
  • Symptoms seem to change, come and go
Other Organ Problems:
  • Dysfunction of the thyroid (under or over active thyroid glands)
  • Liver inflammation
  • Bladder & Kidney problems (including bed wetting)

When to suspect Lyme: