"Many Lyme patients remember the last day they felt well".
Late  Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Fever, chills
  • Swollen glands
  • Migratory pain
  • Sore throat
  • Stiff neck
  • Rash - bullseye, or other shape, or multiple rashes     

    These may appear weeks, months, even years
    after the bite:

    Body
  • Migratory pain
  • Continual flu-like symptoms'
  • Low-grade temperatures
  • Muscle weakness and pain
  • Numbness
  • Stiff, crunchy neck
  • Sore throat, swollen glands
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Anorexia
  • Unexplained, weight gain
    or weight loss

    Neurological
  • Migraines
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Poor coordination
  • Paralysis
  • Meningitis
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Seizures
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Tremors
  • Tourettes

    The Links below will take you directly to sites
    with excellent information and resources.

    *  Lyme Disease Association
    Dedicated to educating about Lyme Disease, and supporting
    research into treatment. Publications available at no or low
    cost, online or by ordering. Provides a physician list for
    patients seeking a lyme literate doctor.

    * Lyme Disease Network
    Includes best general online support and information
    sharing message board, excellent set of links. Includes
    section to help find Lyme literate physicians and file area.
    Sponsored by Lyme Disease Association.

    *  Lyme Treatment Guidelines By Joseph J. Burrascano, M.D.
    Print this out and provide  a copy to your primary care
    providers   Dr. Burrascano is a prominant Lyme specialist on
    the many factors involved in diagnosing and treating Chronic
    Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. This is not the
    only approach, but gives an excellent systematic approach to
    diagnosis and treatment options. Updated September 2005.
    The paper is available in pdf format for offline reading and
    printing.

    * ILADS International Lyme and Associated Diseases  
    Society
    The leading international group for information on Lyme and
    other tick related diseases
    Neuropsychiatric:
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Cognitive/Memory Loss
  • Mental deterioration
  • Depression
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty organizing

    Heart
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Palpitations
  • Heart Block
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Chest Pain

    Pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature birth        
  • Birth defects
LYME  SYMPTOMS
Lyme disease is called the "Great Imitator". It's often misdiagnosed as M.S., Lou Gehrig's disease,
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression, and many other diseases.

    Lyme Disease affects each person differently. The common symptoms listed below  may appear 48 hours to weeks after an infected tick bite.

    Since no currently available test is definitive in ruling in or ruling out Lyme disease, physicians must make a clinical diagnosis by reviewing patient
    history and symptoms. However, having one or more of these symptoms does not ensure that you have Lyme disease!

    A typical pattern of disease onset occurs several days, weeks, or month after an infected tick bite. A person usually experiences "flu like"
    symptoms such as muscle and joint aches and pains, a low-grade fever, and/or fatigue. Many will notice a rash form around the location of the
    bite, however Lyme may still be present even if no rash forms. If a rash does form, it will usually appear within the first week, but it can take up to a
    month to appear. The rash may be circular in shape and will often continue to grow, taking on the appearance of a "bulls-eye". However, there may
    be multiple rashes, or of different shapes. It is often diagnosed as spider bites, or poison ivy.

    As Lyme Disease progresses, a person may experience unrelenting fatigue, fibromyalgia -like symptoms, facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy), liver
    and/or spleen enlargement, severe headaches (migraines) and abnormalities in heart rate and rhythm. In the latest stages of Lyme Disease
    severe cognitive impairment can occur with continued fatigue, joint pain or swelling, stabbing and/or burning sensations, Tourettes, seizures,
    persistent backache, stiff neck, degenerative muscle and nerve disease as well as permanent disability. Lyme disease can be passed
    congenitally from mother to child, causing miscarriages, stillbirths and birth defects. It can be fatal.
Iowa Lyme Disease Association-Education
P.O. Box 221
Brighton, IA  52540
Email: iowalymedisease@yahoo.com
Early  Symptoms