Lyme disease symptoms can vary from patient to patient. Not everybody can pinpoint the time they were likely infected, as the nymphal ticks are so tiny. Also, although the Lyme disease rash, a bullseye rash is considered a classic sign of Lyme disease, it doesn’t present in every patient we see.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Unusual skin rashes
- Achy with fluctuations in temperature like you were coming down with the flu
- Fainting spells
- Swollen glands
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations or chest pain
- Severe headaches
- Facial weakness or paralysis
- Stiff neck
- Swelling or pain in your joints
- Excessive fatigue
- Brain fog or memory loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Digestion issues
- Nerve tingling, numbness or pain
If you relate to these, you should make an appointment with a functional medicine doctor who specializes in Lyme disease and be tested.
Many people develop Lyme disease symptoms years later, after they were initially infected. Untreated Lyme disease can have serious repercussions on your health, so it is important to get treatment if you know you have likely been exposed to ticks.
The longer you have Lyme disease, the higher the levels of neurotoxins in your body, and the more your cell tissues are under attack.5 Often, patients experience monthly flare-ups, which reflects the bacteria’s life cycle.