Once Lyme disease progresses beyond localised infection to migrate to other areas of the body, it can quickly begin to attack various vital organs and body system. As a result, the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease can be extremely varied, depending on which body systems are affected, and to what degree. The wide range of chronic Lyme disease symptoms often mimic the symptoms of other disease. (Singleton, 2008) For this reason chronic Lyme disease is often called ‘The Great Imitator’

Among these symptoms are:

  • Artitis like joint pain and swelling (especially migrating joint symptoms)
  • Brain fog (with poor concentration, focus, attention and memory)
  • Poor sleep
  • Back Pain
  • Light sensitivity and/or blurred vision
  • Ear symptoms (hearing loss, ringing in ears, noise, sensitivity)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Facial paralysis (especially Bell’s palsy)
  • Headache (both severe (migraine type) and mild)
  • Impaired muscle coordination
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Memory Loss (especially short term)
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Muscle weaknesses
  • Nerve symptoms (described as numbness, tingling, burning, vibrating or shooting pain)

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Singleton K. (2008). The Lyme Disease Solution. Charleston, SC: BookSurge.