Ways to Identify Lyme Disease

Could it be Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is often called “The Great Imitator”

Lyme infection can mimic the following conditions:

  • MS
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • autistic-spectrum disorders (kids)
  • many other disorders


Because of Lyme’s ability to “disguise” itself as other conditions, diagnosing Lyme Disease based on symptoms can often be difficult.

 

Symptoms that can help to identify Lyme Disease include:

General
debilitating fatigue, insomnia, malaise, headaches, dizziness/ lightheadedness

Neurological
numbness, tingling, paralysis, Bells palsy, burning/ shooting pain, motor neuron impairment, optic neuritis, facial numbness

Cognitive
short-term memory loss, difficulty concentrating, lack of focus

Psycho-emotional
anxiety, depression, OCD, irritability

Musculoskeletal
joint/ muscle pain – migrating joint pain typical; muscle weakness, restless legs, stiff neck

Digestive
nausea, irritable bowel, abdominal pain

EENT
ringing in the ears, visual changes (blurriness etc), hearing loss

Cardiac
palpitations, arrhythmias

Genitourinary
pelvic pain, irritable bladder

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