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MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS

This is hours of work to help you identify and start to recognize symptoms that may be specific to Lyme and a few common co-infections. Some can present similar but certain symptoms are more specific. The symptoms they share are listed at the bottom.


MOST COMMON LYME SYMPTOMS


Many symptoms of Borrelia and different co-infections can be similiar and a mixture of what we find in many of them. They all have their more prominent signs.


We hope this list helps you determine what is what. Please also see our Babesia and Bartonella MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS below as well.


If Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, the spirochetes spread and go into hiding in different parts of the body. Weeks, months or even years later, the patient may develop problems with the brain, nervous system, circulation, muscles/joints, heart, digestion, reproductive system, and skin.


TOP SYMPTOMS: (alphabetical order)


BELLS PALSY

BULLS EYE RASH (ACUTE SIGN)

BRAIN FOG

DIZZINESS

*FATIGUE

FLU LIKE FEELING (no memory of being exposed and not flu season is a red flag)

EYE FLOATERS

HEADACHES

JOINT SWELLING

LYME CARDITIS

MIGRATING ARTHRITIS

NERVOUS SYSTEM ISSUES

*PAIN (spread throughout the body. It also can be muscle-related and fibromyalgia-like)

SLEEP ISSUES

STIFF NECK

TREMORS


We have seperate posts on most of these symptoms if you want to read about any of these symptoms in detail. Simply scroll to the symptom under the directory here:



MOST COMMON BABESIA SYMPTOMS


Although a few symptoms do overlap between different infections, these are the most common symptoms for Babesia resourced from experts on Lyme and co-infections. As someone who had deeply struggled with Babesia, I really identify a lot with this list. This list also coincides when I had lab proof that Babesia was running the show.


Air hunger

Anemia

Anxiety

*Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction

Bladder difficulties (difficulty

starting stream or incontinence )

Bowel-motility issues (constipation and occasional diarrhea)

Brain fog(cognitive impairment)

Chest pain

Depression

*Dizziness/vertigo

Fatigue

Fevers

Head symptoms (weird sensations and pressure in the head)

*Heat intolerance

Insomnia

*Low blood pressure

Migraines (Bart migraines are known to be more severe)

Muscle/ joint aches

Nausea

Night sweats / chills

Pain/numbness/temperature extremes (in wrists, hands, ankles and feet)

*POTS (please see this post to understand the symptoms)*symptoms can all be connected


Note: In general, Babesia does not cause severe pain in the body unless the patient has issues with detoxing properly. Pain is usually due to another problem and not from Babesia itself. However, muscle aches are common in Babesia. I am sure many of us have felt the distinct difference between extreme pain and having muscle aches.


We have seperate posts on most of these symptoms if you want to read about any of these symptoms in detail. Simply scroll to the symptom under the directory here:


BABESIA VIDEO


MOST COMMON BARTONELLA SYMPTOMS


Although a few symptoms do overlap between different infections, these are the most common symptoms for Bartonella resourced from experts on Lyme and co-infections.


See our Bartonella education post and YouTube video towards bottom.


I am listing the top symptoms first as these are very specific to Bartonella.


1. Pain in soles of feet, shin bones as well


2. Musculoskeletal pain (arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone pain, joint hypermobility, muscle weakness, muscle twitching (dominant characteristic of Bartonella)(often sharp and severe)


3. Psychiatric issues (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, agitation, mood swings, suicidal thoughts or ideation, rage, low stress tolerance, OCD, hallucinations, disconnection/dissociation)


4. Swollen lymph nodes


5. Stretch mark like rash called straie.


6. Headaches and ice pick-like pain (occipital areas of the head; the back of the head and neck are generally painful)


7. Urogenital problems (Irritable bladder , IC, kidney disease, pelvic pain, and infertility)


Other Common symptoms associated with Bartonella:


Anemia, low platelets (thrombocytopenia)


Cognitive impairment


Cough (Unexplained)


Dysautonomia/POTS


Eye issues (blurred vision, irritated, dry red eyes etc)


Fatigue (can be severe)


Fevers (Low grade)


Gastritis (most cases of gastritis that aren’t caused by Helicobacter pylori infections are caused by Bartonella)


Insomnia


Intestinal function impaired(Loose stools, constipation, Nausea)


Liver and spleen inflammation (thick blood, elevated liver enzymes, enlarged liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly, pain under the ribcage)


Neuropathy-peripheral (numbness, tingling in hands, feet)


Seizures


Sore throat. (periodically awaken with sore throats that go away quickly)


Teeth and jaw ( Demineralization, causing chronic face and neck pain, transient tooth pain)(bartonella infections are associated with higher rates of root canals (due to compromise of small vessels supplying the tooth).


Tremors


Vascular system issues such as infection of cells lining the heart (endocarditis), leading to chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, and, in some cases, damage to heart valves)


Vertigo (balance issues)


BARTONELLA VIDEO


We have seperate posts on most of these symptoms if you want to read about any of these symptoms in detail. Simply scroll to the symptom under the directory here:


SHARED SYMPTOMS OF LYME AND CO-INFECTIONS:

Anxiety

Auto immune

Cognitive impairment

Depression

Fatigue

Feeling sick/flu-like

Fever

Gut issues

Headache

Heart symptoms

Joint and muscle pain

Sleep issues

Urinary/Bladder problems


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