Lyme Disease Symptoms

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by carebelle, May 24, 2006.

  1. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    This is not meant to be used as a diagnostic scheme, but is provided to streamline the office interview. Note the format- complaints referable to specific organ systems are clustered to better display multisystem involvement.
    NAME_______________________________________DATE__________________

    RISK PROFILE (PLEASE CHECK)
    Tick infested area__ Frequent outdoor activities__ Hiking__ Fishing__ Camping__
    Gardening__ Hunting__ Ticks noted on pets__ Other household members with Lyme__

    Do you remember being bitten by a tick?.............. No__ Yes__ when________
    Do you remember having the "bull's eye rash"? ..No__ Yes__
    Any other rash?................................…................... No__ Yes__

    Have you had any of the following? CIRCLE ALL YES ANSWERS
    1.Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
    2.Unexplained weight change- (loss or gain- circle one)
    3.Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
    4.Unexplained hair loss
    5.Swollen glands: list areas_________________________________________
    6.Sore throat
    7.Testicular pain/pelvic pain
    8.Unexplained menstrual irregularity
    9.Unexplained milk production; breast pain
    10.Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
    11.Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
    12.Upset stomach or abdominal pain
    13.Change in bowel function- (constipation, diarrhea)
    14.Chest pain or rib soreness
    15.Shortness of breath, cough
    16.Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
    17.Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
    18.Joint pain or swelling: list joints_________________________________________________
    19.Stiffness of the joints or back
    20.Muscle pain or cramps
    21.Twitching of the face or other muscles
    22.Headache
    23.Neck creaks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
    24.Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains, skin hypersensitivity
    25.Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
    26.Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
    27.Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
    28.Increased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
    29.Lightheadedness, wooziness, unavoidable need to sit or lie down
    30.Tremor
    31.Confusion, difficulty in thinking
    32.Difficulty with concentration, reading
    33.Forgetfulness, poor short term memory, poor attention, problem absorbing new information
    34.Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
    35.Difficulty with speech or writing; word or name block
    36.Mood swings, irritability, depression
    37.Disturbed sleep- too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening
    38.Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

    Reprinted with permission from ADVANCED TOPICS IN LYME DISEASE Fourteenth Edition November, 2002 DIAGNOSTIC HINTS AND TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR LYME AND OTHER TICK BORNE ILLNESSES
    JOSEPH J. BURRASCANO JR., M.D. Copyright, November, 2002

    For complete Burrascano Guidelines:
    http://www.lymenet.org/DrB-GuidelinesNov2002.doc


  2. jarjar

    jarjar New Member

    Thanks for posting carebelle. Seems I hear most of these symptoms talked about on this site so often. As they say Lyme is the great imitator. So many misdiagnosed people.
  3. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    you know, there is so much overlap with other diseases caused by stealth pathogens...

    I seriously wonder if those with lyme or mycoplasma or ____(fill in the blank) don't also have at least one other coinfection, which would explain a lot of these overlaps. I know that it is more common than not at least with Lyme at least.

    Good checklist!

    Victoria
  5. ANNXYZ

    ANNXYZ New Member

    and was told I have CFIDS / Fm . My lyme testsin 96 were " negative" . I did not have arthritis , just felt I had a horrible infection and severe muscle aches and spasms . The old tests , even then were reputed to be unreliable.

    I never had a bullseye rash , and did not think lyme was a possibility . I was in shock when I saw the test results with my own eyes this past year . The picture we have in our minds of lyme is often not accurate . The ilads (dotorg)
    website has great information . MANY MANY people who are walking around sick as dogs , and who post here have lyme .

    Now that there are more sophisticated tests that are accurate ( Igenex western blot ) many folks are posting a lyme diagnosis . I hate to beat a dead horse , but I sincerely wish each person with FM/ CFIDS would get an Igenex test .