Symptoms of Lyme vary depending on the person, and on the length of infection. Generally they increase in number and severity over time, although some people experience remission and relapses.

Early symptoms resemble flu, but late stage symptoms have been known to include:

  • fatigue
  • swollen glands
  • fevers
  • joint pain/stiffness/swelling
  • muscle pain/cramps/weakness
  • confusion and difficulty thinking
  • poor short term memory
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • tremors/spasms/seizures
  • headaches
  • light sensitivity
  • sound sensitivity (hyperacusis) and tinnitus
  • blurred vision
  • vertigo
  • paralysis of parts of the body
  • changed sleep patterns
  • bladder problems
  • digestive problems
  • air hunger
  • heart palpitations
  • chest pain
  • night sweats


Many people also notice that their symptoms worsen in a 4 week cycle and are particularly bad after exertion or after alcohol.




(Symptom list adapted from Dr Burrascano and Dr Horowitz)