Signs & Symptoms
Like syphilis, Borrelia is a great imitator.
The clinical symptoms of chronic, stage 3 Lyme Borreliosis can imitate many chronic diseases including motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Borreliosis has a myriad of symptoms. These symptoms can start a week after a tick bite or much later, and include sinusitis, stiff neck, sweat attacks, muscle twitches, muscle weakness, involuntary jerking of limbs, arthritis, Bell’s palsy, cramps, paralysis, depression, brain fog, insomnia, balance problems, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, optic neuritis, nerve conduction defects, numbness, ECG (cardiac conduction) abnormalities, swallowing difficulties, tinnitus and more.
It can also be asymptomatic (no symptoms), the major determinants being the load and type of bacteria present and the immune status of the individual.
For a summary of the signs and symptoms of Lyme borreliosis, click here to download table.
A symptom assessment form and monitoring chart is also available for download here.
Growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme like illness for many Australian patients
On 12 November 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:
The growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme‑like illness for many Australian patients.