- 1.Lyme Disease Treatment
- 2.Not all bull’s-eye rashes are Lyme Disease
- 3.Self-Assessment for Lyme Disease
- 4.A story about Lyme disease testing and the Western blot
- 5.Lyme testing: PCR is looking for bug bits
- 6.Preventing Tick-Borne Illness
- 7.Find a tick? Have it Tested.
- 8.Tick Bite Scenario
- 9.Lyme Disease Tests
Lyme Disease Symptoms and a Self-Scoring Questionnaire
Common Symptoms Related to Lyme Disease
Does your story include some of the symptoms of Lyme disease? Check out the symptoms below, and if you’re the type of person who likes to take self-assessments, download the questionnaire at the bottom. Lyme disease is characterized by a combination of the following:
- Red circular “bullseye” rash around the site of the bite
- Joint and muscle pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
Signs in the days to weeks after a bite
- Rashes on other areas of the body
- Loss of muscle tone in the face
- Severe headache and neck stiffness
- Pain and swelling in the joints
- Shooting pains
- Sleep interruption due to pain
- Heart palpitations and dizziness
What about an unexplained illness that features joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, or other misery-making symptoms?
Lyme disease and co-infection tests are often inaccurate or expensive or both. One tool that can be helpful is the following questionnaire. It was given to me by John Coleman, ND. Dr. Coleman is a veteran Australian physician who treats a lot of Lyme and Lyme co-infection disease. He took a longer questionnaire that was developed by Horowitz and modified it. The first link is the test and the second link will teach you how to score it.
Like any questionnaire, the result is not diagnostic. A high score doesn’t mean you have Lyme disease or some other chronic infection. However, a high score does mean that you need to investigate the possibility.
How to test for Lyme Disease