SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE MSIDS
Lyme disease has become commonly associated with joint pain and flu-like symptoms, the symptoms can imitate almost
any disease under the sun.
itchy arms, migraines and loose stools may not appear to have anything in common. That is why so many people can
become infected with Borrelia and not even realize it.
depression is so universal in our country that any stigma once associated with depression is long gone, and nobody
even raises an eyebrow when their doctor prescribes anti-depressants.
disease was first isolated, The Yale researchers focused on what they could see: the swollen joints and called the
illness Lyme Arthritis. However Polly Murraysuspected Lyme disease was causing prominent
neuropsychiatric symptoms in her neighbors. Dr. Fallon, who was chosen to head the Columbia Lyme Research
Center, made a home visit, interviewed her neighbors with Lyme disease, and then conducted a survey of over
1,000 people in the United States diagnosed with Lyme. The results surprised us; we learned that depression
occurred far more commonly in these Lyme disease patients than in patients with lupus or rheumatoid
As a person who suffers from chronic Lyme
disease myself I remember crying to my cousin in frustration after being diagnosed by a top Harvard Infectious
Disease doctor in Boston with depression and fibromyalgia, “Of course I’m depressed, I am so sick…I am in so much
pain…and I’ve been sick for over a month!” Little did I know then that I would be bedridden for 7 years and sick
The Lyme disease MSIDS epidemic is still growing and medical doctors are just beginning to understand some of the
to the ability of the disease to imitate just about any other disease, it is critical that a medical diary be
kept and every symptom recorded (no matter how depressing that may feel, it could help you get care faster and
In the last few years, the
answers are rolling in from research studies around the world. Lyme disease is a relapsing multi systemic
infectious disease syndrome – hence the acronym MSIDS now accepted by most Lyme-literate medical doctors and
researchers. It is rarely
a stand-alone infection, and in addition to the co-infections (SEE CO-INFECTIONS OF LYME DISEASE).
Horowitz who has treated over 12,000 patients from around the world, and other respected experts on Lyme disease,
have agreed that is a sixteen point differential when diagnosing the other systemic conditions that contribute to
the Lyme disease infectious “soup” that destroys a person’s health. This list is further explained in his new
book “Why Can't I Get Better?:
Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” published
1. Lyme disease and co-infections (from tick
2. Immune Dysfunction
4. Environmental Toxins
5. Functional Abnormalities and Nutritional
10. Sleep Disorders
11. Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction and POTS
(chronic low blood pressure)
14. Liver Dysfunction
16. Lack of
Lyme disease and tick-borne co-infections have enough complexity to drive even the most astute diagnostician” up
the wall” in frustration. Symptoms overlap, rashes can mimic others
and some may seem completely insignificant when if fact it may be a key clue. Or a rash that seems terribly important may be an allergic reaction having
nothing to do with the most important symptoms and diagnosis.
So although this list at first seems to further muddy the water, MSIDS is an important diagnosis tool to help
doctors to “see the forest through the trees”, or rather, to cross reference salient health conditions that could
hide, amplify or further complicate the long list of Lyme disease symptoms.
The following list should not be used to diagnose or rule out Lyme
disease. However, it is important to take these specific symptoms
under consideration when you evaluate your own condition and before you see your doctor, and to
make sure that your licensed medical practitioner is aware of all relevant medical information.
Lyme disease and co-infections can sometimes disable or increase mortality risk in patients of any age if not
diagnosed and treated early in the infection. Writings in the past fifteen years have either viewed Babesia and
Bartonella as mere "co-infections," of Lyme even though they may be far more serious and/or life threatening.
infection can hide for decades, and then possibly disable or kill a person by causing a clot, heart arrhythmia
or by other means.
you visit your Lyme expert for the first time, consider:
Weight loss or
gain in excess of 20 pounds in 12 weeks
round or oval rash with a dark center was or is present in a loose "bulls-eye pattern" or other size and shape
rashes that have no other cause after exposure to ticks and vectors
slow after scratches or surgery. For example, after a cat scratch, flea bite or tick bite the mark is still
Skin on arms,
hands or feet has a texture like rice paper.
and effect is seen with antibiotic treatment. Specifically, a marked improvement or worsening of a serious
medical problem or function is observed with a spirochete killing treatment, e.g., doxycycline, tetracycline,
minocycline, any penicillin such as amoxicillin, azithromycin, clarithromycin or cefuroxime.
skin tags, red papules of any size, excess blood vessels compared to peers, and stretch marks with color or in
significant excess of peers.
raised or hard plaques in excess of the few on normal skin
Areas of skin
with ulcerations such as those seen in syphilis, but at any location on the body
Areas of clear
hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation
Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans) which is a
sign of long term untreated Lyme disease. Some report ACA begins as a reddish-blue patch of discolored skin,
often of the hands or feet. It may include the back in some patients. The lesion slowly atrophies over months
to years, with many developing skin that is thin, dry, hairless, wrinkled and abnormally colored. The color of
the extremities such as hands and feet can be red, dark red, brown, dark blue or purple.
short-term memory is poor. For example, if asked to recall these numbers—23, 5, 76, 43 and 68—the patient
cannot recall them.
reverse four numbers, so if given—18, 96, 23 and 79—the patient cannot do it.
asked to subtract 17 from 120, (college graduate), it cannot be done in a timely manner. If a high school
graduate, subtract 7 from 100 and continue to subtract by 7 four times in 20 seconds.
headedness upon standing quickly in excess of peers, and with no clear cause
unrelated to position
worse by Lyme killing antibiotics
a nine step heel to toe straight line walk test with fingers slightly in pockets [The patient should not sway
or need their hands pulled out to prevent a fall]. In patients with past experience in skating, skiing, dance
or ballet this should be very easy and is rarely a challenge to such people. If it is not easy, it is
suspicious medically, but not only for Lyme disease.
performing a one leg lift, in which one leg is lifted 12-18 inches off the ground in front of you, as you
count, e.g., "one Mississippi, two Mississippi, etc."
nystagmus [your eye jerks when you look right or left]
Pets or farm animals positive
with ANY tick borne virus, bacteria or protozoa, or clinical symptoms without a clear diagnosis or
suspected of having or has been diagnosed with Babesia, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasma,
Lyme, Bartonella or other tick borne disease based on newer direct and indirect testing, or clinical signs and
A sibling, father, spouse or child with any
tick borne infection
Casual or work-related exposure to outdoor environments with
brush, wild grasses, wild streams or woods (Examples- golf courses, parks, gardens, river banks, swamps,
horses, dogs or cats, have had
outdoor exposures to areas
such as brush, wild grasses, wild streams or woods.
ticks in your past homes
to ticks during vacations or other travels
You played in
grass in the past.
You have been
bitten by fleas.
You have been
scratched by a cat or dog.
you had any of the following?
(deer, dog, or other)
Rash at site
of tick bite
other parts of your body
(basically circular - called "bulls-eye" rash) and spreading out
disappearing and returning
facial or other muscles
paralysis (Bell’s palsy)
nose, cheek, or face
painful neck, creaks and cracks
Jaw pain or
Pain in eyes,
or swelling around eyes
hearing in one or both ears
Pain in ears,
oversensitivity to sound
Ringing in one
or both ears
and Excretory Systems
bladder (trouble starting, stopping)
(nausea or pain)
Any joint pain
joints, back, neck
Muscle pain or
and Circulatory Systems
Chest pain or
or unexplained chills
palpitations or extra beats
stabbing sensations in the body
body, tingling, pinpricks
dizziness, difficulty walking
(getting or feeling lost)
Feeling as if
you are losing your mind
reactions, crying easily
Too much sleep
falling or staying asleep
(short or long term)
difficulty in thinking
with concentration or reading
Going to the
difficulty (slurred or slow)
to perform simple tasks
Loss of sex
menstrual pain, irregularity
breast pain, discharge
weight gain or loss
fevers (high- or low-grade)
infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
to change, come and go
(moves) to different body parts
experienced a flu-like illness, after which you have not since felt well
If you have symptoms in three or more of the bodily systems listed, you must face the fact that your body could be
waging war with the stealth bacteria known as Lyme disease MSIDS.