Symptoms I experience

I don’t even know where to begin to create my “Before Lyme” Page – so I will tell you want I know has happened that has become clear in my “Post Lyme” state:

  • Autoimmune (Hashimoto’s) thyroiditis – diagnosed in Spring 2011 – had a TSH of 116
  • Reoccurring Sinus Infections
  • Post-viral infection syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • ADHD
  • Depression


I was pretty sure that I was depressed and attributed all of my growing list of symptoms to the depression. As a result, I started on a huge host of antidepressants and thought that once I got my depression in check, I’d be “normal” again. That never happened.

At the culmination of my illness, I had all of the following symptoms:

(thank you to fatigue for putting these down – I have used her list as my template to help me articulate what I’ve been dealing with)

  • Exercise intolerance
  • Migrating joint pain (knees, elbows, shoulders, back)
  • Sore and achy muscles
  • Raised and sore muscle knots
  • Unstable blood sugar
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog (mental confusion)
  • Difficulty speaking- struggle to complete sentences, word-finding, slight stuttering
  • Mystery  rash on my feet which is debilitating and painful
  • Migraine headaches that were sometimes difficult to sleep through
  • Inflamed and painful nerves on my skull and jaw
  • Ringing in both of my ears
  • TMJ pain
  • Muscle/eye twitches- electric shock kind of feeling that would make them twitch
  • Clumsiness/poor fine-motor skills
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen, red, and painful toes
  • Nausea, poor appetite
  • New food allergies: gluten
  • Extremely painful menstruation (diagnosed as Stage 3 endometriosis)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Very cold hands and feet
  • Swollen and painful lymph nodes
  • Recurrent sinus infections (had not had a single one my entire life prior to this)
  • Air hunger- feeling like I can’t breathe or get enough oxygen
  • Involuntary twitching of my head
  • Extreme sensitivity to noise
  • A feeling of vibrating in my head and body

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