- Lyme disease can cause physical, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms.
- Symptoms may come and go from week to week, day to day, or even during the day.
- They can vary in intensity throughout the day.
- A person can suddenly get a terrible pain in the knee. It may be fine in a few minutes, and then the elbow may suddenly hurt intensely.
- A headache may last for years but may vary in intensity throughout the day.
- The ability to concentrate and to comprehend oral and written speech may vary throughout the day.
- Blurry vision may come and go from day to day.
- Lyme can affect the brain, heart, vision, and hearing.
- People can suddenly not recognize familiar places.
Speaking and Conversation Problems
Conversation problems can come and go throughout the day.
It can be difficult to:
- Think of the right words to say.
- Put words in the right order in sentences.
- Hold a thought long enough to finish a sentence.
- Episodes of stuttering and jumbled speech can occur.
Mood and Psychiatric Symptoms
- Personality changes
- Mood swings
- Violent outbursts
- Visual and/or auditory hallucinations
- Panic attacks
- Sudden suicidal impulses
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- A wide variety of psychiatric disorders
When these conditions are caused by Lyme disease, antibiotic treatment often helps tremendously.