Brief descriptions and explanatory notes of symptoms
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Current Symptom P Detailed Description intern-
Acrodermatitis chronica Swelling with reddish-violet skin rash, initially puffy swelling, bluey-red X
atrophicans coloured, later atrophied (shrunken) paper-thin, transparent in appear-
ance – earlobes, hands, scrotum, calves, feet.
Alcohol intolerance Often reported, tending to lead to abstinence.
Allergic maxillary sinusit- Non-healing infections, formation of cysts.
Amnesic aphasia (diffi- Speech problems, sufferer struggles to find the appropriate words to ex- x
culty to find the correct press himself or cannot remember what he wanted to say, names slip
word(s)) one’s mind etc. Friends may distance themselves increasingly with time
which potentially leads to social isolation.
Anxiety Belief in one’s abilities drops with increase in symptoms. General state
of anxiousness or due to extreme pain and/or heart arrhythmia a fear of
Apathy Loss of interest and initiative, loss of interest in hobbies and career, X
simple decisions become difficult, urgent tasks are put to one side, de-
manding situations are avoided, social isolation due to lethargy.
Bladder dysfunction Permanent urgency, bladder infections, urinary tract infections including x
Bloodshot eyes Blood vessels stand out unnaturally, making the eyes swell and appear
inflamed. Combined with other symptoms third parties can believe the
sufferer is depressed or in grief.
Blurred/hazy vision Thousands of moving spots like snow; tunnel vision.
Borreliosis psychosis The delusive idea to suffer from a chronic Lyme Disease infection after
proper antibiotic treatments, no medical confirmation by a medical doc-
Brain fog, numbness On waking, feeling of excessive alcohol consumption on previous x
evening. Clear thoughts are difficult and structured actions are diffi-
Breast pain Specific to women: pressure, touch sensitivity. Karl Hüsing listed this
symptom in 2004.
Burning, stinging, crawl- Sensory disturbance, so-called paraesthesia – feeling of pins and x
ing sensations needles, stroking of forearm provokes pain, stabbing pain in torso, heart,
lungs, stomach, spleen, liver, …
Candida infections of the Susceptibility to Candida infections. Particularly likely to occur during x
skin antibiotic therapy and may require additional treatment. Compare: “Fluc-
onazole“ and the “Fluconazole-Study“.
Circulatory disorders Generally unspecific, resulting in weakening of the whole organism;
shortness of breath, increased need for rest, slowness in carrying out
daily activities. At the same time the heart beat rate is very high. Meas-
urable as beats per minute. Responds to therapy.
Cognitive problems Decision making ability greatly reduced, inability to follow conversa- x
tions leading to reduced involvement, reduced driving ability, normal
straightforward logical problem solving becomes difficult/impossible,
avoidance taking on additional responsibilities. Unspecific
symptomatology but using specific testing techniques measurable.
Comprehension problems Failure to understand the content of a sentence, resulting in one sentence x
when reading being read repeatedly. The heavier the symptoms the more reduced the
ability to concentrate.
Confusion Brain fog; the feeling that one’s head is full of cotton wool. x
Cough Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Creeping sensations Creeping sensations in the extremities, as if (part of) limb has gone to x
sleep. This symptom often occurs at night time.
Delusive parasitosis The delusive idea to suffer from a chronic microbiotic infection with no
medical confirmation by a medical doctor.
Depression Inability to carry on with profession; social isolation, breakdown of rela-
tionships, lack of positive medical prognosis.
Diarrhoea Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Concentration problems Inability to concentrate leading to unemployability. Even easy tasks be- x
come a challenge e.g. writing a letter, reading a book, having a conver-
sation on the phone, tidying a room. It takes a much extended length of
time to get started, carry out and finish even small tasks and often they
are too much and are just left.
Difficulty swallowing This symptom occurs together with a sore throat and neck pain. The x
sufferer has difficulties swallowing – this symptom is located on a
clearly defined area. Swallowing raises the level of pain. Also reflux.
Disorientation Getting lost, walking the wrong way, no overview of important appoint-
ments or where one left their keys or wallet etc.
Ear/hearing Buzzing, whistling, pain, sensitivity to noise, tinnitus, inflammation of
the middle ear.
Emotional instability The sufferer tends to become upset and cries easily, gets annoyed
quickly, tantrums are possible etc.
Energy during the day Lack of or no motivation - can’t see things through, no stamina, no drive x
to straightforward carry out essential tasks like e.g. brushing teeth. In ex-
treme cases leading to a bed-bound life.
Energy upon waking Extreme feeling of tiredness directly after getting up which forces the x
sufferer to sit or lie down immediately or even to return to bed.
Erythema migrans (EM) EM is the typical pathognomonic symptom of an initiating Borrelia-in-
fection. Focal, red dermatological reaction/phenomenon which seems to
move, also known as bull’s eye rash.
Exhaustion An unnatural level of exhaustion can already be experienced directly x
after an extended period of rest. E.g. awaking in the morning and feeling
the need to go straight back to bed, when possible.
Fever, extremely high Nightly fever attacks which include extremely high temperatures, heavy
and frequent sweating and exhaustion. Days are more regenerative than nights. This is
a typical pathognomonic symptom of a recent Borrelia-infection and is a
natural immune reaction.
Fever, inability to pro- The immune system is not able to create a high temperature “purging”
duce satisfactorily fever anymore. Harming bacteria are suspected of blocking the body’s
natural ability to create fevers in order to protect themselves.
Eyes, glaucoma Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Facial palsy Numbness of cheeks, forehead and/or temples; swelling, loss of con- x
trol over facial-muscles, distorted facial expression etc.
Fatigue Unbearable fatigue during the daytime that can lead e.g. to the sufferer x
falling asleep whilst reading or watching a film.
Fatigue – mornings The documentation of the fatigue perception in the mornings, afternoons x
Fatigue – afternoons and evenings can be useful in making a diagnosis. Additionally the suf-
Fatigue – evenings ferer can document times of awakening and dormancy. A lack of sleep
weakens the immune system. The sleep/wake cycle is controlled by hor-
mones. These hormones are produced in the epiphysis. As the brain is in-
fected the hormone production becomes out of sync.
Food intolerance Sudden intolerance to certain foods which were well tolerated before.
Occurrence of various digestive problems e.g. nausea, vomiting,
diarrhoea, constipation etc.
Foot pain Pain and swelling of the toes, ball of the foot and ankle. x
Forgetfulness, which can Particularly a restriction in short term memory; the sufferer forgets im- x
be noticed by those portant appointments, cannot remember names, loses things etc.
Hair loss Extreme loss of hair, which is always accompanied by other symptoms.
Headaches Unexpected attacks which can remain for hours or even days; from per- x
manent light to extreme pressure, leaving the sufferer absolutely incapa-
citated. On top of that the sufferer generally has to endure more than
just this one symptom.
Hearing loss, (acute) Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Heart pains See Pericarditis x
Heart rhythm disturbance Irregular heart-beat, quick short beats followed by extremely long
(arrhythmia) pauses. Loss of a stable rhythm.
Hiatus hernia Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Hormones Karl Hüsing, „Borreliose – Krank nach Zeckenbiss – Wege zur
Heilung“, 2004, 3. Auflage, S.33 (“Borreliosis – Ill After Tick Bite –
Ways To Recover“, 2004, 3. edition, p. 33)
Inappropriate aggression Person can psychologically or physically overreact to demanding situ-
Indigestion Constipation, diarrhoea, cramps, bleedings, permanent paraesthesia be- x
cause of blocked defecation, chronic cramping of the gastrointestinal
Inflammation of joints Arthritis-like symptoms including suspicion of rheumatism in hands, el- x
bows, knees etc…
Internet Borreliosis The delusive idea to suffer from a chronic Borreliosis infection with no
medical confirmation by a medical doctor as a result of the patient’s in-
Intestinal pain Diffuse, difficult to locate pains. x
Irregular menstrual cycle The cycle is not regular making it difficult to be prepared.
Joint pain / elbows Pains of inflammation partly including overheating and reddening of x
Joint pain / hands Hands are stiff in the mornings, swollen, immobile and unusable. The x
normal function of the hands returns only after specific exercise.
Joint pain / hips Walking becomes painful and difficult, sitting upright becomes rapidly x
unbearable, - trying to find a comfortable position leads to ridiculous
postures, driving or sitting in a car can become a torture.
Joint pain / knees The pain can “jump“ to and fro between the knees in just an hour, but x
also inflammation, overheating, reddening and swelling can occur and
stay for days, weeks and even months.
Joint pain / neck Extreme pains which can often be comparable to the pain of a herniated x
disc. This neck pain is a typical symptom of a chronic/persistent Borrelia
infection but cannot be medically verified and sedated like a herniated
Joint pain / shoulder Racking pains in the shoulders which severely restrict the ability to
move the arms or even the upper part of the body.
Joint pain / spine The spine feels stiff, grates and clicks – in particular the cervical spine, x
the lower part of the spine and the lumbar region.
Lack of stamina Walking, cycling, team sports, work, even brushing one’s teeth is x
avoided. The more severe the symptoms the greater the immobility.
Light sensitivity Direct sunlight can be very aggravating and leads to the sufferer retreat-
ing from outdoor activities.
Liver pain Can occur as light prickling below the rips on the right and can increase x
to stabbing sensations with every breath causing the sufferer to take
short sniffs rather than breathing normally.
Loss/lack of libido Related to other hormone regulated systems like sleep rhythm.
Weight loss/gain Weight loss or gain can occur e.g. because of a change in diet or because
of hormonal changes.
Low blood sugar Hypoglycaemia, Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Lymph nodes Swollen and painful. x
MCS -Multiple Chemical Karl Hüsing listed this symptom in 2004.
Meningitis The meninges appear to be a convenient milieu for the Borrelia bac- x
teria. The consequences are typically concentration problems, forgetful-
ness, headaches, migraine-like symptoms, nausea etc.
Migraine Occurs in attacks lasting hours, days or even weeks – extreme x
headaches including sensations of inflammation and overpressure.
Every heartbeat causes throbbing inside the head. Total inability to
carry on normally resulting in retreat from all daily activities.
Mood swings Mood can vary extremely. Manic-depressive disorders, suddenly chan-
ging expressions of aggression, grief or lethargy. This symptom depends
on many factors and on the person’s character. It is not a typical
pathognomonic symptom for a Borrelia infection.
Muscular pains Muscle cramps which can occur everywhere at the same time or in spe- x
cific locations – in the calves, compressor, shoulders, hands etc.
Neck pain See joint pain/neck x
Sleep disturbances The sleep/wake cycle, which is hormone controlled, becomes disturbed x
so that the sufferer may wake up in the middle of the night feeling wide
awake and not able to fall asleep again for hours. This is followed by fa-
tigue attacks during the day.
Night sweats Sweat attacks that occur during the night and are not explainable, -
see also fever.
Pain in meninges Permanent shooting sensations of pain under the scalp. x
Palpitations Palpitations and abnormal heartbeat can be so pronounced that they dis- x
turb sleep. It can take hours till the heartbeat eventually slows down to a
Paraesthesia Particularly concerning the skin: being touched or stroked (sensitively) x
can be a painful torture, as can warmth or chilliness. Numbness of face,
arms or legs.
Paralysis With similarities to MS, the sufferer might even end up in a wheel- x
chair. E.g. facial palsy and numbness of hands are very common and
often accompanied by creeping sensations.
Pelvic pain Accompanied by hip pain, difficulty walking, sitting upright quickly be-
comes unbearable, - trying to find a comfortable position leads to ridicu-
Pericarditis Inexplicable cardiac pains, heart aches (tachycardia) and palpitations oc-
curring most often at night can even cause fear of death. May feel similar
to a “weak heart“. This association plus any underlying causes have to be
taken into account.
Tetchiness Permanent exposure to pain can lead to a lack of tolerance and a tend-
ency to overreact. During an episode of severe pain the sufferer prefers
to withdraw from any demanding or difficult situations. Symptom too
Pins and needles in the Extremities go numb – loss of the sense of touch. Can occur more or x
extremities less severely, only for a few minutes or even having a long term im-
pact, leaving the sufferer wheelchair bound. No official figures known.
Pleurisy Stabbing pain in the chest, ribs feel sore, shortness of breath. x
Problems with the cranial x
nerves, facial nerve pares-
Production of milk Not explainable
Prostate, bladder prob- Pain, dull or stinging like suffering an inflammation of the bladder or x
lems the ureter. Permanent and useable as pathognomonic symptom for a
Restricted agility Increased level of symptoms lead directly to restricted movement. Ex- x
ample: neck, knee, hip, hand etc. Tying shoe laces or weeding difficult.
Sensitivity to smells Either overreaction to certain smells or the opposite – a total loss of the
sense of smell.
Shortness of breath Dyspnoea, even undemanding tasks like walking up a few stairs can lead
to the feeling that one is not able to get enough air.
Sleep/wake cycle Great fatigue possible at all times of the day; uncontrollable wakefulness x
during the night. See also: Hormones, impact of therapy, thistle.
Sore throat The throat hurts in general and the sufferer has difficulties swallowing x
– this symptom is related to the neck pain and located on a clearly
defined area. Swallowing provokes even more pain.
Stiffness of neck Feels like a pulled muscle in the area around the neck. The sufferer may x
only turn his head a tiny bit because the turning of the head causes pain
and is mechanically restricted. Cracking and shooting pains.
Stomach ache Regular stomach aches despite a healthy diet. x
Stomach complaints See stomach ache x
Tachycardia at night Abnormally fast heartbeat which can be felt so strongly and also so x
loudly that it disturbs the sleep. It can take hours till the heartbeat even-
tually slows down to a normal rate.
Tantrums Increased potential for aggression; sometimes the sufferer literally ex-
plodes due to some minor thing, gets annoyed easily. Also see mood
Teeth Teeth can die; the sufferer regularly gets increased maxillary sinusitis
more frequent treatment. But the sufferer tends to be lethargic and for-
gets about necessary dental care and hygiene.
Tremor Involuntary shivering or shaking of hands or legs. x
Tunnel vision The view gets restricted and narrower until the sufferer can only see
what happens right in front of them. The swollen face and the brain
symptomatology act negatively together during an attack.
Twitches Facial muscles and other body parts start twitching uncontrollably – x
without leading to pain.
Twitching muscles Uncontrollable twitching and wincing of muscles, possible in the facial
areas like the eyelid.
Vertigo Sudden giddiness, the feeling of being about to pass out, which increases x
the concern of losing control.
Weak immune Frequent occurring infections e.g. with Herpes virus, intestinal para-
system sites and/or Candida infections.
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