It's a really good list. I'll have to add it to "Important Info on Lyme and Co's"....
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That is a very helpful list but there are a few important symptoms left out. Babesia can cause over sleeping. It also causes pain and awful cramps in the large muscles like the thighs and back.
Bartonella often causes muscle twitching. It can lower platelets and raise VEGF. In my opinion the emotional/psychological symptoms of bartonella are worse than babesia. Depersonalization, not feeling connected and having no motivation is a big part of it. So is irritation with outbursts of rage and through the roof anxiety.
I think one of the best ways to tell if it is bart is by looking at your skin. Other skin symptoms are peas size brown spots intermixed with areas with no pigmentation making the skin look mottled (like an old persons). Also crusty moles, skin tags, the striations that look like stretch marks, marks that look like stacked clams or chicken wire and swelling that does not leave a dent when pressed (not true edema).
It often causes people to be overweight. It causes bladder pain and frequent urination. Bartonella affects the teeth and gums causing tooth decay and gum disease. It attacks the periosteum especially on the shins, causing burning aching pain. This left lumps along the shins for me.
Bartonella can attack the pancreas causing diabetes. In a vet study in the UK, 44% of cats with bartonella developed diabetes. The study said it can also cause diabetes in humans. Depending upon where you live, up to 50% of cats are infected with bartonella (hence cat Scratch). Worse in the south where there are fleas. It is also carried by the white footed mouse. Most cats are asymptomatic.