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Symptoms of Lyme Disease

What are some of the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Lyme disease manifests itself as a multi-system inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later stages.

If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, it is almost always cured. Generally, Lyme disease in its later stages can also be treated effectively, but because the rate of disease progression and individual response to treatment varies from one person to the next, some may have symptoms that linger for months or even years. In rare instances, it causes permanent damage.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease include:

Lyme Disease, rash from a tick bite.

Rash. A distinct reddish rash, which looks similar to an archery bulls-eye (this is a result of the tick bite). The rash may be warm to the touch, but it is not uncomfortable and does not require special treatment. When antibiotics begin to rid the body of infection, the rash will clear up.

Sore throat. You may experience a sore throat that causes you to clear your throat a lot, excess phlegm, hoarseness, and a runny nose.

Mild to extreme fatigue. Lack of energy is the most common symptom. Itís a persistent fatigue that's different from normal tiredness and that isn't necessarily relieved by rest.

Fever and chills. Your fever may be slight to high (you can check your temperature yourself) and you may experience chills in between.

Headache is a common symptom of Lyme Disease.

Headache and stiff neck. Recurring headaches or fainting, which can be further exaggerated by a stiff neck.

Muscle pain. Myositis is an inflammation of the muscles. You may experience muscle pain with or without joint swelling, which very common with the disease.

Joint pain. Joint pains are common and precede Lyme arthritis (if the Lyme disease is left untreated). The joint pain and inflammation is most predominant in the knees. Sometimes joint inflammation can persist even after the bacteria is destroyed. This is because of your bodyís ongoing autoimmune response causing inflammation that was initially stimulated by the original infection.

Neurological issues. This may include problems with memory, mood, or sleep and sometimes problems speaking.

Nausea and vomiting. Approximately 10 percent of people infected with Lyme disease will experience nausea and vomiting.

Paralysis. An inability to control the muscles of the face (paralysis of the facial nerves), which can progress to partial facial nerve paralysis (Bell's palsy).

Conjunctivitis. Pink eye or sometimes damage to deep tissue in the eyes

Are there any complications?

If Lyme disease is left undiagnosed and untreated, more advanced and complicated symptoms can arise, such as:

  • Chronic Lyme arthritis. Arthritis can develop over time, which causes recurring episodes of swelling, redness, and fluid buildup in one or more joints that last up to 6 months at a time.
  • Bakerís cysts. Baker's cysts usually arise from almost any form of knee arthritis and cartilage (particularly the meniscus) tear. Baker's cysts can be associated with Lyme's disease.
  • Heart problems. Occasional rapid heartbeats (palpitations) and inflammation or, in rare cases, serious heart problems.
  • Brain inflammation. Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord (encephalomyelitis) or membranes surrounding the brain (meningitis) can also arise if Lyme disease is left untreated.

If you receive a tick bite or even if you're unsure if you've been bitten, but suddenly experience the above symptoms, go see your doctor immediately.

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