Lyme disease symptons

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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You may have typed in “symptons”. This is commonly done when people are looking for Lyme disease symptoms. Let’s talk about Lyme disease.

Deer ticks are the vector that lead to Lyme disease. They can be so small that they are almost impossible to see. Therefore, many people with Lyme disease never see a tick.

The symptoms of Lyme disease include:

• A flat or slightly raised red lesion at the site of the tick bite (can be larger than 1 to 3 inches in diameter, often with a clear area in the center)
• Fever
• Headache
• Lethargy
• Muscle pains
• Stiff neck
• Joint inflammation in the knees and other large joints

Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

• Itching, overall
• Change in mood or behavior

Signs and tests

Physical examination in advanced Lyme disease may show evidence of joint, heart, eye, or brain abnormalities. The skin manifestations may still be present although usually they are gone.

Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi by immunofluorescence (IFA) or ELISA. ELISA tests need to be confirmed with a Western blot test. Nowadays, most laboratories are good about sensitivity of their Lyme screen so that a negative Lyme screen done by a reputable laboratory is a pretty good indicator that Lyme disease is not the culprit.

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