Lyme disease is one of the most insidious and difficult to recognize illnesses in the United States. The symptoms are often attributed to other illnesses, leaving patients frustrated and tired of pursuing dead-end treatments. In today’s post, we will provide you with the information you need to know in order to recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
As we noted above, Lyme disease develops slowly and can often be confused with other illnesses, such as the flu or chronic fatigue. Here are some of the most common Lyme disease symptoms you can experience shortly after being bitten by an infected tic:
A flat, circular, bulls-eye rash is one of the most common symptoms of Lyme disease, though it does not occur in every case. While many people are under the impression that a Lyme disease rash will only appear around the initial bite area, the rash can actually appear anywhere on the body. Further, it can take up to 30 days for the rash to manifest after a tick bite, so be sure to watch your entire body carefully if you have recently been bitten by a tick.
Severe fatigue that comes and goes over time is prevalent in upward of 84 percent of Lyme disease cases. Waking up feeling exhausted — even after a full night of rest — is one of the most common symptoms, but feeling drained and depressed throughout the day are also common symptoms. If you find yourself having to nap throughout the day due to exhaustion, then you should schedule an appointment at our holistic health center. Even if you are not suffering from the symptoms of Lyme disease, we can help you determine the fundamental cause of your fatigue.
Aches and Pains
Achy, stiff, and swollen joints are more symptoms of Lyme disease that are often confused with the common cold. These are some of the earliest symptoms of Lyme disease that manifest themselves, and the pain may shift to different areas of your body over time. Your knees may ache shortly after waking up in the morning, or you may have strange pains in your neck and back that you have never experienced before. If you begin to experience achy joints or odd pains after being bitten by a tick, then you should consider scheduling an evaluation at our holistic health center.