Symptoms of Lyme may include:
*Poor motor coordination
*Heart problems (Heart palpitations and dizziness due to changes in heartbeat) *Neurological problems
*Additional EM lesions in other areas of the body
*Facial or Bell's palsy (loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face)
*Severe headaches and neck stiffness due to meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
*Pain and swelling in the large joints (such as knees)
*Shooting pains that may interfere with sleep
According to experts, untreated Lyme disease progresses to the spreading stage, where you may have joint pains, multiple rashes, irregular heartbeat or Bells palsy (facial droop).
Late-stage disease (six or more months after infection) can involve arthritis, typically in a large joint like the knee, and nervous-system problems such as numbness or difficulty thinking.
Some people may develop post-Lyme disease syndrome (PLDS), a condition also known as chronic Lyme disease, characterized by persistent musculo-skeletal and peripheral nerve pain, fatigue and memory impairment.
Diagnosis usually is based on symptoms, history of a tick bite, lab tests and a physical exam.
Treatment includes antibiotics.
For more information on Lyme disease, visit www.lymepa.org.
To contact Lehigh Valley Lyme Disease Support Group: firstname.lastname@example.org)