Symptoms of Lyme may include:

*Arthritis symptoms
*Heart problems
*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

*Eye problems

*Severe fatigue

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:  lehighvalleylyme@aol.com)