What were your first symptoms of Lyme?
Stage 1: Early localized Lyme disease (1 to 4 weeks)
- An expanding, circular red rash (erythema migrans).
- Flu-like symptoms, with or without the rash. The symptoms include: Lack of energy. Headache and stiff neck. Fever and chills. Muscle and joint pain. Swollen lymph nodes.
What are three symptoms of Lyme disease?
Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease
- Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes may occur in the absence of rash.
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash (see photos): Occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons.
What happens to your body when you have Lyme disease?
When you do get infected, the bacteria travel through your bloodstream and affect various tissues in your body. If you don’t treat Lyme disease early on, it can turn into an inflammatory condition that affects multiple systems, starting with your skin, joints, and nervous system and moving to organs later on.
What are the late symptoms of Lyme disease?
Symptoms of late stage Lyme disease Severe headaches and neck stiffness. Additional EM rashes in new places on the body. Facial palsy, also known as Bell’s palsy – paralysis of one side of the face. Arthritis or joint pain and swelling, especially of large joints (such as the knee)
Does Lyme disease stay in your body forever?
If treated, Lyme disease does not last for years. However, for some people, the after-effects of the disease can linger for months and sometimes even years.
Does Lyme disease stay with you for life?
Most people diagnosed with Lyme do very well after taking a prescribed course of antibiotics. They can go on with their lives, and they never have any long-term complications. However, doctors noticed a subset of patients who develop symptoms that can last for months and even years after treatment.
Can the body fight Lyme disease?
If left untreated for months or longer, some proportion of those infected end up with significant cognitive, neurological, and cardiac problems. Not everyone gets this sick; in fact, it’s possible in some cases for—though not safe to rely on—the body’s immune system to fight off Lyme disease on its own.
What are the stages of Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is classified into three distinct periods each including various symptoms with differing severity. Lyme disease stages include a localized early (acute) stage, an early disseminated stage, and late stage, or persistent Lyme disease.
What are the most common side effects of Lyme disease?
Bone pain. chills. cough. fever. muscle aches. runny or stuffy nose. shivering. skin rash, itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before vaccination.
How soon do Lyme disease symptoms start?
People in the early stages of Lyme disease may feel very tired and have headaches, sore muscles and joints, and a fever. These symptoms can start at any time, from 3 days to up to a month after you have been bitten. Some people don’t have any symptoms when they are in the early stages of Lyme disease.
What bacteria causes Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (found in the U.S.) and Borrelia afzelii (found in Europe). Two different species of ticks, Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus, transmit the bacteria to humans via bites.