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Hi, what are the main symptoms of Lymes disease? Thank you.
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Welcome to MedHelp Lyme --

Here is a short list of common symptoms of Lyme, from the Mayo Clinic website.  Not everyone gets all these symptoms, and perhaps half of those with Lyme also have other infections carried by the same tick, which complicates the diagnostic picture for docs because the symptoms are different for each infection.  

"The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are variable, usually involving more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often. In general, Lyme disease can cause:

"-- Rash. A few days to a month before you have other symptoms, a small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. Over the next few days, the redness expands, forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Some people develop several of these rashes, an indication of bacteria multiplying in the blood stream.  [Note however:  maybe half of those with Lyme never saw a tick or had a rash, so that should not be the deciding factor.  The ticks are extremely small and are often not seen, or may have bitten on the scalp, etc. where they are not visible.]

" -- Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash.  [Note:  also may appear without a rash.  It is common to have Lyme but have had no rash.]

" -- Migratory joint pain. If the infection is not treated, you may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling several weeks to months after you're infected. Your knees are especially likely to be affected, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.

" -- Neurological problems. In some cases, inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement may occur weeks, months or even years after an untreated infection.  [Also:  fatigue, confusion, anxiety, and memory problems often occur.]

" -- Less common signs and symptoms. Some people may experience heart problems — such as an irregular heartbeat — several weeks after infection, but this rarely lasts more than a few days or weeks.  [Maybe yes, maybe no.]  Eye inflammation, hepatitis and severe fatigue are possible as well."

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