Welcome to HCM.
I understand your concern. Lymes disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia
This infection is caused by tick bite
. This bacteria lives in the gut of the tick and when the tick bites , its gut contents are spilled onto the bite and enters the body.
This infection occurs in three stages. Symptoms start appearing two weeks after the bite.
First stage is localized infection - where there is rash
at the site of bite.
Second stage is disseminated infection - symptoms are fever
, headache, body pain
, joint pains
. These occur few weeks after first stage.
Third stage is persistent infection - symptoms include joint pains, tingling
, general weakness, skin problems. This stage occurs after months after infection and remains for years together.
The problem with Lymes disease is lab diagnosis is not so easy. Serology tests are available but they become positive only 2-3 months after infection.
So it is easily missed.
Treatment is doxycycline, cephalosporins.
Patients in chronic stage need to be treated symptomatically. Joint pains and body pain can be managed by over the counter pain killers. If does not reduce, get a rheumatologist
Positive attitude and some form of regular exercise will help deal with this disease.