The reason Lyme Disease is so difficult to diagnose is that it causes Multi-system symptoms. If you don't know you've been bitten by a tick, it is even more difficult to get a diagnosis. You may ask how can you not know you've been bitten by a tick. Wouldn't you know right away? Not necessarily. First thing is that ticks inject their saliva into your blood stream when they bite and their saliva is numbing. If you are extremely sensitive, you might feel them crawling on you and you might feel the bite. Are you itching yet? I am. :) Once they atttach, they feed on your blood until they are full. Then they back out and you never know they were there. And also if they crawl up into your scalp, you may not ever see the tick. You might have an itchy spot, but you just figure you've got itchy skin.
Lyme Disease can cause flu-like symptoms, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, rashes, muscle twitches, sore throat, sensitivity to lights, seizures, ringing in the ears, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, sweating, heart pain, poor balance, dizziness, mood swings, sleep deprivation, over sleeping, memory loss, speech difficulty, reproduction & sexual dysfunction, low body temperature, continued infections, increased allergies, and many many more.
I have had many of those symptoms on the list above and even some that I haven't listed.
These are some of the best websites on Lyme Disease and the last one is a newsletter for tick borne illnesses and other public health issues.
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