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5 Potential Signs of Lyme Disease

Sep 01, 2022
5 Potential Signs of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease cases continue to rise throughout the United States. However, it often escapes detection because it can take days, weeks, or even months for symptoms to develop after exposure occurs. Watch out for these signs to spot a problem sooner.

Each year, 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease get reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, these numbers are far from accurate, given the number of people across the United States who struggle with symptoms but never receive a diagnosis.

Our team at Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc. takes the whole-person, or integrative, approach to healthcare. This progressive and personalized strategy helps us identify and treat systemic conditions that often evade standard detection — like Lyme disease.

Lyme disease develops after exposure to the bacteria transmitted through infected blacklegged ticks, more commonly known as deer ticks. The first recognized cases of this disease occurred in 1975, when there was a surge in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme, Connecticut. 

While experts have learned much more about Lyme disease over the years, it’s still easy to miss or confuse the telltale signs of this condition with traditional medical approaches alone. That’s why our team asks detailed questions about your daily routine, family history, medical history, and the state of your overall health when performing a physical exam. We also use advanced testing to pinpoint systemic issues in the body, like Lyme disease. 

Here are five signs of Lyme disease that you shouldn’t ignore.

1. Reddish rash or skin lesion

In the earliest stages of Lyme disease, one of the most obvious signs of an issue involves a flat skin rash. These rashes often start as small red spots at the site of your tick bite, and can develop anywhere from 3 days to 4 weeks after the encounter.

Over time, you can expect this rash to grow, taking on a circular, triangular, or oval shape. Sometimes, people describe it as a “bull’s eye” because it can look like a red ring with a clear center. 

Rashes vary in size from a dime to your entire back, and they can appear in multiple sites on your body as the infection spreads. However, while quite common, you can have Lyme disease without this symptom.

2. Body aches and joint stiffness 

Another hallmark symptom of Lyme’s disease involves pain and stiffness, especially in the joints. These sensitivities often occur in the knees, neck, or even your heels, and can affect multiple parts of your body at a time. It’s also common to experience pain when you try to move around.

Unfortunately, many people chalk this symptom up to a sports injury or aging. However, 80% of individuals living with untreated Lyme have muscle and joint symptoms. On top of that, two-thirds of people experience their first moments of joint pain within six months of infection.

3. Flu-like symptoms

Are you struggling with headaches, dizziness, fever, or muscle pain? That general malaise could be due to Lyme disease.

Approximately half of those infected with Lyme develop flu-like symptoms within a week of exposure. Given that these symptoms can be fairly mild, however, people often brush them off as the flu or another common infection.

But there are subtle differences between everyday infections and Lyme disease. The most obvious? The symptoms associated with Lyme tend to come and go, whereas the symptoms of most other infections stop when you recover from the illness.

4. Persistent fatigue 

Along with lingering flu-like symptoms, persistent fatigue is a classic sign of Lyme disease. 

Unlike regular tiredness that you can attribute to a specific cause, Lyme often causes an exhaustion that seems to take over your body. It can cause you to experience waxing and waning changes in energy that require daily naps or extra hours of sleep every night or morning. For some, Lyme fatigue can even become disabling.

Like other Lyme disease symptoms, it’s easy for the conventional diagnostic approach to confuse Lyme-related fatigue with other conditions, like depression, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome.

5. Night sweats and problems sleeping

Another commonly overlooked or misdiagnosed Lyme disease symptom involves sleep disturbances. These can vary from night sweats or chills to joint pain. However, they can occur in people of all ages infected with Lyme, including 25% of children.

If you find yourself struggling to get quality, restful sleep, our team can help determine what’s to blame so you can feel your best again. 

Do you have symptoms that sound like Lyme disease? We can get to the bottom of your health concerns. Contact Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc. to schedule a consultation by calling 831-273-4028 today, or requesting an appointment online any time.