Question: Can MS Be Mistaken For Lyme Disease?

Could I have Lyme disease for years and not know it?

More serious symptoms may develop several weeks, months or even years later if Lyme disease is left untreated or is not treated early on.

These can include: pain and swelling in the joints (inflammatory arthritis).

Will Lyme disease show up on MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows abnormalities in approximately 15-20% of patients in the United States who have neurologic manifestations of Lyme disease.

How long can you have Lyme disease without knowing it?

In most cases, it takes from three to 30 days after being bitten by a tick to develop the initial symptoms of Lyme disease.

What does a Lyme flare up feel like?

Additional symptoms that may occur with Lyme disease include: an initial rash that may appear as a bull’s eye. flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, body aches, and headache. joint pain.

What are neurological symptoms of Lyme disease?

What are the symptoms? Neurological complications most often occur in early disseminated Lyme disease, with numbness, pain, weakness, facial palsy/droop (paralysis of the facial muscles), visual disturbances, and meningitis symptoms such as fever, stiff neck, and severe headache.

What do Lyme disease headaches feel like?

Babesia headaches caused nausea and light sensitivity, while Lyme headaches caused a more generalized, tolerable pain. Your own headache symptoms might be different. You might be suffering from co-infections I did not have, and suffer relapsing fevers that can cause their own species of headaches.

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.

What can mimic Lyme disease?

Some people call Lyme disease “the great imitator,” because it can be confused with a number of other conditions, including:Chronic fatigue syndrome.Food poisoning.Fibromyalgia.Multiple sclerosis.Depression.Of course, rheumatoid arthritis.

Does Lyme disease affect your looks?

If the bacteria invade the facial nerve (the seventh cranial nerve), you can develop muscle weakness or paralysis on one or both sides of your face. This palsy is sometimes mistakenly called Bell’s palsy. Lyme disease is one of the few illnesses that cause palsies on both sides of the face.

Can Lyme trigger an autoimmune disease?

Patients may develop new-onset systemic autoimmune joint diseases—including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), or spondyloarthritis (SpA)—following Lyme infection, according to research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

What are the 3 stages of Lyme disease?

Although Lyme disease is commonly divided into three stages — early localized, early disseminated, and late disseminated — symptoms can overlap. Some people will also present in a later stage of disease without having symptoms of earlier disease.