A striking feature of Lyme disease is that a lot of
patients either don't recall ever having a tick bite or report yes they have
had a tick bite in the distant past and removed it themself or had it removed.
These patients are not able to describe ever having the large local reaction
after a bite that we know as erythema migrans.
The number of of doctors seen and the number or
diagnosis made will be proportional to the time interval of chronic symptoms. I
had one at 7 years and another at 10 years. The last had a very impressive
list of medical attendances but no mention of possible Lyme disease. She found
her diagnosis herself on the Net. Past diagnosis will often revolve around CFS
and fibromaylgia. This of course is not to suggest that Lyme is necessarily
fundamental underlying cause of these conditions. However it has been found
underlying supposed MS, Sarcoid, ALS and Motor Neurone disease in several
cases. My own practice load currently has 6 patients in this cluster.
symptoms of Lyme Disease