Tick bites are
usually painless. The incubation period is so long that the symptoms
of Lyme disease are sometimes unrecognized for weeks or months.
Understandably, many times the diagnosis is not made until the
In the first three days to three weeks,
the most common sign is a red circular rash on the skin. The rash
expands in a circular pattern, while the center appears to clear
up. This rash looks like a bull's eye. Other symptoms are fatigue,
flu like symptoms, headache, stiff neck, backache and sometimes
In the first few months, the signs
most prevalent are persistent headache, stiff neck, joint pains
that attack the knees with swelling and pain in other joints.
Lyme disease is treatable and almost
always curable if found in its early stages. A test has been developed
to identify Lyme disease through blood samples. For this reason,
it is most important to see your physician as soon as possible.
After a visit with your physician,
along with his consent, massage therapy can relieve some of the
discomforts of persistent joint pain, backaches, stiffness, headaches
and loss of sleep. Because Lyme disease can stress your immune
system supplementing vitamins maybe helpful for internal balancing.
Plenty of rest helps fatigue. Hot baths relieve joint pain. Acidophilus
is helpful if you are taking antibiotics.
If you are being treated for Lyme
disease but are not getting better consider having yourself tested
again. You may actually have a different problem.