How do you diagnose Lyme?
Lyme disease may be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of many other illnesses. The early, often vague flu-like symptoms can easily be mistaken for another illness, especially when the typical rash of Lyme disease does not occur with them. Later symptoms of untreated Lyme disease, such as joint problems, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, severe fatigue, or difficulties with memory and thinking, may resemble other forms such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions.
Lyme disease has been traditionally treated with antibiotics. A recent study found that if a single dose of the antibiotic doxycycline is given within 72 hours after being bitten by an infected tick, the chances of developing Lyme disease can be reduced by as much as 87%. Unfortunately because the bite is painless, it is seldom sought this early.