Some cases of Lyme disease are easily treated with antibiotics if caught early and properly diagnosed. Unfortunately, some cases of Lyme disease are not caught early and severe, debilitating symptoms can result. Lyme disease is considered by some to be one bacteria (borrellia burgdorfer) but it is now known that multiple strains of Lyme bacteria exist and often in the very ill patient the presence of other co-infections contribute to the long term symptoms. All of these issues need to be addressed in the Lyme patient.
If Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, it can turn into chronic Lyme disease. Symptoms of early Lyme disease may include:
Consult the Mayo Clinic website for Later Signs and Symptoms, as well as Less Common Signs and Symptoms of Lyme disease.
Chronic Lyme disease often mimics other conditions and leads to the difficulty of an accurate diagnosis. Many Lyme patients report being misdiagnosed with a different condition before being properly diagnosed with Lyme disease.