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Lyme disease transmitted by the bite of a tick is an infection caused by spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi It was named after its discoverer Willy Burgdorfer It freely travels throughout the circulatory system and from there all throughout the body The disease is easily diagnosed and treatable in an overwhelming majority of cases Some other diseases caused by spirochetes include relapsing fever and syphilis Early symptoms of Lyme disease can be mild and easily overlooked A reddish rash called erythema migrans occurs 60-80 of the time most often at the site of the bite Flu-like symptoms chills fever and fatigue are often experienced but they may not seem serious enough to require medical attention Later symptoms may include severe headaches arthritis and nervous system or cardiac abnormalities Some other possible symptoms are Jaw -- pain difficulty chewing Bladder -- frequent or painful urination repeated urinary tract infection Lung -- respiratory infection cough asthma pneumonia Ear -- pain hearing loss ringing sensitivity to noise Eyes -- pain due to inflammation sensitivity to light scleritis drooping of eyelid conjunctivitis blurring or double vision Throat -- sore throat swollen glands cough hoarseness difficulty swallowing Neurological -- headaches facial paralysis seizures meningitis stiff neck burning tingling or prickling sensations loss of reflexes loss of coordination MS like syndrome Stomach -- pain diarrhea nausea vomiting abdominal cramps anorexia Heart -- weakness dizziness irregular heart-beat myocarditis pericarditis palpitations heart block enlarged heart fainting inflammation of muscle or membrane shortness of breath chest pain Joint -- arthralgias or arthritis muscle inflammation and pain Other Organs -- liver infection elevated liver enzymes enlarged spleen swollen testicles irregular or ceased menses Neuropsychiatric -- mood swings irritability poor concentration cognitive loss memory loss loss of appetite mental deterioration depression disorientation sleep disturbance Pregnancy -- miscarriage premature birth birth defects stillbirth Skin -- single or multiple rash hives The above is a
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