We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme disease.
Lyme disease symptoms often mimic those of TMD. The TMJ Association encourages patients who think they may have TMD to be sure to talk to their medical doctor in order to rule out other conditions which could be the cause their symptoms. Especially with Lyme disease, early diagnosis and treatment are important.
Lyme disease can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. Left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Permanent damage to the joints or the nervous system can develop in patients with late Lyme disease.
Other symptoms of early Lyme disease include:
Other symptoms may not appear until weeks or months after a tick bite occurs. They include:
This year health officials are also warning of another virus called Powassan which is transmitted by the bite of infected deer/blacklegged tick, the same tick that causes other tickborne diseases, including Lyme disease. Powassan causes nonspecific flu-like symptoms including muscle aches and pains, a small skin rash, and fever and headache.
Read some of our patient stories related to Lyme disease: