Sufferers of Lyme disease can sometimes find themselves also having to deal with Lyme disease-related neuropathy, muscle pain, or arthritis, particularly if their Lyme disease was left untreated for a prolonged period of time. This particular form of Lyme arthritis often presents with swollen and stiff joints, which may be mistaken for ordinary osteoarthritis or injury, and can be present prior to an official diagnosis of Lyme disease, thereby making it sometimes difficult to diagnose.
Paying attention to symptoms and your body’s overall health is important, and reporting the symptoms to your physician as soon as possible is vital. Early detection of Lyme disease-related arthritis is key, and can be very treatable, many times with just a simple round of antibiotics, but not always if chronic. Other vague pain type symptoms such as neck pain, migraines, multi-joint pain, swelling, tingling can also be indications of Lyme disease and are often missed or misdiagnosed as related to other conditions.
Dr. Cardamone is experienced in completing a comprehensive workup for these type of complex pain syndromes to ensure that underlying infections or immune disorders are not missed as a possible source of pain. She will then work together with any additional experts to ensure that your underlying disorder is properly treated while she works to facilitate improved function and pain relief.