Flu-like symptoms are a very important part of the early manifestations in Lyme disease. These patients often have a low-grade fever, general malaise, chills, and other symptoms that may be attributed to any infection. These symptoms usually last no longer than one week and may include joint pain, neck pain, neck stiffness, and headache. Sometimes they resolve without any medical intervention, but you should be careful around neck stiffness, headache, and fever because they sometimes point out at a neurological problem that requires urgent medical assistance.
In other cases, patients may also have a series of respiratory symptoms or gastrointestinal symptoms, and most of us would be misled to think there is an infection in either one of these body systems. If the symptoms are mild, it is recommended to wait instead of initiating medical therapy, but if your symptoms are severe, your doctor might recommend lab tests and medical therapy right away. Thus, if you feel your symptoms are uncommon and disturbing, it is better to talk to your doctor and follow his advice instead of taking the stand of “waiting and seeing.”