It is extremely important to know the symptoms and warning signs of early and chronic Lyme disease. If Lyme goes unnoticed and isn’t treated immediately, it can build up and spread throughout the body and cause many complications. The early signs of Lyme disease are basically identical to flu symptoms, so it is common for Lyme to go unnoticed. If not treated, the early Lyme symptoms will still go away, but months or years later people will start to experience various health issues involving the brain, nervous system, muscles, joints and even the heart. People are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Once Lyme has gone unnoticed it is extremely difficult to treat, but is still possible. If you have flu like symptoms, it is extremely important to get tested for Lyme disease. Some people do get tested and test negative. The problem is that the standard test given by the CDC (the ELISA test) is extremely inaccurate. People test negative and assume they are not infected which is NOT the case. ELISA only tests the most common bands of Lyme disease. There is a proper blood test done through IGeneX lab called the Western Blot test. This test is currently given to patients only if they test positive with 5 bands on the ELISA testing. 52% of patients with Lyme disease test negative by ELISA but positive by Western blot. See the problem? Western Blot should be the standard test given by the CDC. Half the information you read on the internet about Lyme disease is wrong. Most doctors don’t know the real facts about Lyme, causing people to be denied of treatment, misdiagnosed, and experience years of suffering. People think Lyme Disease is just joint pain and fatigue. It can develop into a chronic disease and result in terrible life-long suffering. Anyone can get it, and it is not only transmitted by a tick. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, or seems to always be dealing with some sort of health issue, inform them with the facts about Lyme disease and how to get tested the right way.