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The first sign is usually a bull’s-eye rash. You might also have flu-like feelings of fatigue, headache, fever, sore throat, chills, or body aches. You may have some joint pain. Some people also get other symptoms, including stiff neck, sensitivity to light, memory loss, mood changes, rashes that keep coming back, and even paralysis of one or both sides of the face, heart rhythm problems, and areas of tingling or numbness.
This condition is also called “JIA”, or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. (“Idiopathic” means that the cause isn’t known.)
It’s best to work with a pediatric rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in caring for children with arthritis and other joint problems. If there isn’t one in your area, you can work with your child’s pediatrician and a rheumatologist. Physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists called physiatrists, and occupational therapists can also help.
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You think you may have contracted Lyme disease, especially if you notice a bull’s-eye rash or if you suddenly develop knee pain and swelling without previous injury or arthritis. Delaying treatment can result in more serious neurological symptoms that can be difficult to cure.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.
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