The symptoms of Lyme disease depend on the stage of the disease. You may first notice symptoms weeks to months after the tick bite. If the disease isn't treated, it may progress from mild symptoms to serious, long-term disabilities.
- In the first stage, you may have a rash (erythema migrans ) at the site of the tick bite. You may also have a lack of energy or a headache and stiff neck. Sometimes people have no symptoms at this stage.
- In the second stage, symptoms may include memory problems and pain and weakness in the arms and legs.
- In the third stage, symptoms may include swelling and pain (like arthritis) in the joints, not being able to control facial muscles, and numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, or back.
If you don't have symptoms during stage 1, your first symptoms may be those found in stage 2 or 3.