A 24-year-old member asked:
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is it typical for a person with lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
19 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Lyme disease can cause symmetric polyarthralgias - pain in numerous joints on both sides of the body. Although rare, lyme disease is usually easy to treat if identifed quickly. There are blood tests so if you and your dr have a concern, it shoud be pretty quick to rule in/out.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
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Dr. Susana Duncan
35 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Not typical: In lyme disease, joint pain typically occurs first in one joint, then if not treated, can migrate to involve other joints, randomly. It is conceivable but not typical that in this fashion the same joint in each limb is involved.
Answered on Aug 19, 2013
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