"My first reaction was, are you serious? If you listed all the possible causes for Will's knee swelling and pain, Lyme Disease would be at the bottom of my list. After all, we had never seen a bulls-eye rash or a tick.
How wrong I was. Will's tests came back positive. We consulted next with an infectious disease specialist who put our son on a three-week course of antibiotics.
Still, no reason to panic, I thought. I knew that Lyme Disease was notoriously difficult to detect, but now that we had a solid diagnosis, the antibiotics should clear everything up.
I was only half right. My son felt better once he began taking the antibiotics, but when he finished the prescribed three week course, his symptoms flared up again. He experienced joint pain, headaches, dizziness, brain fog, and fatigue. He had trouble falling asleep at night and waking up in the morning. Usually a relaxed, confident kid, Will experienced mood swings and seemed emotionally fragile."