When my son, Jake was three years old, he was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. He had what is called a SED rate blood test, and the numbers came back high. For a few years he had some difficulty. I actually had a Faith Healer pray over him, and he had no symptons after that.
Flash forward to about an hour ago. Jake had gone to the Doctors office. His weight-bearing joints (knees, ankles, hips) are very painfull. The Doctor suspects Lyme Disease, not Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis as the cause of his complaints. I went on Yahoo Health and looked up the symptoms of Lyme Disease. Lo and behold they mimick other diseases, like Arthritis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Symptoms of Lyme Disease are chronic fatigue, poor memory, loss of the ability to concentrate and weakness, paralisis in the face and numbness or tingling in the hands and feet.
Lyme disease is spread by ticks. Either the Deer Tick in the Northeastern and Midwest regions, or the Western Black-Legged tick in other regions of the country. It is actually a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi and can be treated with antibiotics, with no long lasting disabilities. The bacteria can cause issues with the heart if not treated early.
I hate the idea that Jake might have been mis- diagnosed, and has to suffer with pain. Yahoo Health also said that Doctors don't run these blood tests unless they strongly suspect Lyme Disease.