It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Lyme Disease, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs when the protective cartilage that protects where two bones meet wears down over time. This damage to the joints cannot be reversed by the symptoms can be managed. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, tenderness, loss of flexibility, a grating sensation, bone spurs and swelling. Osteoarthritis can be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and gout.