Most people have heard of the bulls-eye rash that appears when a Lyme-infected deer tick infects its victim, but not every patient gets the telltale rash. In those cases, Lyme disease is usually marked by body aches, fever, and fatigue that doctors often write off as the flu, says Albert Ahn, MD, clinical instructor of internal medicine at NYU Langone Health. And it’s easy to see why: The body won’t have time to develop the antibodies that signal the disease until a few weeks after the bite, meaning blood tests won’t reveal it. The symptoms can disappear temporarily, so see if your doctor will give you a one-time antibiotic if you suspect Lyme, suggests Dr. Ahn. “If you miss it and continue to miss it, the long-term effects of Lyme could be debilitating,” he says. Here are 18 more Lyme disease symptoms you should never ignore.
Most women won’t show symptoms of ovarian cancer until later stages, and even then the signs will be vague. One of the most common symptoms is bloating, which could also point to everything from IBS to a bad diet, says Brunilda Nazario, MD, lead medical editor at WebMD. “Would ovarian cancer be on the list? Absolutely, but low on the list,” says Dr. Nazario. If you suspect ovarian cancer, getting genetic testing that reveals a family history can drive a diagnosis quicker, she says. Watch out for these other silent signs of ovarian cancer.