Don't be shy about visiting the doctor, especially if you have received tick bites that were followed by headache, any type of rash or reaction around the bite site, joint pain, or any other symptoms typical of known tick diseases. A dear friend of mine has become the poster boy for tick disease vigilance. Once an avid outdoorsman, he suffered from Lyme disease for several years as one doctor after another kept misdiagnosing his health issues. Finally, after several years of ineffective treatments for diseases he didn't have, one doctor decided to rule out Lyme disease by doing two simple blood tests. When both came back positive, they finally had their culprit. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done to my friend's body. His health issues and joint pain still persists after a lengthy treatment regimen, leaving him virtually homebound. Avoiding my friend's fate is simple: Pay attention to your body, and get tested if anything seems wrong.