Lyme Disease hit me unaware. For a couple years my knees were swollen, stiff and painful. That didn’t stop me from walking the dogs or kayaking, but the pain made everything a chore instead of fun. I was told it was arthritis and to lose weight and do knee exercises. After those couple years of knee pain the pain gradually went to my hips, back, shoulders and neck. Then it gradually intensified. It got to the point where the pain in my back was so bad I would be sitting at my desk at work and and tears would come to my eyes. I am far from a wimp.