When he was a sixth-grader in Lyme, Conn., in 1975, Todd Murray began suffering mysterious joint pain. His complaints, along with similar symptoms seen in his brother and other area children, led doctors to identify a new disease linked to the growing population of blood-sucking ticks in the Northeast. Lyme disease hobbled the young sports enthusiast and helped motivate him to become a doctor.
But the medical books that serve as the foundation for Murray’s career have no explanation for the strange symptoms he’s experienced since those early days.
Murray was present at the discovery of Lyme, and his life since then epitomizes how much we’ve learned about the disease, and how much we haven’t. Many years later, he knows the maddening frustration of not knowing. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.