Shelley, -- and all you Lyme Advocates out there -- this is MY experience and my husband's experience only. Our experience might not mirror yours.
No. My husband's experience was NOTHING like what I experience with MS. If I had to compare what he experienced, I would say it was more like someone with a really awful case of flu -- body aches, pains, swollen joints, major fatigue, fever, night sweats. He never got the typical bullseye rash they talk about, although he did experience a rash on the leg that got bit...just not near where the bit was, so it may or may not have been related. This occurred maybe a week or so AFTER he got bit (or at least, a week or so after he was camping, where it was most likely that he got bit). He felt awful, then OK, then awful again..went on for about 4 weeks before I finally got him to go to a doctor. After she examined him, discovered the swollen joints, took his "history" (his complaints about the body aches, pains, swollen joints, the re-curring symptoms, etc.), she was convinced that it was Lymes and started the course of antibiotics before ever sending off the blood sample to be tested.
It came back about a week later, as "positive". He was on the antibiotics for a month, then re-tested. She extended the antibiotics for another month, as the test still came back positive. After the second course, the test came back negative, but she had him come in for the next 2 years on an every-four-month basis to be tested, just to be sure.
He was still suffering from the fatigue and some body aches and joint pain, but it dissipated over time. This was 3 years ago. I'm guessing here, but it seems like it was about 18 months or a bit longer before he felt good again.
I know that this site (and a host of others) talk about long-term neurological deficits. As best as I can determine, while there may well be neurological problems with late-stage Lyme disease, they are different from what folks with MS experience, and different from what follks with long-term MS experience.
I also know that all the Lyme advocates will be here bashing me as quickly as they can, doing their best to prove me wrong. I'm sorry you have to bear the brunt of this.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....