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What is Lyme Disease and PTLDS?

Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Approximately 10 to 20% of patients treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2–4 week course of antibiotics will have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some cases, these can last for more than 6 months and can be quite debilitating. Although often called "chronic Lyme disease," this condition is more accurately known as "Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome" (PTLDS).

The exact cause of PTLDS is not yet known. Most medical experts believe that the lingering symptoms are the result of residual damage to tissues and the immune system that occurred during the infection.


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Profile Iconbjh and littlecat joined Lyme Disease Support Network - Online Support Group
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WalkingBarefoot left a comment for Madere (dancermom)
"Hey thanks dancermom/Madere - for the welcome, takes me a bit to navigate a new site, plus compromised energy means I do everything s l o w l y. Glad to get your hello!"
7 hours ago
Zach replied to Jnhou's discussion Potential Regulations on Lyme Testing
"But this is what can happen when people are given every resource available to try and diagnose and treat this illness. http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support-forums/general-support/11178185-igenex-results-help People have to be…"
15 hours ago
LANespoli replied to LANespoli's discussion Shin Dent & Lyme
"Thank you Zach I didn't have it in me to figure out how to edit it :)."
Zach replied to Leigh's discussion Is there a cyst form or not?
"I guess this is a question for tj1.Lewis and Zhang have come out with a new study on persister cells. http://www.nature.com/emi/journal/v3/n7/full/emi201453a.html It just looks like another LIVE/DEAD BacLight bacterial viability assay that…"
Zach replied to LANespoli's discussion Shin Dent & Lyme
"This might make your post a little easier to read. Hey everyone, I have looked through countless sites and have found nothing that relates to my condition.  I have come to the conclusion that it is a result of Lyme disease and wanted to share…"
Kristina liked Madere (dancermom)'s page Lyme and PTLDS
Austin left a comment for Zach
"Welcome to the group, Zach!"
Profile IconZach and LANespoli joined Lyme Disease Support Network - Online Support Group
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Shin Dent & Lyme

Hey everyone, I have looked through countless sites and have found nothing that relates to my condition.  I have come to the conclusion that it is a result of Lyme disease and wanted to share my condition in case anyone else has the same.  I woke up…See More

GrumpyCat replied to Mjanesamp1's discussion How is everyone affording treatment?
"What I see here is that a lot of the treatments offered aren't covered by health insurance becuase they have not been proven in studies (or anywhere else for that matter) to be effective. What happens with Lyme is that there is the initial…"

Madere (dancermom) replied to Mjanesamp1's discussion How is everyone affording treatment?
"Western medicine cannot cure everyone -- there's no arguing that. Alternative practitioners use this reality to entice clients by suggesting, "If western medicine can't cure you, we can." But many of them offer remedies that are…"

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