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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.


New Member with severe psych symptoms

Started by 10acious in New Member Check In. Last reply by NeglectedMind yesterday. 2 Replies

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Igenex IFA

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megan wilson is now a member of Lyme Disease Support Network - Online Support Group
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NeglectedMind replied to 10acious's discussion New Member with severe psych symptoms
"Hello 10acious. I don't have a lot of advice, but I do want to say that you are not alone, and to keep on holding out.  I was also recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease based on an Igenex blood test, and have started treatment with…"
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