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If your family has been affected by Lyme Disease, or Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome consider the Lyme Disease Support Network your second home.
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Lyme Disease Support Network is a patient-to-patient support for people with Lyme Disease.
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Many of you have come here searching for answers. You made have read things on the internet or heard stories from friends about lyme, Igenex, western blot, ILADS, IDSA, and “lyme literate” doctors. We hope to demystify some of this for you, knowing that it can be quite difficult to sort out the hype from solid, authoritative information. We have no agenda other than to offer information and support to patients who are affected or have been affected with lyme disease. We recognize that some of you are very ill. We cannot and do not offer cures or magic bullets for chronic illnesses associated with lyme disease. Chances are that those of you who were infected with Lyme and experiencing chronic symptoms may have Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. The symptoms you experience may be alleviated somewhat by treatment, but damage to the immune system that you may have already experienced may not be reversible. Therefore, it is more a question of learning to cope with your "new normal". Chasing after illusive cures does not assist with this process.
To keep this a safe and responsible patient community, we ask that you observe this guideline:
Describe, not Prescribe.
What this means is while that you are welcome to share your own experience with treatments, you are not welcome to suggest a course of action to others. This is a virtual format, and we cannot know enough about a patient’s condition to either diagnose someone (“yes, you have lyme”) or recommend a course of treatment. And, of course, both of these are things that only MDs should do, not acquaintances on the Internet.
Additionally, we are prohibiting the use of the words “lyme literate doctor” on this community. These words have attained a sort of magical potency among internet support groups. However, the term “lyme literate doctor” is not what it sounds like. In many cases, the “doctor” is not an MD. And, furthermore, what is designated as “lyme literate” quite often turns out to be “lyme ignorant” and willfully blind to scientific evidence. Abandoning science for unproven, mythical theories of disease has detrimental consequences for patients. Think, for example, of the anti-vaccine movement, and the resulting recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland. Science matters for your health. Therefore, this community is unapologetically science-based and evidence-based.
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. Although often called "chronic Lyme disease," this condition is properly 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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