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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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tj1 replied to Maggie999's discussion Igenex testing, what's the deal?
"They are testing immunoglobin just as the traditional "western blot" does (its a sorting technique) specific "antibodies attach to different proteins. Igenex has decided that some antibodies are indicative if lyme that no one else…"
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Maggie999 replied to Maggie999's discussion Igenex testing, what's the deal?
"Tj1, why does it say Igenex western blot IGM and IGG?? Sorry for all the questions"
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tj1 replied to Maggie999's discussion Igenex testing, what's the deal?
"Igg and Igm are immunoglobin. They are not specific to lyme.  western blot is a tecnique."
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Maggie999 replied to Maggie999's discussion Igenex testing, what's the deal?
"GrumpyCat, I thought that the igenex was a western blot? So confused. What is the IGM and IGG."

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RN513 posted a discussion

How long does rash last?

I found a bullseye rash on my abdomen about a week. I went to the doctor and got 3 weeks of doxyclicline.  I've had 3 days so far and the rash is growing and growing...How long does it take once you start antibiotics to see the rash get smaller? …See More
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"Welcome to our community, I'm glad you joined us. I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling so hot right now. Hopefully the doxy will kick in soon."
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