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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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Reinfection?

Started by PhoenixRisen in New Member Check In. Last reply by PhoenixRisen Jun 27. 2 Replies

New to Lyme, scared....

Started by Leigh in New Member Check In. Last reply by PhoenixRisen Jun 26. 6 Replies

Pain Relief through Diet

Started by Supermom8284 in Coping with Chronic Illness. Last reply by Madere (dancermom) Jun 15. 1 Reply

Suspecting Lymes

Started by Rshell in General. Last reply by Rshell Jun 14. 13 Replies

New with questions.

Started by renogirl in General. Last reply by Madere (dancermom) Jun 14. 14 Replies

Palm Springs Lyme Patients?

Started by Lymekal in General. Last reply by Jenny Jun 6. 3 Replies

The black magic that is Lyme disease

Started by ghost8601 in General. Last reply by ghost8601 Jun 5. 6 Replies

New to Lyme

Started by S.M1224 in General. Last reply by tj1 Jun 4. 3 Replies

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PhoenixRisen replied to PhoenixRisen's discussion Reinfection?
"Thank you Pilgrim for the kind advice. I do not want to live in fear of a yard I have spent years cultivating and making beautiful. Your kind of advice can help a lot."
Jun 27
Pilgrim replied to PhoenixRisen's discussion Reinfection?
"I like to garden as well. I wear ExOfficio BugsAway clothing, socks, pants, shirt, scarf, and hat. I wear the socks over the bottom of the pant legs. You can also get pyrethrin spray for clothing to spray on your set of gardening clothes. This…"
Jun 27
PhoenixRisen replied to Leigh's discussion New to Lyme, scared....
"I am from PA too. When I got bit, I did not develop a rash so my Primary Care Physician did not want to order the Lyme test. I insisted and it came back positive. I am on a 14 day course of Doxycycline now. It feels weird to have something I do not…"
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