Lyme Disease Support by Ben's Friends

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Welcome to Lyme Disease Support. 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).

Bens Friends

Our mission at Ben’s Friends is to ensure that patients living with rare diseases or chronic illnesses, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends, have a safe and supportive place to connect with others like them.

New Member Check In

New members, start your experience here. Introduce yourself and share your story. Let us welcome you

Newbies Guide to Lyme Disease and PTLDS

Included in this category are resources written by members by members and notes from the moderators. We strongly encourage all members to explore these pages. This category will grow over time to include more and more information

General Discussion

Open discussion about a range of topics relating to Lyme and Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.

Complementary Therapies

Welcome to Complementary Therapies! This is the place to discuss the array of complementary healing modalities that many of us rely on to help us live healthier lives. Whether you're looking to do more to promote your own health while undergoing medical treatment, or are waiting to get medical treatment and are looking to do what you can to feel better in the meantime, this is the place to post your questions and information. We will discuss everything from acupuncture and chiropractic to nourishing our bodies, minds, and spirits. This is the place to discuss healing modalities that can complement medical treatment

Emotional Support

Having a rough day? We're here to listen.


Here we remember those who have passed and our past moderators.

Recommend a Doctor, Therapist, or Clinic (Positive

Want to recommend a doctor, therapist, or clinic? Positive review only, please.


News from Bens Friends -

Site Feedback

Discussion about this site, its organization, how it works, and how we can improve it.


Events of interest to Lyme Patients. Just email to have the staff add your event.

Prayer & Healing Energy Requests

A place to request prayers and healing energy for yourself or others, from our community of caring, supportive friends, for any issue(s) we deal with.


FAQ about the Lyme Community

Bens Friends Apps for mobile Devices

Bens Friends Apps for mobile Devices

Backpack Health

Bring all your health information together in one place that’s portable and secure. Share some of it or all of it with those involved in your care – especially if you or a loved one are living with a complex health condition or away from home. It’s your health, always on hand. Backpack Health, in partnership with Ben’s Friends, has established a Lyme Disease community where you can centralize all of your health records in one private place that you control. The portable and user-friendly Backpack Health app gives you complete control, privacy and sole ownership of your health data. And it’s free.