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Misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease

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Misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is common.

The bacteria that cause the illness are hard to detect with current lab tests.

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Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)

A bite from a bacteria-infected tick causes Lyme disease. If you get the disease, you might have lingering symptoms. Some people have ongoing pain and fatigue, says Afton Hassett, PsyD, principal investigator at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan.  The continued symptoms are known as chronic Lyme disease, or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS).

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  • People often test positive for Lyme disease when in fact they have a different bacterial illness.
  • People may test positive because they were infected with the Lyme disease bacteria at some point during their lives, but the infection may not be active and may not cause any illness.
  • People may test negative when they actually have been infected.

Symptoms of Lyme disease sometimes closely resemble those of other illnesses.

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Last Updated: August 21, 2012
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