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What if treatment doesn't help my Lyme disease symptoms?

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Sometimes, people go through treatment for Lyme disease but their symptoms (like feeling run-down and achy) don’t go away. If this lasts more than 6 months, your doctor may call it  chronic Lyme disease or “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome” (PTLDS).

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease: Treatments and Drugs.”

CDC: “Lyme Disease: Treatment,” “Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”

News release, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: “Treatment,” “Chronic Lyme Disease: Why Is Chronic Lyme Disease Chronic?”

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network: “Conditions & Treatments: Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease: Treatments and Drugs.”

CDC: “Lyme Disease: Treatment,” “Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”

News release, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: “Treatment,” “Chronic Lyme Disease: Why Is Chronic Lyme Disease Chronic?”

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network: “Conditions & Treatments: Lyme Disease.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 31, 2017

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