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Study sheds light on post-treatment Lyme disease

In Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. where ticks are present, Lyme disease has become a big problem. What's worse is that 10 to 20 percent of people who contract the disease continue to report symptoms even after the antibiotics have supposedly cured them. These symptoms range from joint pain to brain fog and even clinical depression, and they may persist for months after treatment.

This condition, known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, has been notoriously hard to diagnose, but new research from Johns Hopkins University has shed some light on it. Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center analyzed 61 patients with PTLDS and compared them to a control group of 28 healthy patients. After a series of exams, including neurological tests and blood marker tests, scientists found that the 61 patients showed as little sign of unsound health as the 28.

They encourage doctors to ask about their patients' symptoms and track them rather than rely on tests that bring up no results. Pain in the neck and lower back, fatigue, numbness and tingling, and headaches are also frequent symptoms of PTLDS sufferers. Still, there's no clear treatment for PTLDS except cognitive behavioral therapy and low-impact aerobic exercises. Those who are treated right away for Lyme disease are not, for that reason, less prone to PTLDS.

Because of the mystery that still surrounds PTLDS, it may be hard to fault doctors for a failure to diagnose the condition. However, if patients speak out about their symptoms and the doctors do nothing to follow up, this may constitute medical malpractice, and people in this situation might want to meet with an attorney to see what recourse might be available.

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