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What is post-treatment Lyme disease?

If you work anywhere that takes you near wildlife or even outside regularly, you might be at risk of being bitten by a deer tick, which most Californians know by now can carry Lyme disease. This bacterial illness is known for being difficult to diagnose, causing symptoms that can reduce the quality of life for many who can go for months or years before they finally figure out what is making them feel so terrible.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, a specific antibiotic regimen cures Lyme disease in most people. However, it also isn’t uncommon for patients to continue exhibiting symptoms of Lyme disease even after taking antibiotics for months. This is known in the medical community as post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLD). Further complicating diagnosis and treatment is the fact that the bacteria that causes Lyme may not be present in your blood tests after treatment, despite your symptoms still wreaking havoc on your health, job and well-being. The emergence of PTLD and many doctors’ differing opinions on Lyme disease detection and treatment has led to what some in the medical community call the Lyme wars.

The vague, pervasive symptoms of PTLD include general aches and pains, fatigue, brain fog, tingling, numbness and heart palpitations. All of these symptoms can be confused by your doctor for other health conditions, and may even be written off as “all in your head.” However, as you are also aware, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis to be eligible for workers’ compensation and to get the proper treatment. Therefore, sound legal counsel may be necessary, and this information should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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