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Lyme Disease (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis for Lyme Disease?

  • When treated early, the prognosis for most people with Lyme disease is rapid improvement and minimal complications from the disease. Later stages of illness are avoided by effective treatment of early Lyme disease.
  • People with later stages of the disease may also do well when they are diagnosed soon after their later-stage symptoms first occur.
  • A small percentage of people with Lyme disease do not fully recover, or recover very slowly, and have a condition called post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS), in which symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches last for more than six months following treatment.
  • Long-term effects of Lyme disease may include residual facial palsy or residual knee pain. Other people develop chronic muscle and joint pains, fatigue, and concentration difficulties that seem to have arisen from the time of the original Lyme disease infection. While these chronic and recurring symptoms have been called chronic Lyme disease, recent studies have not shown any evidence of Borrelial infection in the blood or spinal fluid, and further antibiotic therapy does not appear to have a durable effect in relieving the condition. For the present, patients with this problem are being treated with supportive measures aimed at symptomatic relief.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2016

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