Diagnosing chronic Lyme disease will require an experienced physician. Recent research shows that those who continue to show symptoms after receiving antibiotic treatments have abnormal proteins in their spinal fluid, reflecting a biological basis for a continuing brain dysfunction or disease.
Because testing for antibodies or the DNA of the bacteria is controversial, doctors may or may not trust the reliability of the variety of tests. Diagnosis is often done by determining the exposure and the symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person. The disease is commonly called “the great imitator” because the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease or late-stage Lyme disease mimics other diseases.
Some symptoms of Lyme disease include:
Some late-stage disease symptoms:
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