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Lyme disease frequently misdiagnosed

A 38 year old woman spent 20 years of deteriorating symptoms with misdiagnosed multiple sclerosis. She was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. Her initial symptoms included deteriorating sight and numbness in extremities. The condition is frequently misdiagnosed as lupus, Parkinson's disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. The symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash, fever, fatigue, headache and aching muscles and joints. If untreated, complexion and speech may be affected. However, some people have no symptoms or only some of them. Lyme disease, caused by the bacteria B. burgdorferi, is transmitted to people by adult deer ticks. Lyme disease is generally not fatal but antibiotic treatment is essential to prevent deterioration. Researchers are still unsure as to whether the condition can be passed on to mother's offspring.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Leader

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About: Lyme disease frequently misdiagnosed

Date: 6 December 2004

Source: The Leader

Author: Martha Manikas-Foster


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