Chronic Lyme disease, also known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, is a condition that develops when a person who’s had antibiotic therapy treatment for Lyme disease symptoms persists. Of the people treated with antibiotics as recommended, up to 20% will continue to experience disease symptoms after treatment. There’s still a cloud of mystery over chronic Lyme disease, and scientists do not have all the answers. Why do some Lyme patients not recover entirely after treatment is complete? Visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk if you have been bit by a tick. Our physicians can diagnose your symptoms and provide treatment options.
Why Some People Develop Chronic Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is passed to a person through a bite typically from black-legged ticks and deer ticks. A course of antibiotics is enough to successfully treat most Lyme patients who recover entirely from the bacterial infection. However, some symptoms persist after treatment, and the experts are unclear as to why only some patients are affected. Without any scientific evidence to support the claim, some experts contend that the course of antibiotics did not eliminate all the bacteria. Another theory is that Lyme disease impairs the immune system and tissues, and the immune system is in continuous fighting mode against the bacteria even after treatment, which causes the continued symptoms.
Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease
Medical News Today provides a list of symptoms that are associated with chronic Lyme disease. These symptoms include:
- Decreased short-term memory
- Joint pain, particularly in the elbows, knees, and shoulders
- Lower back pain
- Muscle Aches
- Neck pain
- Restless sleep
- Speech problems
- Trouble concentrating
At present, chronic Lyme disease has no cure. There is no specific amount of time for when a patient with chronic Lyme disease can expect to recover. Each patient is different, and it’s usually left up to the passage of time before a person recovers. Treatment options typically involved pain and symptom management. Your physician may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, like Tylenol or ibuprofen, or prescribe medication to alleviate muscle soreness.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are commonly recommended for use in treating joint swelling. Speak with your doctor or an AFC Norwalk physician to discuss the best potential medications.
Chronic Lyne disease can be debilitating for some patients, and with no cure in sight and treatment options that are only intended to treat the symptoms, some may feel helpless. Further research is needed to determine why some people develop chronic Lyme disease, and others don’t. If you’ve been bitten by a tick and are concerned about your risk of developing Lyme disease, visit AFC Norwalk today.