Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness associated with a large range of symptoms that may include joint pain, fatigue, night sweats, a sore throat, swollen glands, a stiff neck, palpitations, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability, depression, back pain, headache and dizziness.

If recognized early, Lyme disease can be treated and cured with antibiotics. In some cases, however, the symptoms persist for months or even years. This condition is referred to as chronic Lyme disease or Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS).

Every individual is unique in their genetic makeup, medical history, and environmental exposures, and each of these factors can affect how chronic Lyme disease manifests itself in your body. In addition, chronic Lyme disease shares symptoms with other chronic illnesses, which can complicate the process of diagnosing and treating the disease. For example, chronic Lyme is frequently misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders. Finally, testing sometimes reveals that a patient is suffering from more than one serious health issue, a situation that can undermine attempts to treat the Lyme infection.

At the Kaplan Center, our physicians have years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with complex, chronic conditions such as chronic Lyme disease.

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate symptoms but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that also may be causing or contributing to your symptoms.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We are here for you, and we want to help.

Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment please call: 703-532-4892

Additional Resources:

Fact Sheet: Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Website: National Capital Lyme Disease Association