Lyme disease

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What is Lyme disease?

Lyme Disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. Early manifestations of infection may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Left untreated, late manifestations involving the joints, heart, and nervous system can occur.

Common symptoms reported by people with Lyme disease

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Lyme disease

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Doxylin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Lyme disease (55) Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Rocephin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Lyme disease (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Lyme disease (7)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Lyme disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Biaxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Lyme disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Glutathione (IV))
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Flagyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Minocin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)

Data from patients with Lyme disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Lyme disease

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Doxylin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Upset stomach 23 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
Lyme disease (55) Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Rocephin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Elevated liver enzymes 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Diarrhea 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (7)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Lyme disease (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Biaxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Aftertaste Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty urinating (dysuria) Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (4) Lyme disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Glutathione (IV))
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Fatigue
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Flagyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Chronic fatigue Lethargy
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Minocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) Joint pain 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Lyme disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Lyme disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 104
30s 185
40s 303
50s 354
60s 207
70+ 54
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 125
20-29 years 121
30-39 years 153
40-49 years 131
50-59 years 75
60-69 years 16
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 693
Not Diagnosed 76

These charts show data from Lyme disease patients who have completed their condition history
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