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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
39
Tried for
Lyme disease (39) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (7) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Lyme disease (3) fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Lyme disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Biaxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Lyme disease (4)

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 (23 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea upset stomach 14 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Lyme disease (39) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Rocephin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Lyme disease (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Lyme disease (3) fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
heightened agitation nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (2 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue nerve pain (neuralgia)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Lyme disease (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Biaxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Lyme disease (3 evaluations)
Side effects
aftertaste Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Lyme disease (4)
  • 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 16
20s 122
30s 227
40s 335
50s 412
60s 268
70+ 83
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 132
20-29 years 128
30-39 years 159
40-49 years 137
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 20
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 291
Female 1199

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 740
Not Diagnosed 84

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