Patient information

You have been diagnosed with Lyme disease or suspect you have been infected. Getting diagnosed with Lyme disease can be an overwhelming experience. You might have had negative experiences with physicians in the past. It might come as a shock that you have an infectious disease or as a relief that your symptoms are finally explained.

Depending on your medical history and symptoms you might be seen by a rheumatologist, neurologist or infectious disease doctor. A specialist will try to determine whether your symptoms are caused by Lyme disease and differentiate your symptoms from other diseases.

Provider search

Some patients are told their symptoms can not be due to Lyme disease because they do not present with swollen joints, acute meningitis, Bell’s palsy or heart block and the tests for Lyme disease are not always able to pick up the disease. When your symptoms are more subjective you might get labeled with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and/or depression.

To find the cause of your symptoms it can be helpful to consult a doctor specialized in Lyme disease and associated conditions. You can request information about doctors in your area trough the Provider Search on the ILADS website.

Symptom checklist

 Symptom checklist

Information for physicians

 Lyme CME , free evidence-based, AAFP-accredited courses on Lyme disease

 Bartonella webinar for physicians , youtube webinar by Edward B. Breitschwerdt and B. Robert Mozayeni

ILADS guidelines 2014

IDSA guidelines 2006


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