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Lyme Disease Is Still a Mystery to Many Doctors

With the cold upon us, tick season is considered over for many residents of Iowa and elsewhere. However, as we at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., are aware, people with Lyme disease can suffer from this mysterious illness throughout the year. If you work in an industry that puts you at risk of exposure to ticks, you may be interested in reading this post.

As Harvard Health Publishing explains, Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by the bite of the deer tick, a common pest that has been found in all 50 states. Not all people who have Lyme disease exhibit the bulls-eye rash that is considered a common indicator of the illness. In fact, many symptoms of Lyme disease are vague and resemble the symptoms of other illnesses and conditions, which can further complicate your diagnosis and treatment if you suspect you have this disease.

A strict antibiotic regimen is effective for many who suffer from Lyme disease, but unfortunately, not all who get antibiotics improve. This has led to what many in the medical community now call post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLD), which means that patients can continue to suffer for months or years after being treated with the approved antibiotics for Lyme. Additionally, the bacteria may not show up in a blood test after treatment, despite your symptoms still being present.

Our workers’ compensation page explains that an accurate diagnosis is crucial if you have a work-related illness like Lyme disease. If you need to fight to get properly diagnosed and treated, experienced legal counsel may be necessary.