2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on

Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – June 2006

Can Lyme Disease Become Chronic?

Simple question, complex answer.

by: Christie Aschwanden

PAGE 1 2

Infectious-disease experts say Lyme, once diagnosed, follows a predictable pattern. A short course of antibiotics kills the bacteria, and most people promptly recover. And if the bacteria has already spread, symptoms may linger, but they'll eventually go away, says Henry Feder Jr., M.D., a Lyme expert at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Yet some patients report persistent symptoms weeks or months later. "We call it post-Lyme syndrome," says Feder. Studies indicate these patients no longer have active infections and present symptoms that might arise from other maladies. No one denies they're sick, but their symptoms haven't been firmly linked to Lyme, says Gary Wormser, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at New York Medical College. Furthermore, he says, overusing antibiotics could help spawn drug-resistant "superbugs."

Such positions infuriate Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association (LDA). "We believe it's a chronic disease and antibiotics help ameliorate the symptoms," she says. The LDA and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, a group comprising mostly private physicians, assert that people with lingering symptoms have chronic Lyme and may require months of IV antibiotic therapy. These advocacy groups claim the CDC's criteria for diagnosing Lyme are too stringent, and that lab tests often miss cases of the disease. Smith admits antibiotics are no cure-all, but says it's the only treatment these people have.

PAGE 1 2

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Address 1:
Address 2:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -


Symptoms of lyme disease
Feb 09, 2011

The symptoms of lyme disease are variable and somewhat non specific. Early on there may be fever, headache, depression, tiredness, aching joints, stiff neck, swollen glands and a characteristic skin rash which is called erythema migrans. The rash is not always seen but when present looks a bit like a bulls eye, with a central red area surrounded by the ring of normal coloured skin around which is another ring of the redness.


Your rating:
Your Name:


My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Burger King moving headquarters to Canada
Posted On: Aug 27, 2014
Submitted By: Ben2World
Trailhead Register
Knee Defender Caused Airline to Divert Flight
Posted On: Aug 27, 2014
Submitted By: retired reddog

View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site

Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions