It is also important for providers to consider other tickborne diseases. Anaplasmosis, Powassan Virus (rare), Erlichiosis, and other tickborne pathogens have been found in ticks in Vermont. Vermonters who remain ill after treatment for Lyme disease may have infections such as Babesia or Bartonella that require different treatment. A patient can also have a tickborne infection without having Lyme disease.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important to preventing long-term problems or poorer health outcomes. Lyme disease may present in a traditional way, with joint pain, fevers, and a “Bulls-Eye” rash. Tickborne diseases can also present as emotional difficulties, memory loss, vision problems, or extreme tiredness – without the presence of joint pain or rash. In children, a tickborne disease may mimic ADHD or learning disabilities.
A positive Lyme test does not always mean someone has active Lyme disease. It may mean that a person was infected in the past and the body produced antibodies that successfully eliminated the Bb bacteria. Also, some viral illnesses or other infections can trigger the body to make antibodies against Lyme – even in the absence of a current Lyme infection.
Misdiagnosis Patients with tickborne illnesses have been misdiagnosed with diseases including mood and anxiety disorders, heart problems, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Arthritis, and more. It is also possible for a patient with a serious illness can be misdiagnosed with Lyme disease.
Lyme Patients in Vermont Not all Vermont physicians have accurate information about diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, and some patients have felt stigmatized. Make it okay for patients to ask about your training in the treatment of tickborne diseases, and your perspective on the controversies surrounding Lyme disease. Be sure to consider how Lyme can present as mental health disorders such as Anxiety or Depression before you prescribe antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications. You may consider attending physician trainings that offer additional perspectives and information to consider, along with CDC/IDSA recommendations.
To report a tickborne disease the Vermont Department of Health would like you to call them directly at 802-863-7240. The CDC also posts a Lyme Disease Case Report form online.
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