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Are Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome related?

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Dr. Randy Baker
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In brief: Similar symptoms

Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome can have very similar symptoms.
By definition, if one has chronic fatigue syndrome other causes of fatigue like lyme disease have been ruled out, so if one has lyme disease, by definition they do no have cfs. However, it is likely that many people who have been diagnosed with cfs actually have undiagnosed lyme disease. See comment for more:.

In brief: Similar symptoms

Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome can have very similar symptoms.
By definition, if one has chronic fatigue syndrome other causes of fatigue like lyme disease have been ruled out, so if one has lyme disease, by definition they do no have cfs. However, it is likely that many people who have been diagnosed with cfs actually have undiagnosed lyme disease. See comment for more:.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
The reason many with CFS have undiagnosed Lyme is they haven't been tested or haven't had proper tests done. Many doctors don't realize how common Lyme is & don't consider it if someone doesn't have a history of a tick bite (though half of those with Lyme don't recall a tick bite). Also many Lyme tests are false negatives- even the best tests don't always show it & the best tests are seldom done!
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