Why Lyme Disease is the Lying Disease

Recently, we at PatientWorthy told you why checking for ticks is the most important thing for you to do this summer, and the proper way to make ticks pull out if/when you do find one. But in addition to checking for/removing ticks ASAP, it’s important to see your doctor and get tested for Lyme disease if you’ve been in an area where it’s prevalent.

DID YOU KNOW however, that even if you’re tested for Lyme disease and the results are negative, that doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have it?


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The Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva has recently asked its members to contact their delegates and Maryland state senators in support of House Bill 399. If passed, the bill would require healthcare providers to inform patients that a negative Lyme disease test doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have the disease.

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This is the Delaware Legislative Hall, site of a discussion on June 8, 2016. A group of  Lyme disease patients opposed passage of House Bill 291, which they say would make getting an accurate diagnosis, even more difficult because it would encourage educational programs for health care professionals that do not include standards instituted by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. [Source: Wikipedia.com]
You might be wondering how someone could receive a “false negative.” Well, diagnostic tests are sometimes performed before antibodies have had a chance to develop in the body of a potential patient. If symptoms of Lyme disease appear–EVEN AFTER A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT–it’s important to seek medical attention right away!

A year ago, TIME reported that the number of counties in the United States with high incidences of Lyme disease has increased 320%, partially because of climate change. So PLEASE, folks: don’t just search for ticks and remove them, don’t just get tested, but do those things and also KNOW THE SYMPTOMS!

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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