Is Fibromyalgia Caused by Lyme Disease?

Today we will be discussing a topic that gains a lot of interest in online discussion forums.  In our experience, many patients feel that Lyme disease is the cause of Fibromyalgia, and if someone is diagnosed with Fibromyalgia they need to be screened for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. In today’s broadcast we will delve further into this topic and present some of the most up to date research on this subject.

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2. Long-Term Assessment of Fibromyalgia in Patients with Culture-Confirmed Lyme Disease.
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10. Development of a Multiantigen Panel for Improved Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi Infection in Early Lyme Disease.
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