Most people who get Lyme disease (transmitted by ticks) take a course of antibiotics and move on with their lives. But others seem to experience "chronic" Lyme disease, which can last their whole lives. These people report problems ranging from dizziness and memory loss to severe fatigue, nerve damage and paranoia. The question: Is chronic Lyme disease real?
For now, it seems to depend on whom you ask. Most mainstream medical organizations say that there isn't enough evidence to support it, and that sufferers are either imagining their symptoms or developing other problems that are unrelated to Lyme. But there are some doctors and plenty of patients who believe this condition is very real and very serious.
A new documentary, Under Your Skin, addresses this controversy and explains why chronic Lyme disease just might be the next epidemic. It's being released at the IFC Center in New York City on June 19th, and afterwards will be screened at different venues around the country. To learn more, go to www.underourskin.com or check out the trailer at http://www..com/watch?v=uSsnMQHIJZk
Do you have Lyme disease? Do you believe that the disease can exist in a chronic, persistent form?
—Barbara Brody, Health Editor
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