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Lyme Disease Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you still having symptoms, such as muscle aches, joint pain, or fatigue?
  • Are you having problems with weakness, numbness, or muscle movement?
  • Are you having problems with memory, thinking, or completing tasks?
  • Have you been able to maintain your work or school schedule? Have you missed any days due to your symptoms?
  • How often have you missed or forgotten a dose of your antibiotic?
  • Have you recently had a tick bite or been in a wooded area?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you have a rash, fever, fatigue, muscle aches, or headaches?
  • Is your rash or red area growing larger or remaining about the same?
  • When did you first notice symptoms? How long have you had them?
  • Are your symptoms always present or do they come and go? Are they improving?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • What side effects are you experiencing from your antibiotic?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Could I have Lyme disease even if I don't remember having a tick bite?
  • How is Lyme disease diagnosed? What tests do I need? Are tests always needed?
  • What treatment options are available for Lyme disease?
  • Do I need to see an infectious disease specialist?
  • How long will I need to take antibiotics? What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • How will you know if my Lyme disease is cured?
  • What is post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome? How common is it and how long does it typically last?
  • Once I complete Lyme disease treatment, can I get it again?
  • How can I avoid Lyme disease in the future?
  • Could another antibiotic be just as effective with fewer side effects?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to Lyme disease?
  • How do you know whether or not some other condition is the cause of my symptoms?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
  1. Lyme Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html
  2. Lyme Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20374655
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