At Your Appointment

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.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • 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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  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