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Frequent misdiagnosis of Lyme disease

Some patients in New York may be suffering from Lyme disease without even knowing it. According to the results of a survey published by LymeDisease.org, 61 percent of people with the disease do not receive a correct diagnosis for at least two years. In many cases, the symptoms of Lyme disease are mistaken for mood disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The study, which was released in May, surveyed 6,104 people with Lyme disease. Nearly half of those surveyed said that they were not tested for Lyme disease right away due to false assumptions that the condition could not be contracted in their area. In reality, Lyme disease exists and can be contracted in every state.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are around 300,000 Lyme disease cases each year around the country. When patients are diagnosed with Lyme disease early on, treatments can help to prevent long-term complications. However, only 21 percent of patients who have symptoms of Lyme disease received a correct diagnosis within six months, according to the survey. Half of the patients who were surveyed said that they remained sick with the illness for over 10 years.

A patient who has recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease may have contracted it long before receiving the diagnosis. Individuals in this situation may want to discuss their medical history with an attorney. After looking at a patient's medical records, an attorney may be able to determine if the patient has a case for filing a medical malpractice claim.

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