Lyme Disease – The Facts


Lyme disease is a serious infection that is spread to humans by tick bites and chronic Lyme disease, while controversial, also displays similar symptoms to M.E.


“Lyme disease is a serious infection that is spread to humans by tick bites. It is always in the news – often because someone has not been diagnosed and treated during the crucial early stages.

“As a result, they may have developed a chronic and untreatable form of Lyme disease, which can cause joint, heart and neurological complications. Lyme disease has a number of symptoms that are very similar to M.E.

“Lyme disease should always be considered if there is any indication that M.E. symptoms may have followed a tick bite, or were accompanied by an unusual skin rash at the site of a bite…”

Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:

  • Controversies and uncertainties
  • What is Lyme Disease?
  • NHS blood tests
  • Early symptoms and signs
  • Complications
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Preventing and removing tick bites

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

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