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Is Sjögren’s Really Lyme Disease?

There are many conditions and diseases that present similarly enough to be mistaken for one another. In some cases, a person can be diagnosed and treated for a disease or condition when what they have is something else entirely. This issue stems primarily from non-specific symptoms that display differently in different people.

Two such diseases that can often be mistaken for one another are Lyme disease and Sjögren’s syndrome. Lyme disease, especially, can mimic a wide range of other conditions, and Sjögren’s is just one of many diseases that may be diagnosed in a person who actually has Lyme. So, is Sjögren’s syndrome a serious debilitating condition the way Lyme can be? And can Lyme disease and Sjögren’s be considered the same thing? Read on to find out more about both conditions, their connection, and how serious each one can be.

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Can Lyme Disease Be Misdiagnosed As Sjögren’s?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness, often referred to as “The Great Imitator” because of its vast list of non-specific symptoms. Initial Lyme disease infection can present similarly to flu, and late-stage symptoms can be similar to arthritis. Because of this, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as other conditions. And since treatment for Lyme disease needs to occur quickly to rid the body of the borrelia bacteria, these issues with diagnosis can make it much more difficult to get proper treatment and fully recover from the disease.

One example of a health condition that can be mistaken for Lyme disease (or vice versa) is Sjögren’s syndrome. But what is Sjögren’s syndrome, how does it affect the body, and how can Lyme disease be misdiagnosed as Sjögren’s? Read on to learn more.

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Can Lyme Disease Affect The Digestive System?

One of the reasons Lyme disease is so hard to treat is the prevalence of misdiagnosis. But why do these cases of misdiagnosis occur on such a regular basis? Lyme has been recognized as a disease since 1975, when it was first discovered in the state of Connecticut. Yet we still know comparatively little about Lyme disease compared to other disorders. One reason is that the chronic form of the disease has yet to be legitimately recognized by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This has unfortunately led to many medical professionals being undereducated in the symptoms of chronic Lyme.

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What To Do When Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe Your Morgellons Disease Symptoms

Unexplained symptoms suddenly cropping up is a scary prospect for most people. The first place you’d likely go to find comfort and treatment is your local doctor; millions of patients visit their physician every year to address a spectrum of worrying signs and symptoms, and most go on to find treatment. What’s even more scary than the symptoms themselves, however, is the prospect of your doctor not believing you. This can cause a whole gamut of fresh distress for patients, as the person they turn to for help in medical situations is dismissive of their worries. Take Morgellons disease, for example. This rare, unnerving condition is not medically recognized by an official body, despite many thousands of people coming forward with symptoms. So what can you do if your doctor doesn’t believe your Morgellons disease symptoms?

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