Post/Chronic Lyme pts have more anxiety, depression: STUDY

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease Archives' started by victoria, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Depression, pain may accompany chronic Lyme disease
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:08pm IST

    By Megan Rauscher

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Depression and the chronic pain syndrome
    fibromyalgia are common in patients who suffer from chronic Lyme disease and
    seem to correlate with poor functional outcomes, results of a study

    The term chronic Lyme disease describes patients with persistent Lyme
    disease despite prior treatment with a conventional 2- to 4-week course of

    Dr. Afton L. Hassett from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
    Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick and colleagues
    studied 159 patients seen at an academic Lyme disease referral center.

    They evaluated the prevalence and role of psychiatric "co-morbid" illness
    and psychological factors in 77 patients with chronic Lyme disease and 82
    (comparison) patients without chronic Lyme disease. The comparison patients
    either recovered from Lyme disease or had Lyme-like symptoms explained by
    other conditions.

    The investigators found that depression and anxiety disorders were far more
    prevalent in chronic Lyme disease patients than in comparison patients.

    The chronic Lyme disease patients were also more apt to report pain and had
    higher levels of negative feelings and lower levels of positive feelings.
    They also had a greater number of symptoms and worse functioning.

    The results, related to the prevalence of depression and anxiety and the
    powerful role of psychological variables in functional outcomes, were
    "striking and more pronounced than we expected," Hassett noted in comments
    to Reuters Health.

    "This is not to say that patients' symptoms are purely psychological because
    in most cases they are not, but it is clear that depression and anxiety are
    common in this and many medical populations and need to be treated," he

    The study also showed that almost 47 percent of the chronic Lyme disease
    patients qualified for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. "Sleep disturbance is
    common in most patients with fibromyalgia and this appeared to be the case
    in many of our chronic Lyme disease subjects," Hassett mentioned. "Often
    detecting and treating the sleep problems can result in significant
    symptomatic improvement," he added.

    SOURCE: Arthritis and Rheumatism, December 2008.
  2. munch1958

    munch1958 Member

    Just decided across the board we all were depressed and can't sleep. By replacing hormones that we are low in many times these sorts of symptoms are resolved. Many with Lyme don't respond to ADs according to my LLMD because they are deficient in other hormones. The typical patient is low in 2-7 hormones.

  3. Shalome1990

    Shalome1990 New Member

    I believe it. Can explain us very simply,

    Tired, but can't sleep
    In pain, but can't get relief
    Depressed, but want to do so much.......