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I've done quite a bit of research on this topic and I think I can help you a little bit here. To put this a simple as possible, it seems that while there are several connections to Fibro/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)/Lyme Disease, there are a few symptoms that seem to stick out and are quite unique in each disease. For Lyme, many sufferers describe arthritic pain in joints like the hips and knees that Fibro or CFS sufferers don't usually complain of. For Fibro, where there seems to be constant pain in specific trigger points, Lyme and CFS sufferers don't usually display this. Also, for Fibro and CFS, there lies the involvement of 2 things -- unusual but profound sensitivities to medications/herbs that were once tolerable before onset of illness and post exertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours. I myself suffer from both of these. I have to be very careful with medications because even small amounts of certain things can make me ill for days. I also have to be very careful not to cross the "invisible" line when exercising or I will be extremely sore and very sick the next couple of days. I haven't come across much evidence that shows Lyme disease sufferers will display these symptoms unless they have also developed Fibro or CFS in addition to it. It may very well be that Lyme disease was at the helm of Fibro or CFS but not necessarily the cause of all symptoms. It's a very confusing and frustrating diagnosis to make. My thing has always been that if you get a positive Western Blot/Elisa and display any unusual symptoms at all, why not at least give antibiotics a try?

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