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A recent article regarding Lyme disease in the local York County paper notes that cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in Maine.

The number of Lyme disease cases in Maine tells a story of its own: the reported cases in York County jumped 62 percent between 2007 and 2008, with the increase statewide climbing an astounding 645 percent between 2000 and 2007. …

But the numbers only tell part of the Lyme disease story. It’s the people affected by the disease who bring those numbers to life, one story at a time.

Lyme disease can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including arthritis-like pain, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, and problems with memory loss and concentration.

Fewer than 50 percent of the patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite or a rash. Further, Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose, because symptoms can vary and false negative tests are common.

I have written previously about Lyme disease and Social Security disability. If you have Lyme disease or suspect that you do, it is important to find a Lyme-literate primary care physician, and to consult an infectious disease specialist who handles Lyme cases.