Experts now recognise that Lyme disease can take a chronic form and while we don’t know exactly how frequently this occurs, the latest studies predict up to 100,000 new cases in Germany and up to 300,000 in the USA.
But what is the difference between:
In chronic neuroborreliosis, the disease is manifested exclusively in the nervous system but not in other organ systems. All parts of the nervous system – the central nervous system, the cranial nerves, the peripheral nervous system and the vegetative nervous system – can be affected to different degrees. For this reason, patients often report varying degrees of discomfort.
This is why Lyme patients are often diagnosed with having a mental illness; doctors rarely consider that their symptoms might be the result of a chronic infection.
The general chronic form (late form) refers to the multisystemic disease, which affects the nervous system and other organ systems. It has been proven that different Borrelia strains “prefer” different organ systems and can therefore cause different symptoms.