LymeJust a few months ago, Elise Graham, 24, believed she was going to die.

“It hit a point where I became at peace with it,” she told weather.com. “[My health] was completely out of my control.”

Now, Graham knows through a clinical diagnosis that she has chronic Lyme, a controversial syndrome believed to be a more progressed version of the better known tick-borne disease.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 cases of Lyme reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year, but experts believe around 300,000 are actually infected with the disease annually. For most Lyme patients, a blood test is conducted to confirm infection, and they are treated with antibiotics. But some develop chronic Lyme that either isn’t detected by the routine blood test, or they never receive a test, typically because they aren’t in a Lyme-endemic region. [read]

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