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A Devious Disease

March 13, 2024

Years of pain, paralysis and fear - without a diagnosis. For a long time, medicine seemed to ignore Lyme disease. The film accompanies several patients as they fight for an accurate diagnosis -- and the right treatment.

DW-Dokumentation | Stills aus: Die tückische Krankheit
Image: Sideways
DW-Dokumentation | Stills aus: Die tückische Krankheit
Image: Sideways

Many Lyme disease patients suffer for a long time before receiving a diagnosis. Their symptoms, including pain and paralysis, often seem to indicate other diseases, like MS. The fact that they have been bitten by a tick that carried Lyme disease often only emerges after many examinations. This is exactly what happened to two of the film’s subjects: a girl from Brooklyn, NY and a researcher at Duke University. Both decided to take matters into their own hands and began carrying out independent research into their symptoms. Both ended up in the middle of a controversial medical debate and found themselves having to fight hard for adequate treatment.

Broadcasting Hours: 

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TUE 02.04.2024 – 01:15 UTC
TUE 02.04.2024 – 04:15 UTC
TUE 02.04.2024 – 18:15 UTC
WED 03.04.2024 – 09:15 UTC
WED 03.04.2024 – 15:15 UTC
WED 03.04.2024 – 21:15 UTC
THU 04.04.2024 – 12:15 UTC
SAT 06.04.2024 – 08:15 UTC
SUN 07.04.2024 – 13:15 UTC

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