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Should I get tested for Lyme disease if I am outdoors a lot this summer?

Should I get tested for Lyme disease if I am outdoors a lot this summer?

Not unless...: You have a tick bite that devolpes a bullseye ring, and/or you become ill after a tick bite. We do not routinely test. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Disease (Definition)

A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more


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Whats a reliable test for Lyme disease?

Whats a reliable test for Lyme disease?

Western Blot Analysi: A western plot analysis which looks at at least 5 and sometimes 7 individual preciptins. You must have three positive for a definitive dx. ...Read more

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Is zithromax good for Lyme disease?

Is zithromax good for Lyme disease?

Yes.: . It may do well. Irrespective, you should be on a 3 month course of doxycline 100 mg bid, which is both the cdc 's recommended therapy for all stages of lyme disease. ...Read more

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Is there a link between dissociative identity disorder and acute chronic Lyme disease? Can a person have both & can did be misdiagnosed?

Is there a link between dissociative identity disorder and acute chronic Lyme disease? Can a person have both & can did be misdiagnosed?

DID is complicated: Dissociative identity conditions are very complicated and can be difficult to diagnose. Any medical condition which might impact the brain can present with symptoms which appear to dissociative in nature . Of course a person can always have both conditions. You always want to try to rule out underlying medical conditions when you deal with any psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Can someone with Lyme disease have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Can someone  with Lyme disease have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes.: It occurs. But it may not be do to lyme as well. Irrespective, you should be on a 1-3 month course of doxycline 100 mg bid. Lyme arthritis is unpleasant. Late neurologic disease is unnecessary and worse. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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Can natural anti-inflammatory compounds relieve joint inflammation caused by Lyme disease?

Can natural anti-inflammatory compounds relieve joint inflammation caused by Lyme disease?

Not really.: Lyme disease should be treated with Doxycycline as recommened by the cdc and national academy of medicine, (except in children-amoxicillin, and pregnant females-erythromycin.)you can take an otc NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) for your jont pain, or get an rx from your pcp. Arthritis is a main feature of lyme, and needs more than symptom control. 3-0mega fatty acids can reduce inflammation and improve lipids. ...Read more

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Is a lumbar puncture a test for lymes disease?

Is a lumbar puncture a test for lymes disease?

Only if neuro suspec: Only if neurologic disease is supect.

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Can there be anything i can do to relieve chest and joint pain from lyme's disease?

Yes!: Take an NSAID like Naproxen and follow a course of Doxycycline 100mg bid or clarythromycin 500mg bid for one month! ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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How long does joint pain and stiffness associated with Lyme advanced last?

How long does joint pain and stiffness associated with Lyme advanced last?

Depends!: You should have been treated with Doxycycline 100mg bid for at least a month. Improvement speed is related to the stage of disease the lyme was found. You should take an NSAID for pain. A low dose (2.5mg) of Prednisone in the morning will also help with your arthritis symptoms. ...Read more

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How long vivid dreams from stopping lorazapam? It has been 1 mo.. Also diagnosed with lyme/bartonella & clinical hypothyrodism. No meds thyroid/azith for l & b. Will i need IV treatmnt later

How long  vivid dreams from stopping lorazapam?  
It has been 1 mo..  Also diagnosed with lyme/bartonella & clinical hypothyrodism.  No meds thyroid/azith for l & b.  Will i need IV treatmnt later

Complicated: Treating lyme and bartonella can be tricky and so would really recommend getting an opinion from a university based hospital that has a lyme center or someone that has special interest in this. ...Read more

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Living with Crohn's Disease (Checklist)

Find a gastroenterologist and follow their treatment regiment
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Stop smoking
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Could somebody be immune to a symptom of a disease?

Could somebody be immune to a symptom of a disease?

No.: This would make you "immune" to a disease. Seriously, most autoimmune diseases have many symptoms. Most patient may lack one or more features of the disease, or the symptom may be subtle and less pronounced than other features of a condition. This is vitrutally true for most autoimmune diseases! ...Read more

Dr. Matthew Majzun
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Interstial Lung Disease (Definition)

Interstitial lung disease is a group of various conditions that affect the thin tissue between the airspaces in the lung. These disorders lead to thickening, fibrosis & scarring of the lung over time, making it difficult for patients to breathe. They can be caused by exposure to environmental toxins, certain drugs, infections, autoimmune disorders, genetic problems ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more