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What are the differences between the three stages of lyme disease?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Local, systemic: 1. Early localized (flu-like symptoms within wks). 2.Early disseminated-spreading thru body (facial paralysis-bell's palsy, joint aches or swelling, palpitations-weeks to mos later). 3. Late disseminated: centralnervous system- movement, speech problems, numbness, tingling, muscle problems, weakness, cognitive problems. Germ causing lyme cousin of syphilis germ-get it differently, behaves similar.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Time since infection: Stage 1, early localized, occurs 1-4 weeks after infection with rash around bite, headache, fatigue, muscle/joint pains & fever. Then comes early disseminated for 1-4 months with similar symptoms but the heart & nervous system can be affected.Then late persistent which often has arthritis & more neurologic symptoms.The earlier treated the better.See http://arthritis.Webmd.Com/tc/lyme-disease-symptoms.

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What are the stages of Lyme disease?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Different stages: You can have the rash called erythema chronicum migrans after the tick bite. This is the intiial acute infection and characteristic rash If it is not detected then it can incubate in your body and cause later sequela such as arthritis adn other systems can be invovled. There are blood tests that can be done to help clarify the diagnosis. Your physician can test for Borrelia Burgdoreri.

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