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Can Late Lyme Disease Cause Chronic Cough
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?
Yes, it could: Lyme disease effects human body with prominent neurological involvement. The patient may manifest the following flu-like symptoms with joints pain, muscles pain, fatigue, headache, stiff neck, sore throat, fever, chills and enlarged lymph nodes. Headache is the most common symptom (in 50%) and can transform in chronic daily headache. See orofacial pain specialist near you for headache management. ...Read more
Unlikely: It's possible but unlikely.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: These two disease are caused by very different micro-organisms. Both can be treated, but with different medications. ...Read more
Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?
It depends: If a person receives proper treatment within several days of contracting lyme disease a person almost always has a complete recovery. However, if it is not treated until someone has had it for weeks or months then it often becomes a chronic disease that can be difficult to fully eradicate even with intensive treatment. ...Read more
NO: Early lyme disease often causes symptoms such as fever (usually mild), fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pains, swollen glands & a bulls-eye rash starting within 2 days to a few weeks after being infected, but these symptoms may be brief & not everyone will have a fever. Once this early stage resolves, many other symptoms eventually develop, but fever is not a common symptom of chronic lyme disease. ...Read more
Real & controversial: There is a huge divide here. Most infectious disease specialists believe chronic lyme doesn't exist while ilads, a group of docs who specialize in lyme, strongly believes in it. I have many patients suffering from chronic lyme. See http://www.Hindawi. Com/journals/ipid/2010/876450/ and http://www.Ilads. Org/lyme_research/chronic_lyme. Html and http://columbia-lyme. Org/patients/ld_chronic. Html. ...Read more
Unknown: At this point in time there is a lot of discussion about this topic and many who feel there may be some association but there has been no known proof of an association of Lyme disease and an elevated CA 125. This is still being researched and nothing that can say a definite cause and effect. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes there are: I can't possibly cover all the alterativs that help. I'll assume you mean in addition to antibiotics which you are taking. Support adrenal system with adaptogens like eleuthero senticosis, panax ginseng, rhodiols rosea, holy basil. These help rebalance andrenals, support immune system and restore energy. Drink lots of water w/lemon juice, eat organic fruits & veggies. Check out your thyroid too. ...Read more
Can staying in the house were the dogs have deer tick bring deer tick to you? And cause Lyme disease?
Yes: Only deer ticks carry lyme. Wood ticks do not. About 80% of deer ticks are infected. ...Read more
How can I over come late stage Lyme disease.it has already hit my neurological system and damaged my nerves.
With help of good Dr: Treating late stage Lyme is very complex and challenging. Many docs feel long courses of IV antibiotics are needed but I find it responds better to using herbs, supplements, homeopathy & judicious use of antibiotics. Treating co-infections like Bartonella is essential. You need the help of a good doc who specializes in this. Listen to http://betterhealthguy.com/dr-randy-baker-talk and see comment: ...Read more
I would like to know the length or time frames for the various stages of Lyme disease, from one's "innoculation", to late stage. Thankyou.?
Highly variable: Acute lyme symptoms can occur 3-30 days after innoculation and are generally non-specific flu-like symptoms, with a rash 70% of the time. This lasts a few days to a few weeks. "Late stage" symptoms can appear within weeks of infection but in some cases don't appear for years. A healthy immune system may keep lyme at bay until another stressor occurs. See my comment for more info & links. ...Read more
Tested positive for 3 IgG bands (41, 58, 66) in March. Tested again in Dec and a 4th reactive band appeared (45). Could I have chronic lyme disease?
Possible: you need to discusswith your physician - this may say you have been exposed but that enough is not able to make a diagnosis of chronic lyme disese. ...Read more
Is there anything else I could be doing to treat my late Lyme disease other than just taking the antibiotics? No noticeable improvement after 2 weeks
May take longer: Late lyme, disseminated throughout the body and often in cns, takes longer treatment to resolve. Several months. Also, many docs will use more than one antibiotic, to get the different forms of the lyme bacteria, like the spirochete, the cell wall deficient form and the cyst form. Supplements that improve immune system function also speed up recovery. ...Read more
What is your views on diagnosis/ treatment for late stage (untreated) Lyme disease? Have had symptoms 5yrs and now getting Diagnosis. Thoughts on it?
I have chronic Lyme disease have been treated for 4 years finally starting to feel better and now only on abx every two weeks why are so many doctors?
In California?: Where did you get lyme? Not much in the west. I am glad you are better but many id physicians do not believe that there is a chronic lyme borelliosis. ...Read more
Mepron (atovaquone): This is the brand name for atovaquone, an antiparasitic drug used occasionally in patients with tick borne illnesses when coinfection with babesia microti may be present and Azithromycin is used in combination. Not aware that Atovaquone is active against borellia burgdorfi, but if you go on line you can find testaments to its efficacy for almost anything. Be skeptical. ...Read more
Lyme disease: There is much speculation, primarily in the lay press about "adrenal exhaustion" due to lyme disease. This seems to be purely theoretical and not based on any firm scientific evidence. The problem is that there is much we do not understand about lyme disease, and it has been the speculative cause of many unexplained illnesses. Stick to "proven" facts, and adrenal insufficiency is not. ...Read more
A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
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