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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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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There is Lyme disease for dogs. Is there one for humans?

There is Lyme disease for dogs. Is there one for humans?

No: I assume you meant to ask about a lyme vaccine. There is none available for humans. The only one was removed from the market years ago. ...Read more

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Can one get Lyme disease if accidently eat a tick?

Can one get Lyme disease if accidently eat a tick?

Never heard of: Although one can imagine that a tick could have attached to the intestinal lining and thereby transmitting the infection, it is likely that the tick would not have survived the passage in the stomach where there are acid and enzymes. At any rate, I am not aware of this mode of transmission. ...Read more

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Why is it that I never got Lyme disease from a tick even though I was bit by one?

Why is it that I never got Lyme disease from a tick even though I was bit by one?

Several reasons: If it was a wood tick, it does not carry lyme. Not all deer ticks are infected. The tick must be attached for 12 hours or so to infect a person. ...Read more

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What are side effects when using doxycycline to treat Lyme disease?

What are side effects when using doxycycline to treat Lyme disease?

Allergic reactions: Can be very serious side effects if there is: difficulty in breathing, chest tightness, swelling of tongue, diarrhea with or without bloody stools, severe headaches, severe skin reactions like urticaria, blistered or pealing skin. Common and relatively mild se are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite mild temporary skin rash with or without itching, sensitivity to sunlight. But, overall quite safe. ...Read more

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If one has a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder for 4 yrs & symptoms worsen during a Lyme disease herx, what should one conclude?

If one has a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder for 4 yrs & symptoms worsen during a Lyme disease herx, what should one conclude?

DID + Stress = worse: It is highly likely that the state you live in with did is rather stable and you do your best to keep things known, quiet, and "comfortable." illness/trauma or other unpredictable intrusions into this will tend to worsen your symptoms as it unbalances your world. Will likely stay that way unless you get professional psychological help during the crisis while you address the 'new' issue. Good luck! ...Read more

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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.?

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

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What does one do if they got treatment for Lyme disease, but still getting same sympthoms and test now coming up negative? Test was wrong 2x last time

Lyme dz: These may not be Lyme symptoms. Check with doc. Alternatively, Lyme produces immune responses that linger, become chronic. Joints and other tissues can be affected. Requires careful interpretation by doc who sees you frequently. ...Read more

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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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Is it typical for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Is it typical for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes: Lyme disease can cause symmetric polyarthralgias - pain in numerous joints on both sides of the body. Although rare, lyme disease is usually easy to treat if identifed quickly. There are blood tests so if you and your dr have a concern, it shoud be pretty quick to rule in/out. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Lyme Disease: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite.This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease.However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of lyme disease. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease change the way substances and medications affect your body and brain?

Can Lyme disease change the way substances and medications affect your body and brain?

Yes-it's complicated: Lyme is a complex illness. Lyme often causes liver inflammation (hepatitis) which can affect how the liver metabolizes medications ; herbs. Lyme also causes encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) related to infection, inflammation ; microbial toxins and an inflamed brain will likely react to medicines/herbs differently than a healthy brain. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Please explain if it is possible for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes: Generalized aching is a symptom of primary lyme disease. However, swelling of multiple joints is not. If the small joints (hands and feet) are involved it is virtually never going to be lyme disease. ...Read more

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One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may possibly be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your body develops antibodies to Lyme disease And blood work shows my body fighting infection??

What does it mean if your body develops antibodies to Lyme disease And blood work shows my body fighting infection??

Still infected: If your body is still fighting the infection, you will require further treatment even though you have developed some protective antibody to the organism. Think of it as ISIS. Certainly there is resistance to its invasion but the resistance has not killed it yet. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease and can it wait 2 - 3 months to show symptoms got bit by one now throwing up coughing tired and wheezing?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease and can it wait 2 - 3 months to show symptoms got bit by one now throwing up coughing tired and wheezing?

Many and varied; yes: Lyme disease can cause virtually any symptom in the world. Early lyme tends to cause non-specific flu-like symptoms & a rash. Then it tends to cause joint pains (esp. Knee pain) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory & concentration & a variety of neurological symptoms. As it progresses it may be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis etc. See comment:. ...Read more

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Would there have to be bulleyes mark on body for Lyme disease? Been experiencing chest pain/Sleep disturbances. Heart Tests were norm. Not Lyme Carditis?

Would there have to be bulleyes mark on body for Lyme disease? Been experiencing chest pain/Sleep disturbances. Heart Tests were norm. Not Lyme Carditis?

Not always a rash: The classic bullseye rash is not necessary to diagnoses lyme's. If you live in an area with many deer ticks and there is a possibility that one was on your body for more than 24-36 hours, it would be beneficial to go in to clinic to discuss blood testing for lyme's disease. ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology: When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more

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My dad just found out he has Lyme disease and e has had it for 9 years drs just keep tellig his it was athrightus he is in a lot of pain what cn we do?

?: According to the most up to date research, once tx'ed, lyme disease is no longer present. However, it is possible that if it wasn't treated, he could have other chronic problems. First, make sure he was treated with appropriate antibiotics and for the right amount of time. Second, if treated right, sometimes, people can have autoimmune reactions related to the lyme disease. Talk to his doc. ...Read more

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Help please! I don't know when will my Lyme disease and bartonella be cured?

See details: Lyme is the most misdiagnosed disease today. I doubt you have both active Lyme and Bartonella. See an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

Tick bite not Lyme disease that won't heal, what do I do?

See below: Sounds like you need to see doctor for an exam to make certain nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of new Lyme disease if you don't have a rash?

What are the symptoms of new Lyme disease if you don't have a rash?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease affects different areas of the body in varying degrees as it progresses. The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, nerve. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

See details: I assume you know what a bruise looks like. If it looks like a bruise, it is likely to be a bruise. The lyme rash often has a bulls-eye appearance. ...Read more

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What causes Lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi: This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an ixodes tick. ...Read more

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Could I have Lyme disease?

Yes: But you haven't listed any symptoms, so it's hard to give opinion. Lyme disease symptoms are similar to many others, and can be tested for by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does lyme disease go away?

Does lyme disease go away?

Not if untreated.: Untreated Lyme disease can progress to have cardiac (heart) and neurologic (brain and nerves) complications. If left untreated too long some damage can be permanent. Lyme disease can be treated with common antibiotics. If you have symptoms, like a bullseye rash, joint pains, fevers, or headache, and have a reasonable chance of exposure, please see a doctor for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the LD germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more