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Doctor insights on: Can Lyme Disease Flare Up Again After Years

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Can Lyme disease be detected years after getting it?

Can Lyme disease be detected years after getting it?

Yes, but not always: There are many tests for lyme disease, but none are totally reliable. The elisa test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- I recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratories may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best. ...Read more

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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What can be done to treat Lyme disease that has gone undiagnosed for several years?

What can be done to treat Lyme disease that has gone undiagnosed for several years?

Antibiotic: Treatment is based on the stage of disease and tve severity. If Lyme disease is confirmed (do not rely on a blood test alone) the treatment is usually either doxycycline (oral antibiotic) or rocephin (ceftriaxone) (given IM or IV). Even late Lyme disease is treatable. ...Read more

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I was diagosed with lyme disease 9 years ago How can I live with long term lyme disease?

I was diagosed with lyme disease 9 years ago How can I live with long term lyme disease?

Treatment?: If you were treated 9 years ago, then you likely killed off most if not all of the bacteria and this will not affect you long term much at all. However, there are a small number of people who deal with long term after effects of the infection that can be difficult to treat. But I am not finding any studies that say this effects the length of your life. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

Usually within weeks: Usually weeks, months and years. A good website to review is:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20019701
The timing will depend on which body systems are invovled ...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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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?

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

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If I've had Lyme disease for many years, can it still be treated even if there's been nerve damage?

See below: The disease (bacteria) can be treated but the secondary effects of the disease being present for so many years are likely permanent. See you physician to have lyme disease blood testing done to confirm or refute the presence of the disease. ...Read more

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Daughter just diagnosed with Lyme disease 5 years after bite. Has had numerous symptoms. Wondering what treatment should be.?

Physician eval: Likely would require course of antibiotics but best have an evaluation by a physician with experience in cases like this. ...Read more

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Had a bullseye rash about 3 years ago, haven't really felt good since. Found info on Lyme disease while trying to find some help. Should I be tested?

Had a bullseye rash about 3 years ago, haven't really felt good since. Found info on Lyme disease while trying to find some help. Should I be tested?

Well: Testing is usually not positive doesn't show the line infection for a couple weeks. Recommend Healthtap visit or see a doctor in person for diagnosis and treatment. It's important to get anabiotic treatment early when you have a target rash because it can be Lyme disease and you can prevent the complications by getting anabiotic treatment early ...Read more

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Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?

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

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Dr said he suspects I've had Lyme disease untreated for 5 years. He will test soon, if positive, what's the treatment? Antibiotics?

Dr said he suspects I've had Lyme disease untreated for 5 years. He will test soon, if positive, what's the treatment? Antibiotics?

Lyme disease: 3 points. Lyme does not show up with serological testing in most cases. Lyme passes 100% of the time between significant others, so have your partner checked and treated. There are 4 components to treating Lyme. Doxy Monohydrate for the Spirochete. Identify and treat accompanying parasites with Systemic Formulas' VRM herbal products. Identify and treat co-infections. Treat biotoxins c cholorell ...Read more

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How long could the IgG in Lyme disease stay positive? Could it stay positive more than 5-10 years? I know the IgM ab convert to IgG just want an answer

Yes, positive 20+ yrs: Research suggests igg antibodies can persist at least 20 years after infection. While igm antibodies appear first, unlike other infections they often persist ; are a good indicator of persistent infection. One may have chronic lyme with or without persistence of igg antibodies. Chronic lyme is difficult to fully eradicate ; no current test proves that it is no longer present in your body! ...Read more

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Who is the best physician to treat Lyme disease 7 years out in orange county ca or los angeles area?

Specialist: A specialist in infectious diseases should be sought out. Lymes disease is sometimes very difficult to diagnose as it can mimic many other diseases. I would contact the ucla or usc schools of medicine. ...Read more

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Symptoms of long standing Lyme disease have been dealing with for years inflammed jointed skin problems etc etc live in P.A by woods been tested neg.

Symptoms of long standing Lyme disease have been dealing with for years inflammed jointed skin problems etc etc live in P.A by woods been tested neg.

What is the question: I don't see a question here. Also I don't see any information about treatment for Lyme, were you given antibiotics. Lyme disease can manifest with acute and chronic signs and symptoms, you should be treated either by an ID specialist or your primary doctor if its comfortable. Blood work testing for lyme can be confusing but sure helps for accurate diagnosis, make sure they test for others. ...Read more

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Doci had Lyme disease two years ago, about 4 months ago waking with severe burning sensation all over last for most of the morning, sleep disturbances feel like I've been run over by a truck?

CHECK IT OUT: Might be lyme, might be something else. I hope you had conclusive treatment 2 yrs ago. But check it out now. A recurrence is possible.
Still it may be something else. Time to inclued your dr in and see what's found. ...Read more

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How long should I be on antibiotics when I have had untreated Lyme disease for 1 1/2 years? Was untreated due to my pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Look at symptoms: Rather than a set time for taking antibiotics, many docs treat until the symptoms are gone. There are also a couple of blood tests that help determine if the infection is still active. ...Read more

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I had Lyme disease in 2011 and it was treated with antibiotics Could Lyme symptoms persist years later? I still feel fatigued with muscle aches.

I had Lyme disease in 2011 and it was treated with antibiotics Could Lyme symptoms persist years later? I still feel fatigued with muscle aches.

Yes it can: Because the organism causing Lyme is a spirochete, it does not really respond completely to antibiotics and some may have survived. Get several blood tests to, check, for, Luke titters. Make an appt with infectious disease doctor today to check this out and get your immune system checked as well. ...Read more

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How can I get my doctor to prescribe me opiate pain relievers for pain relief? I really need them for Lyme Disease joint pain. I'm only 17 years old.

How can I get my doctor to prescribe me opiate pain relievers for pain relief? I really need them for Lyme Disease joint pain. I'm only 17 years old.

Discuss with your: Doctor. Most people with Lyme disease do nor require narcotic pain medications and narcotics are addicting especially at your young age. Treating the Lyme disease itself is the answer. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago and took antibiotics. No problems since. My question is do the symptoms ever return? And if so what should be done?

Unlikely: If you were treated early in the course of the illness and the therapy was successful the chances of your having long-term problems is almost non-existent. ...Read more

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My husband has Lyme disease and and hasn't been treated. He's known it for a year. He probably has hep c too. What can this do to him?

Significant harm: These are 2 separate issues and are caused by 2 different infectious agents. Each should be evaluated. If lyme disease is not treated, there is an increased risk of cardiac, neurologic and arthritic complications that can occur months to even years after the infection. Severe hep c can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. ...Read more