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Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease: 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, and nervous system. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more


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Can you have an auto immune disease with no symptoms?

Can you have an auto immune
 disease with no symptoms?

Yes: Many diseases do not show any symptoms until the very late stage. For example, one does not have a heart attack because the coronary artery suddenly jam up one day. The same is true with chronic smoking, the lung is being damaged but symptoms may not show some years later. This is the same with autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Can a person in remission with MS still continue to have some symptoms due to scarring?

Can a person in remission with MS still continue to have some symptoms due to scarring?

Yes: Glad you are in remission, but the disease is likely still active, and an updated MRI might show new lesions. Hopefully, you are taking a potent disease modifying agent, as the inflammatory component needs in full control as possible. If you have symptoms, that suggests need for investigation as to why. Discuss in detail with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Can you have Lyme disease without elevated wbc?

Can you have Lyme disease without elevated wbc?

Yes: Yme disease is not a typical infection. So you can have it without fevers, without elevated wbcs; without the usual signs of infection. ...Read more

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If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Yes: Both syphilis and lyme disease are treatable and curable with antibiotics. In the case of syphilis, intravenous or intramuscular penicillin is used. For lyme disease, oral Doxycycline or intravenous Ceftriaxone are used. ...Read more

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Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & possibly sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more

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Could Lyme disease medication cause someone to have seizures?

Could Lyme disease medication cause someone to have seizures?

Rarely: Seizures are a rare complication of Lyme disease involving the central nervous symptom. ...Read more

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Do people with celiac disease always have the symptoms? Can you have the disease and not show any symptoms?

Do people with celiac disease always have the symptoms? Can you have the disease and not show any symptoms?

Varies a lot: True CD will eventually show some symptoms if the person is not gluten free.These can vary from mild cramping & diarrhea to chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea & catastrophic weight loss. Some may inadvertently be living gluten free based on prior food reactions, but the difficulty in avoiding gluten leads to symptoms & diagnosis.I probably had it a decade before I figured it out. ...Read more

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Can amyloidosis also present if I have systemic lupus?

Infrequently: Amyloidosis is an infrequent finding in sle and is seen more frequently in ra, which is the most common autoimmune disease association. ...Read more

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How might you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

How might you include children with Lyme disease in everyday activities?

May need help: The extent of how much a child with lyme disease can be included in daily activities will depend on the extent of his disease consequences. Children with only minimal symptoms, can probably be back to pre-disease activity states. Those with more severe impairment may need help from physical and occupational therapists. A lot of resources may be found from online support groups as well. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease be a trigger for MS and AS?

Can Crohn's disease be a trigger for MS and AS?

Links do exist: The link between Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has long been recognized, but only recently has the link between IBD and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) been appreciated. Ref. http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/2014/10/06/researchers-find-link-between-multiple-sclerosis-ibd/ ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Maybe: It's not cleare what "regular antibiotic treatment" means. Both diseases are infectious in nature and will each respond to antibiuotic therapy. The medicvations used are commonplace antibiotics but the proper ones need to be selected based on the disease. ...Read more

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I was looking for comorbidity associated with Crohn's disease in pregnancy. Can you help me?

I was looking for comorbidity associated with Crohn's disease in pregnancy. Can you help me?

Several.: The most important that should be excluded are the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. Arthritis is the most common co-morbid problem, as is mild hepatitis. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell disease. If I contract fifth disease can there be complications?

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I have sickle cell disease.  If I contract fifth disease can there be complications?

Yes: Aplastic crisis, profound dropping of hemoglobin (so called iron count) due to suppressed red cell production from bone marrow is a well known complication. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis . I want to avoid a life of prescription drugs. Can the disease progression be managed with exercise?

I have symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis . I want to avoid a life of prescription drugs. Can the disease progression be managed with exercise?

Possibly: I can't promise but practicing Yoga has been shown to help with arthritis and other debilitating progressive degeneration of the spine. Best to consult with a physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in sphysical medicine and rehabiltaion. I would stay away from any high impact exercise to be on the safe side, avoid jogging, or mix martial arts and such. ...Read more

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What diseases could cause a young woman with Hashimotos to have gastroparesis and POTS and POTS symptoms worsen with Synthroid.

What diseases could cause a young woman with Hashimotos to have gastroparesis and POTS and POTS symptoms worsen with Synthroid.

No relationship : There's no direct relationship between gastroparesis and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Some patients with autoimmune thyroid disease have diabetes mellitus which can be a cause of gastroparesis. Synthroid should have no direct effect on causing symptoms of gastroparesis. ...Read more

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Can I have multiple sclerosis and not know it? Also, can MS cause ANA titers to be positive?

Can I have multiple sclerosis and not know it?  Also, can MS cause ANA titers to be positive?

No: Ms is a diagnosis based on clinical findings and certain tests, especially an MRI and spinal fluid. If you have no symptoms, you do not have ms. A positive ANA is possible but unusual. ...Read more

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