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Can You Tell By The Symptoms How Far Lyme Disease May Have Progressed
Lyme is 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 diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
What can you tell me about Lyme disease testing? What are symptoms that would warrant getting tested?
Varied features: Lysis testing involves blood tests. There is a screening Lyme test and a Western Blot that is more specific. Symptoms vary and are often missed. Typical rash( bulls eye lesion ) may be seen fatigue, joint pain, neurological changes like facial numbness or Bell's palsy and many others ...Read more
Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?
I pulled a tick from behind my knee 3 days ago. So far I have not experienced any symptoms. Should I still be concerned about Lyme disease?
Ixodes scapularis: You do need to make sure it wasn't a deer tick. They are very small..compared to dog ticks for example. Do you still have the tick or did you discard it? If you have it, bring it to your PCP. f there's any question that it could be a deer tick, I would treat with doxycycline just to make sure. ...Read more
Many factors : Depends on a lot of things. Untreated, lyme disease can spread to many organs over weeks & months, yet still not show symptoms. Or, a person could get very ill within days of the tick bite. Untreated, lyme disease does not go away by itself, even if the symptoms get better. Complete treatment is necessary, for weeks if just after tick bite, and months if treatment delayed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Lyme-literate MD: Lyme disease is surprisingly common but can be hard to diagnose. Most md's aren't too knowledgeable about it & may do a screening test that misses over half the cases & say you don't have it.No test is definitive- it's ultimately a clinical diagnosis. It's best to see a "lyme-literate" doc-see www.Chroniclymedisease.Com/llmd-referrals for an overview: www.Lymediseaseresource.Com/burrguide2008.Pdf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I previously had Lyme disease and I still have some symptoms after being treated. What can I do now?
Maybe continue treat: There is controversy on the issue of when to stop treatment. The international lyme and associated diseases society (ilads) has published treatment guidelines that recommend continued treatment until the patient is symptom free. This is something worth discussing with your doctor. Sometimes there is residual symptoms that are permanent, but usually all symptoms clear when infection is gone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more
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