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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?
If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?
Not a clue: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.You provide no info beyond a negative test result.No history, no exam findings,no initial problem. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete,We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read more
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
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
Pain, fatigue and...: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom, but classically starts with rash & mild flu-like symptoms, then joint pains (often 1st in knees) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory/concentration/word finding & blurred vision. Neurological sxs can mimic MS & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Lyme is a complex illness. Many with lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella, as well as chronic sinusitis, intestinal parasites & candidiasis. Antibiotic treatment can increase symptoms by creating die-off (toxicity from killed bacteria) and imbalances of gastrointestinal flora, leading to food allergies. Like all illness, stress can also aggravate symptoms and having lyme is stressful! ...Read more
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