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Chronic fatigue syndrome? Or Lyme disease? How to figure it out?

Chronic fatigue syndrome?  Or Lyme disease?  How to figure it out?

Get tested: Set up an appointment with your doctor, to review your travel and exposure risks, and to get tested for lyme if need be (using an approved method). Other tests will need to be done, to rule out other causes of profound fatigue such as hypothyroidism, ebv/cmv/tb infection, autoimmune disorder. Hhv-6 infection, vitamin d deficiency, and psychiatric disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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


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Are Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome related?

Are Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome related?

Similar symptoms: Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome can have very similar symptoms. By definition, if one has chronic fatigue syndrome other causes of fatigue like lyme disease have been ruled out, so if one has lyme disease, by definition they do no have cfs. However, it is likely that many people who have been diagnosed with cfs actually have undiagnosed lyme disease. See comment for more:. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has chronic fatigue syndrome. But what if it's really Lyme disease?

Get tested: Depending on epidemiological factors (geography, time of year, activities), a physician knowledgeable in lyme disease (i.e. An infectious diseases specialist) can order an fda approved two-stage test to assess lyme disease, and to interpret the test results based on sound science. Keep in mind that chronic fatigue syndrome also encompasses several aspects of a post-lyme syndrome. ...Read more

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What lab work should be done before a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome is given? Lupus, Lyme disease, heptatitis, anything else?

What lab work should be done before a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome is given? Lupus, Lyme disease, heptatitis, anything else?

Varied: There are many different reasons for a person to suffer from fatigue: anemia, hypothyroidism, and many of the autoimmubne diseases. It is generally a diagnosis of exclusion. So lab work should include routine studies such as blood counts, liver and renal function and thyroid function studies. Only if all of these are normal would i pursue further studies. ...Read more

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What herxheimer reactions can occur when treating chronic Lyme disease? My blood feels poisoned...Rage, dysesthesias, and fatigue are way worse...

When spirochetes: Killed , they release what is called exotoxins. Those toxins are extremely powerful vasodilators as result people develop low blood pressure , high heart rate and other symptoms systemic manifestations . I have seen the worst jerish hexhimers's reaction with louse born relapsing fever treated with penicillin. People die from such reaction than the disease itself ( i mean relapsing fever ). ...Read more

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I got a tick and my symptoms are headache fever nausea and fatigue I was wondering if it is Lyme disease or just the flu and should I go to the doctor?

I got a tick and my symptoms are headache fever nausea and fatigue I was wondering if it is Lyme disease or just the flu and should I go to the doctor?

See you physician: I woudl see your doctor now and get treated early. If it is tick related the proper antibiotics can stop it. There are other diseases that ticks can cause besides Lyme disease. See your physician ...Read more

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42 female, acute onset swelling/pain leg,knee, ankle,feet, wrist. fatigue. eosinophil level 760. bit by tick 8 weeks ago. ELISA neg. for Lyme disease.

Must treat: This is very suspicious for Lyme. About 30% will never test positive for Lyme. You need a course of antibiotics ASAP. Lyme must be treated quickly, or else it becomes chronic and is much harder to treat. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by severe fatigue lasting longer than six months for which no underlying cause has been found. Chronic fatigue gets worse with strenuous physical or mental activity. Rest does not seem to ...Read more


Dr. Betty Keller
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Chronic Fatigue (Definition)

Chronic fatigue is a persistent feeling of tiredness and being "worn down" over ...Read more