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Diseases Caused By Spirochetes
Is the Lyme spirochete (borrelia) the only infectious cause of raynaud's? If not, what are some other infections that cause this?
Not likely: Raynaud's is either primary or secondary. Primary raynaud's means there is no known reason for it (idiopathic)and that it is not part of a more severe autoimmune disease such as lupus or scleroderma. Likely there's a genetic link since this can run in families. Secondary raynaud's is a more severe form that is part of an autoimmune disease. It's not well documented that any infections cause raynaud's. ...Read more
A spirochete is a family (phylum) of bacteria. There are many classes (genus) in this category, with several species in each class.
Many of them cause diseases in humans, inc. Lyme disease and syphilis. Please ask your question again, and specify which particular spirochete that is concerning you. ...Read more
Thru blood: Syphilis has one or more phases where it travels in the blood to get to any location that your blood goes, including your brain. It generally starts its journey by entering the skin of your genitals where it drills into your genital skin & may leave an initial painless dug out sore. As it reproduces & spreads locally it will eventually take that vast highway of your blood vessels to go anywhere. ...Read more
Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests? If not, why?
Here are...: Thus, far, what we've known is as follows: The "scar formation" — Peyronie's plaque — interferes the proper shut-off of venous flow to maintain and sustain the high blood pressure inside corpora cavernosa as penile arteries inflow for erection. Besides, at age goes, many affected men may have some dysfunction of local vessels and nerves for regulating erection so ED ensues. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more
Parvovirus B19: Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum, is a common infection caused by parvovirus b19. The virus causes fever, muscle aches and headache for about 7-10 days, then produces the characteristic "slapped cheek" appearing rash on the face. This rash can be itchy and spread to the trunk, arms and legs. ...Read more
More details: Could you explain more, the psychiatric diagnosis do not define a ' thinking disorder, however there are several disorders where there is a disturbance of thought process. More information is needed about symptoms. Also remember that it is important to understand the dysfunction in order to call it a disorder. ...Read more
Inherited: Gaucher's disease GD is an inherited / genetic metabolic disorder that causes an enzyme deficiency. This deficiency disables the process that allows for the breakdown of a class of compounds called glycolipids causing them to accumulate in abnormal concentration in various organs resulting in damage to these organs. ...Read more
Vaginal discharge: Leukorrhea is not a disease. It is excess vaginal discharge. Most often, it is a symptom of high estrogen (physiologic) such as pregnancy. It could also be from an inflammatory condition of vagina or cervix. In cases where it is yellow/green or malodorous, you would need to see a doctor since it could be a sign of several disease processes, such as a common bacterial infection or an STI. ...Read more
TRAUMA: There are all sorts of traumas that can be severe enough to make us depresonalize. Often military, but civilians too. The important thing is to get help with it, and many psychotherapists can help. Ask if they know depresonalization and if so, ask for help. This may have roots too tough to handle alone. ...Read more
Low oxygen, blood do:
Low oxygen levels sometimes can trick the body into making more blood, and can be seen in people with COPD / emphysema and even in smokers.
Blood disorders like polycythemia vera can do this as well.
Some medications can cause the HGB (hemoglobin) levels to rise (erythopoetin, testosterone, etc).
Some people just naturally have a slightly high hgb. ...Read more
Yes and no: We know what happens, but not why. Very briefly, ulcerative colitis (uc) and crohn's are distinct but similar, and involve dysregulation of the immune system in the gut. There are certain genetic risks, but we don't know for sure why the process happens in some people but not others, so in that sense we don't know what directly causes them. See http://tinyurl. Com/6u8bb for more info. ...Read more
Several things: Crohn's disease is an autoimmune-type disease with no cure. Management uses immune suppression, which places people at risk for infectious complications. There are also complications of the disease process that require surgery: perforation, obstruction, unresponsive to meds. Other complications include malnutrition and a higher risk of certain cancers. ...Read more
Aging: The main risk factor is associated with age, but there is a relationship to high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, and prior head trauma. There seems to be some genetic links is some cases, and these victims tend to be a bit younger. The evidence suggests that amyloid is processed improperly in the brain, and its deposition correlates with disability. ...Read more
Great start but...: If you have crohn's, you need a good gastroenterologist to reduce flares, avoid systemic consequences, survey for dysplasia, & maintain remission. In choosing a GI specialist, find one with whom you feel comfortable fielding any questions. Discuss frankly options (step-up versus top-down therapy). Avoid precipitants of flares (medical noncompliance, tobacco, nsaid's. Be proactive & self-advocate. ...Read more
Cause of Hodgkin's: Hodgkin's disease is of unclear etiology. A clone of B lymphocytes undergoes a genetic mutation(possibly caused by a virus) and begins to proliferate without control. The body's immune system reacts to these abnormal cells in the lymph nodes and causes the nodes to swell. The disease can also involve the spleen, liver, bone marrow, and other organs when advanced. The treatment is usually curative. ...Read more
Multiple stressors: Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also, medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders. ...Read more
In my practice, the majority of patients with eating disorders have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, so a similar anxiety disorder. The majority also have had some form of physical or sexual molestation or abuse.
In my opinion, the best treatments focus on the causes. Biologically based causes respond well to medications, and the psychological damage responds to psychotherapy. ...Read more