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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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Where is the best place to start a search for the top doctors in a specialty? Need to find a Lyme disease expert! thank you doctors!

Check their society: Most all diseases, pathology, etc, have a society/organization dedicated to that interest. They would be the best source for information. Games like healthtap are for fun (as stated on their website) and online rating sites are highly unreliable since anyone (including nonpatients, rival doctors, fired staff, etc) can post anonymous reviews. Good luck, i hope this helped! ...Read more

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I have chronic Lyme disease have been treated for 4 years finally starting to feel better and now only on abx every two weeks why are so many doctors ?

In California?: Where did you get lyme? Not much in the west. I am glad you are better but many id physicians do not believe that there is a chronic lyme borelliosis. ...Read more

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Need doctor advice. Where do you send a tick to see if it has Lyme disease?

You don't: If it is a wood tick, don't worry. If it is a deer tick, speak with your doc. ...Read more

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For physical exam blood tests, Do doctors usually check for Lyme disease or does it get noticed in the blood? Does that have to be requested?

For physical exam blood tests, Do doctors usually check for Lyme disease or does it get noticed in the blood? Does that have to be requested?

Blood tests: "Routine" blood tests do not check for Lyme disease. A blood test for Lyme disease would be done when a suspicion for the disease from the history and/or physical warrants it. ...Read more

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Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Yes: Yes. Lyme carditis effecting heart conduction system causing bradycardia to complete heart block and need permanent pace maker. Please see cardiologist in your area. Good luck. ...Read more

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I want to know why i can't find a doctor who will test for Lyme disease?

See details: That sounds absurd. Any doctor should be willing to test for lyme if your symptoms fit that diagnosis. If you are looking to continually have the test repeated when it is consistently negative, you are wasting time, energy and money. ...Read more

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My doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. Can it detect Lyme disease?

My doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. Can it detect Lyme disease?

No: Routine blood work should not include testing for Lyme disease. The test is only to be run if there is suspicion that the individual has been infected and has the disease. Cholesterol and blood sugar are good screening tests. Tests for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease are NOT screening tests as there are many false positives. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. will it detect Lyme disease?

No: We don't look for the routinely. Actually, there's some dispute as to just how sensitive the usual Lyme serologies are. If you're concerned that you may be a Lyme patient, talk about this with your physician. ...Read more

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