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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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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

infectious disease doctor
once
Treat symptoms
once
See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
once
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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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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Wear protective clothing when walking in woods
once
After walking in woods, have someone else check you all over for ticks
once
Remove ticks with tweezers, grab head of tick close to the skin
once
Observe tick bites, call doctor if redness or streaks develop
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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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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Get lots of rest.
at bedtime
void caffeine or other stimulants that may affect sleep quality.
daily
Avoid alcohol or use in moderation.
daily
Exercise to your ability when possible being careful not to overdo it.
every 4 hours
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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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