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How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

See details: I assume you know what a bruise looks like. If it looks like a bruise, it is likely to be a bruise. The lyme rash often has a bulls-eye appearance. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I have a bullseye bruise on my arm. The center is not bruised, but is raised slightly. it does not look red like the lyme disease pics look.

I have a bullseye bruise on my arm. The center is not bruised, but is raised slightly. it does not look red like the lyme disease pics look.

Likely not Lyme but: The most likely explanation is that this is just a bruise, unless you've been hiking in deer tic infested forests recently. I would discuss with your primary doctor who can test you for Lyme if he/she thinks it is possible. ...Read more

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What does a tick bite look like and what does it look like if its Lyme disease and what are the symptoms got bit a month ago and spot still there?

What does a tick bite look like and what does it look like if its Lyme disease and what are the symptoms got bit a month ago and spot still there?

Appearance varies: A tick bite can be invisible after the tick detaches, or leave a red spot. When lyme is in the tick, often (but not always) a red rash spreads out in a circle (can be other shapes too) and is often clearing from the center outward. Called a "bull's eye" rash because of its appearance. ...Read more

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How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

Let me help: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. ...Read more

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I had a blood test (Western Blot), to check for Lyme Disease. The results look strange (0.45). This doesn't look like the result of any WB test I have?

I had a blood test (Western Blot), to check for Lyme Disease. The results look strange (0.45). This doesn't look like the result of any WB test I have?

Probably not Lyme: Your Western Blot would need to be above 5 for a conclusive confirmation of Lyme disease. Unless you also had known tick bite, low-grade fever, "erythema migrants", you probably had a viral illness that should resolve on its own. Do discuss this with your primary medical provider or specialist if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have been having twitching, like I can't sit still sometimes wondering if it's my nerves or could be related to Lyme disease ?

Depends: If the twitching is in your entire body, it could be a tic disorder, which can actually happen any time in your time irregardless of age, or less likely seizure activity. If in your limbs, it may be due neuropathy, or a degeneration of the nerves in hands and feet. If it is a tic, i would see a neurologist. These are treatable, rarely a sign of something aggressive. ...Read more

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Can you describe what lyme disease looks like?

Can you describe what lyme disease looks like?

Different types of: Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, is a multisystem illness caused by infection with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. There are different types of Lyme disease. Early it can be the rash in some people - called erythema chronicum migrans - which is circular. There are many clincial manifestations. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary by disease stage. Physical findings in patients with early disease are as follows: Erythema migrans (EM) - Rash Fever Myalgias Malaise Arthralgia Headache Tender local adenopathy (local, not diffuse) Physical findings in patients with early disseminated disease are as follows: EM (single or multiple lesions) Headache Fever Tender adenopathy (regional or generalized) Conjunctivitis (uncommon, never prominent) Carditis (usually manifests as heart block) Meningismus as a sign of aseptic meningitis Cranioneuropathy, especially cranial nerve VII and Bell palsy (peripheral seventh nerve palsy with decreased unilateral function, including the forehead) ...Read more

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more

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I like to hike, does this make me more susceptible to Lyme disease?

Exposure: While hiking you are more lilely to get exposed to ticks that may give you lyme disease. So always check your clothes and skin, including your feet and back for ticks and tick bites. ...Read more

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What does a Lyme disease headache feel like compared to a regular headache?

What does a Lyme disease headache feel like compared to a regular headache?

Lyme disease: Headache from lyme disease is not necessarily different from common heacaches. It is often associated with fatigue. ...Read more

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I'm aware things like Lyme disease can cause tmj. What other conditions can cause it?

I'm aware things like Lyme disease can cause tmj. What other conditions can cause it?

List: Causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood.. Causes may include, misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding (bruxism),, poor posture, stress or anxiety, arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders, excessive gum chewing. Treatment can be complex and beyond the scope of this answer. See a TMJ expert for guidance. ...Read more

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How accurate are Lyme disease tests? I find varying opinions online, but it sounds like it can be easily missed in tests?

Accurate but: the test result must be interpreted along with clinical findings. Thus one cannot be considered as having Lyme Disease simply because of a positive test. I do know that some practitioners are over-diagnosing Lyme disease as the cause for many ailments including Parkinson's disease etc without any proven scientific evidence. ...Read more

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I would like to know the length or time frames for the various stages of Lyme disease, from one's "innoculation", to late stage. Thankyou.?

I would like to know the length or time frames for the various stages of Lyme disease, from  one's "innoculation", to late stage. Thankyou.?

Highly variable: Acute lyme symptoms can occur 3-30 days after innoculation and are generally non-specific flu-like symptoms, with a rash 70% of the time. This lasts a few days to a few weeks. "late stage" symptoms can appear within weeks of infection but in some cases don't appear for years. A healthy immune system may keep lyme at bay until another stressor occurs. See my comment for more info & links. ...Read more

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If you contracted Lyme disease, after 6 months would the symptoms be constant and debilitating? Or would they come and go like anxiety and panic?

If you contracted Lyme disease, after 6 months would the symptoms be constant and debilitating? Or would they come and go like anxiety and panic?

Both constant: And intermittant symptoms are possible w/lyme.If this is your case please see a doc who specializes in lyme. The lab results can be inconclusive and confusing also. Pharmasan lab (part of neuroscience lab) has specialized lyme tests. Pease and good health. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

How does Lyme disease cause gastrointestinal issues like nausea?

Toxins: Bacteria that causes disease carries toxins or alternatively, body may react with inflammation that in-turn would cause nausea through brain centers ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition 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 diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more