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Doctor insights on: Flashing Lights Eyes Lyme Over A Year

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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


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I had a perfect bulls eye rash on my upper arm 7 years ago, can a doctor treat you for Lyme without the testing ? I had an ELISA test 4yrs ago. Neg.

I had a perfect bulls eye rash on my upper arm   7 years ago, can a doctor treat you for Lyme without the testing ? I had an ELISA test 4yrs ago. Neg.

Other possible cause: A "perfect bullseye rash" is highly likely to be lyme's. But bullseye rashes can be a symptom of another condition, like erythema multiforme. Check it out: <a href="http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/erythema_multiforme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/erythema_multiforme</a>. Good luck. ...Read more

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Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Further evaluation: I would suggest a work up to include further evaluation of your asthma which is being treated with Advair. The evaluation will include a pulse oximetry test with and without exercise. These symptoms may be related to uncontrolled asthma. In addition, a TB test and CF screening test can be performed. A complete physical exam and history will determine other causes. ...Read more

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Complications- Lyme disease, bipolar disorder, and dental abscess that has spread to heart/brain/ears/eyes?

Seek skilled doctor: This is an incredibly complex situation that requires the care of an experienced ; skilled holistic doc. Treat your dental abscess first. Anyone with lyme ; bipolar disorder probably has pyrroluria- see http://betterhealthguy.Com/kpu
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Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have a bulls-eye rash and no Lyme exposure?

Can you have a bulls-eye rash and no Lyme exposure?

Sure.: Lots of stuff other than lyme disease can cause annular rashes, including fungus infections, something called erythema multiforme, and a group of conditions called the figurate erythemas, among other things. A dermatologist can sort out the problem for you. ...Read more

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Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Anything is possible: But if the child has been in any area where there may be deer ticks they should be treated for lyme disease without waiting for serologic confirmation. ...Read more

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How long willit take for the "bulls eye" to come up to show you have Lyme disease from a deer tick?

How long willit take for the "bulls eye" to come up to show you have Lyme disease from a deer tick?

3-30 days or never: A bulls-eye rash (erythema migrans) after a tick bite is considered a sure sign that one has been infected with lyme & appears 3-30 days after the bite (usually 3-7 days). However, half or more of those proven to have lyme do not recall this rash. One should therefore not wait to see if they develop this rash to seek preventive treatment. The sooner treatment is started after exposure the better! ...Read more

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How long does the red bulls-eye symptom of lyme's disease rash last?

How long does the red bulls-eye symptom of lyme's disease rash last?

Days to months: Erythema migrans, the bulls-eye rash unique to lyme, appears within 3-30 days after a bite & lasts several days to several months. However, no more than 1/2 and probably less than 1/3 of those with lyme report a bulls-eye rash. If you have it you have lyme, but not having it does not rule out lyme in any way. See http://www.Lyme-disease-research-database.Com/lyme-disease-rash.Html. ...Read more

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Could the red and white circles (bulls eye) around a tick bite mean anything other than Lyme disease?

Could the red and white circles (bulls eye) around a tick bite mean anything other than Lyme disease?

Depends on location : In the southeastern usa, a similar rash can occur following the bite of the lone star tick called southern tick associated tick illness or stari. Progression to arthritis or neurological disease appears not to occur. ...Read more

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Can blood test be false negative for Lyme disease? Bulls eye bite on 8/16/13 but symptoms much worse since anesthesia from g.B. Removal on 10/11/13

YES!!!: A bulls-eye rash is pathognomonic of lyme, meaning it alone generally proves you got it. Blood tests are notoriously unreliable for lyme-only half with lyme have a positive eia & the confirmatory western blot has many false negatives, esp. If not done by igenex, the only lab with a reliable test!ultimately lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis.Treatment requires a comprehensive approach.See comment. ...Read more

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Could a rash but not a bulls-eye mark be a sign of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick?

Could a rash but not a bulls-eye mark be a sign of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick?

Depends on location : In the southeastern usa, a similar rash can occur following the bite of the lone star tick called southern tick associated tick illness or stari. Progression to arthritis or neurological disease appears not to occur. ...Read more

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One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye.  Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may possibly be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...Read more

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Had bulls-eye rash post-tickbite sevral yrs ago.Now told Lyme shows up on MRI&EEG&mine were norm so I cant have lyme.Is this true?So many weird probs!

Had bulls-eye rash post-tickbite sevral yrs ago.Now told Lyme shows up on MRI&EEG&mine were norm so I cant have lyme.Is this true?So many weird probs!

Not true at all!: If you had a bullseye rash after a tick bite you have been infected with B. burgdorferi, the microbe that causes Lyme. Lyme is highly variable in how it manifests. It often infects the brain & can cause abnormal MRI's but certainly not always. It is important to find a "Lyme-literate"doctor. See http://tinyurl.com/nh8vukp for an overview &
& http://tinyurl.com/pkjj54u for my talk on Lyme. ...Read more

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I was bit by a tick pulled all out and has left a mark for a month? My back and arm muscles are aching but I do not have a bull's eye. Lyme disease ?

I was bit by a tick pulled all out and has left a mark for a month? My back and arm muscles are aching but I do not have a bull's eye. Lyme disease ?

Tick bite and aches: You should definitely see your physician as you may have lymes or other disease without a rash. You still can be treated. See your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Hello, if you spot a tick and you develop a bulls eye rash but no other symptoms of lyme, how long is the initial treatment period of antibitics?

Hello, if you spot a tick and you develop a bulls eye rash but no other symptoms of lyme, how long is the initial treatment period of antibitics?

14to21 days: With history of tick bite and bulls eye rash called erythema migrance, treatment with antibiotics like doxycycline, or amoxicillin, or cedtrixone is for 14to21 days according to cdc guidelines. ...Read more

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My husband has Lyme disease and and hasn't been treated. He's known it for a year. He probably has hep c too.What can this do to him?

Significant harm: These are 2 separate issues and are caused by 2 different infectious agents. Each should be evaluated. If lyme disease is not treated, there is an increased risk of cardiac, neurologic and arthritic complications that can occur months to even years after the infection. Severe hep c can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. ...Read more

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Dx w/Chronic Lyme, Bart, Babesia. Had CD57 rerun & fell from 29 to 11 despite year of Tx. Physical & Psych Sx bad too. Causes? Should I be concerned?

Chronic Lyme: Be careful with this diagnosis. CD57 is a subset of lymphocytes called killer cells and is not specific for Borellia. Sometimes it correlates with disease activity with this disorder and sometimes it does not. It is not specific. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago and took antibiotics. No problems since. My question is do the symptoms ever return? And if so what should be done?

Unlikely: If you were treated early in the course of the illness and the therapy was successful the chances of your having long-term problems is almost non-existent. ...Read more

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Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?

Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?

Yes, it could: Lyme disease effects human body with prominent neurological involvement. The patient may manifest the following flu-like symptoms with joints pain, muscles pain, fatigue, headache, stiff neck, sore throat, fever, chills and enlarged lymph nodes. Headache is the most common symptom (in 50%) and can transform in chronic daily headache. See orofacial pain specialist near you for headache management. ...Read more