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Gastrointestinal Lyme Disease Symptoms
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
Many possibilities: Lyme is a complex illness. Many with lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella, as well as chronic sinusitis, intestinal parasites & candidiasis. Antibiotic treatment can increase symptoms by creating die-off (toxicity from killed bacteria) and imbalances of gastrointestinal flora, leading to food allergies. Like all illness, stress can also aggravate symptoms and having lyme is stressful! ...Read more
All of them can last: Lyme disease is a chronic infection. It can affect any organ system in the body.It does not go away on its own, so symptoms will last your entire life, often progressively spreading and worsening, unless it is effectively treated.The longer it is present before starting treatment the longer it can take to treat effectively & some authorities feel it may be impossible to fully eradicate in some cases. ...Read more
Please see below.: Early symptoms of lyme disease can include rash, flulike illness characterized by fever, chills, achy muscles or joints, headache, and malaise. In the area of the tick bite, lymph nodes can be enlarged and tender. Later, facial paralysis, meningitis, arthritis, and/or arrhythmias may develop. ...Read more
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Many symptoms...: If bitten by a deer tick one should watch carefully for symptoms. Look for a bulls-eye rash- if you have this you have lyme, but it only happens half the time. Other early symptoms are mild flu-like symptoms (headache. Aches, mild fever), then joint pains, fatigue, problems with memory & concentration and virtually any symptom in the world. Deer ticks may spread ehrlichia, babesia, bartonella etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling , joint pain, and cardiac ( heart) symptoms. ...Read more
Yes, many good ones: Lyme has many symptoms & many supps can help. For pain/inflammation i advise curcumin & boswellia. Ashwagandha, rhodiola, eleutherococcus, reishi & cordyceps help fatigue, support adrenals & improve cognitive function.A good multivitamin and extra magnesium are generally helpful. Chlorella helps clear toxins.Besides treating symptoms, supps can improve immune function & kill lyme bacteria. See comment. ...Read more
Lyme disease: Lyme disease affects different areas of the body in varying degrees as it progresses. The site where the tick bites the body is where the bacteria enter through the skin. As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1-2 weeks: If the tick was carrying the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and the bacteria was transmitted via the bite then most individuals will develop a flu like illness with fevers and muscle pains within a week or two. About half will also develop a bullseye rash at the site of the bite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes there are: I can't possibly cover all the alterativs that help. I'll assume you mean in addition to antibiotics which you are taking. Support adrenal system with adaptogens like eleuthero senticosis, panax ginseng, rhodiols rosea, holy basil. These help rebalance andrenals, support immune system and restore energy. Drink lots of water w/lemon juice, eat organic fruits & veggies. Check out your thyroid too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it standard practice to continue antibiotics for Lyme disease until all symptoms are gone? So this could be weeks..Months..?
No: Studies have shown that long term use of antibiotics produces no benefit and can cause significant problems. ...Read more
If one has a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder for 4 yrs & symptoms worsen during a Lyme disease herx, what should one conclude?
DID + Stress = worse: It is highly likely that the state you live in with did is rather stable and you do your best to keep things known, quiet, and "comfortable." illness/trauma or other unpredictable intrusions into this will tend to worsen your symptoms as it unbalances your world. Will likely stay that way unless you get professional psychological help during the crisis while you address the 'new' issue. Good luck! ...Read more
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
What does one do if they got treatment for Lyme disease, but still getting same sympthoms and test now coming up negative? Test was wrong 2x last time
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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