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Low cd57 and Lyme disease related?

Low cd57 and Lyme disease related?

In some cases but...: Noted lyme specialist raphael stricker discovered that many lyme patients have a low cd57 count (this is a subset of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells) and that the level often increases as patents improve. However, not all lyme patients have low cd57 counts. A low cd57 may be supportive of a lyme diagnosis but a high level in no way rules it out. See my comment for more info:. ...Read more

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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more


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Very high B12 blood level, low iron, rt side ab pain despite very strict gfdiet for celiac disease, not on vitamins.What could cause high B12 levels?

Very high B12 blood level, low iron, rt side ab pain despite very strict gfdiet for celiac disease, not on vitamins.What could cause high B12 levels?

High B12 and folate (folic acid): Levels are caused by their accumulation and non use in the body. I have seen it related to vitramin b1 deficiency. Worth trying. ...Read more

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What is hashimoto's disease? I'm on 50mcg of thyroxine daily. Anyway to combat this disease directly instead of treating symptoms i.E. Low t4

What is hashimoto's disease? I'm on 50mcg of thyroxine daily. Anyway to combat this disease directly instead of treating symptoms i.E. Low t4

Autoimmune disease: Hashimoto's is a condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. It is important to take thyroid hormone but ideally best to also address the cause of autoimmune issues, but this is not easy. It can be related to mercury toxicity etc. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/thyroiditis-000164.Htm & http://www.Stopthethyroidmadness.Com/2013/01/09/anatabine-hashimotos-inflammation/. ...Read more

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I've lupus (sle), r.A., raynaud's syndrome, anemia, &hypertension. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Neurontin & lisinopril/hctz. I'm told i've decreased kidney function.Is that because of the medication?

I've lupus (sle), r.A., raynaud's syndrome, anemia, &hypertension. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Neurontin & lisinopril/hctz. I'm told i've decreased kidney function.Is that because of the medication?

Probably not: Lupus usually damages the kidneys and hypertension always does to some extent. Not all "decreased kidney function" picked up by today's lab screenings is real kidney damage -- any guy who lifts weights will get a warning from the creatinine from his muscles -- but i'd keep with your rx. Good luck -- this is a challenging disease. ...Read more

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Carry +ana 160 homo new low c3/4 comp & both lymphocyte test w/ other symptoms. Given meds to treat malaria and lupus. Does this mean I have lupus?

Carry +ana 160 homo new low c3/4 comp &  both lymphocyte test w/ other symptoms. Given meds to treat malaria and lupus. Does this mean I have lupus?

Very possible: With the limited information given the diagnosis of lupus is strongly suggested .This is base on a positive ANA low complement levels and low white blood cell count there are many other features to lupus it sounds like your were goven Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which is very commonly used to treat mild lupus. Make sure to follow through with your rheumatologist and make sure you have a baseline eye exam. ...Read more

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Probability for lupus w/ seizures, peeling rash on hands, arthritis, low WBC and rbc, kidney/liver symt, and anticardiolipin antibodies and fam. Hist?

Probability for lupus w/ seizures, peeling rash on hands, arthritis, low WBC and rbc, kidney/liver symt, and anticardiolipin antibodies and fam. Hist?

High: The answer lies with the results of the blood tests. If the ANA is positive you have lupus. If the ANA and other autoantibodies are negative then you can still have lupus. Trust your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Hepatocellular disease, seizures, low blood count, anticardiolipin antibodies, arthritis, rash on hands and numbness in legs. What does this all mean?

Hepatocellular disease, seizures, low blood count, anticardiolipin antibodies, arthritis, rash on hands and numbness in legs. What does this all mean?

Auto-immune disorder: You have described features of auto-immune disorder. For example, a person with lupus could have all these features. You need evaluation and treatment by a physician in consultation with specialists in more than one field. ...Read more

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Does mainly meat depending diet cause hyperthermia? Wts the effect on kidney & joints? As patient is suffering from prediabetic syndrome

Does mainly meat depending diet cause hyperthermia? Wts the effect on kidney & joints? As patient is suffering from prediabetic syndrome

No: Anti-meat eating activism goes beyond what's established scientifically. The results of big studies on meat-eaters are as confusing as all retrospective studies; a little "faulty memory" by burger-eaters about other unhealthy habits is sufficient to explain most of the supposed extra dangers. Eating burgers won't ruin your metabolism, kidneys, or joints, but you want to watch those lipids. ...Read more

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Could high altitudes effect your period?

Could high altitudes effect your period?

Yes: A woman's monthly hormone cycle and periods can be different at high altitude. ...Read more

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I have mild SLE (no organ involvement), only on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). No antiphospholipid antibodies, high BP or f. history of blood clots. Is birth control safe?

I have mild SLE (no organ involvement), only on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). No antiphospholipid antibodies, high BP or f. history of blood clots. Is birth control safe?

Probably safe: Per Uptodate Oral contraceptives containing low levels of estrogen are probably safe in patients with mild well-controlled SLE. Avoid use in pts with with increased risks of clotting. Patients with anti phospholipid antibodies, nephrotic syndrome, hx of thrombophlebitis, CAD, migraines, smokers. uncontrolled HTN. Of course weigh the risks and benefits with your personal Doctor. ...Read more

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What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

See details: There are several and they basically involved 3 issues: neurologic (meningitis, brachial plexus and other neuropathies, muscle inflammation), cardiac (arrhythmias, pericarditis, myocarditis) and arthritis. ...Read more

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Ana positive low c3c and 4 no symptoms of auto immune could my fatry liver ve auto immune hepatitis?

Need more info: Your history, symptoms, physical exam and laboratory data are all essential in arriving at a diagnosis, which cannot be done on the internet. Hepatitis is usually manifested in the laboratory by the presence of elevated enzymes which are released from liver tissue. It is possible this represents autoimmune hepatopathy, but need far more data. ...Read more

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37 yr male; Lyme dis, cp, untreated hbp (165/110); very elevated liver enzymes. Lipid panel ++.'trii 850, low t. ;tests ordered. What could cause?

37 yr male; Lyme dis, cp, untreated hbp (165/110); very elevated liver enzymes. Lipid panel ++.'trii 850, low t.  ;tests ordered. What could cause?

Multiple causes: I'm not sure what you are asking. Cause what? Lyme is caused by a bacterial infection, hbp is often genetic but has many other possible causes, there are many possible causes of elevated liver enzymes (infections, alcohol, reactions to meds, toxins), high lipids usually genetic, low t also has many causes; you need a thorough evaluation and careful treatment, as this mix of problems is serious. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more