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How Can You Distinguish Between Meningitis And Lyme Disease
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
How is Meningitis from Lyme disease diagnosed? Already have the lyme diagnosis? Past ER note says "likely Lyme Meningitis" but no inflammation on MRI.
Lumbar puncture: Meningitis is diagnosed classically by sending off cerebrospinal fluid analysis from a lumber puncture when there is a clinical suspicion that a patient has this condition. Lyme meningitis can be diagnosed with specialized testing sent on cerebral spinal fluid often in conjunction with serum testing to confirm the presence of Lyme Disease. ...Read more
How can someone test positive for two Lyme-specific bands on western blot and NOT have been exposed to Lyme disease? What is magic about 5 bands?
Immune complexities: Lyme disease is caused by a certain type of bacteria called a 'spirochete'- they are a whole class actually of bacteria and believe it or not can be found commonly in the mouth or elsewhere in the environment. You have to reach a certain 'threshold' with Lyme testing because there could be some cross-reactivity coming from these other types of bacteria. The immune system is extraordinarily complex ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time since infection: Stage 1, early localized, occurs 1-4 weeks after infection with rash around bite, headache, fatigue, muscle/joint pains & fever. Then comes early disseminated for 1-4 months with similar symptoms but the heart & nervous system can be affected.Then late persistent which often has arthritis & more neurologic symptoms.The earlier treated the better.See http://arthritis.Webmd.Com/tc/lyme-disease-symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking enzymes and will start an abx protocol for Lyme disease.Will the enzymes affect the abx by reducing its effects?How many hours between them?
Caution re: abx !: Antibiotics work great for those recently infected with lyme but, based on extensive experience, often do more harm than good in chronic lyme. Even if you do use them this should only be done after extensive preparation of detoxifying, correcting nutrient deficiencies, balancing hormones, stress reduction, treating parasites/co-infections etc.See http://bit.Ly/1e7glux enzymes should not interfere. ...Read more
Partly geography,,,: Though one may be bitten by a tick, it may not transmit lyme, depending on where you are and how long the tick has been feeding(ie. Ticks that carry lyme aren't found in az; in ca, the tick ixodes pacifica does carry it). However, as dr. Baker describes, there are many more other infections one can get from ticks, with a single feeding resulting in the presence of more than 2 or 3 types of bugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much in common: Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia (a bacteria). West Nile Virus is caused by a virus. The former causes a targetoid rash and can infect just about any organ system including the eye, joints,heart, and brain if left untreated. It is transmitted to humans by a deer tick. West Nile virus is transmitted by a mosquito and in most cases is asymptomatic. 20% get rash / fever. Encephalitis is rare. ...Read more
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