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How do people treat advanced Lyme disease?

How do people treat advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consultation: Patients with advanced lyme's disease need to be evaluated by an infectious disease specialist. Their therapy may require intravenous medications but that requires further evaluations. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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


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I want to know my options for treating advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consult: How advanced and what's involved? Do you have cardiac involvement, cerebral involvement, etc. These factors determine the plan of care. You need to see an infectious disease specialist, and bring along copies of your studies if you have them. ...Read more

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My father has advanced Lyme disease. What should I tell him?

See your doctor: If the diagnosis is correct he must see an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Would it be ok to have foot surgery while i'm being treated for Lyme disease?

Would it be ok to have foot surgery while i'm being treated for Lyme disease?

Surgery : In general yes. However , some patients are treated with steroids also. This may cause a delay in your procedure - see your surgeon and be forthcoming with all the meds you are taking. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease can be detected by blood by testing the igm level. However lyme disease can turn into complicated chronic problem affecting many systems of the body. It can be treated with antibiotics. Treatments varies depend on when it was discovered and how it had spread. Consult your doctor if you have concern for contacting the disease. Early treatment and proper prevention is important. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease return after being treated?

Yes-if Rx incomplete: Lyme disease may return if the treatment was insufficient. In the early phase, within weeks to a few months of a first tick bite, then a course of oral antibiotics should cure the problem. If the lyme disease is first diagnosed with systemic problems such as arthritis or neuropathy, then treament takes much longer, and incomplete treatment can be followed by a recurrence of symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

Not hard to diagnose: Most patients with lyme disease display the characteristic rash and associated symptoms, which makes presumptive diagnosis easy. If one tries to diagnose it using antibody testing you might wait too long to treat effectively. If you are in an area where this is common, have symptoms compatible with lyme you should be treated presumptively. May cause your antibody reactions to remain negative. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat Lyme disease that has gone undiagnosed for several years?

Antibiotic: Treatment is based on the stage of disease and tve severity. If Lyme disease is confirmed ( do not rely on a blood test alone) the treatment is usually either doxycycline (oral antibiotic) or rocephin (ceftriaxone) ( given IM or IV). Even late Lyme disease is treatable. ...Read more

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What to do if i think I have Lyme disease what happens if you treat it immediately?

You are cured!: Lyme disease can be extremely serious but is readily curable provided it is treated within days of contracting it. The longer you wait the harder it is to eradicate. Lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day x 30 days, more than most docs prescribe. It's important to consider common co-infections like babesia & bartonella as well. See http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_disease/about_lyme.Html. ...Read more

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I previously had Lyme disease and I still have some symptoms after being treated. What can I do now?

Maybe continue treat: There is controversy on the issue of when to stop treatment. The international lyme and associated diseases society (ilads) has published treatment guidelines that recommend continued treatment until the patient is symptom free. This is something worth discussing with your doctor. Sometimes there is residual symptoms that are permanent, but usually all symptoms clear when infection is gone. ...Read more

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