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How does Lyme disease attack?

How does Lyme disease attack?

See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...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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What does Lyme disease attack?

What does Lyme disease attack?

Many areas: If left untreated it can effect several areas including the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, skin, muscles and joints. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease spread?

Tick borne: It is transmitted during prolonged blood feeding of the ixodes tick. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

YES: About half of those with lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. There is strong evidence that borrelia burgdorferi, the lyme bacteria, can be spread by biting flies- see http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199006143222415 many believe it can also be spread by mosquitoes, fleas & spiders, though this is unproven. Many feel it can be sexually transmitted & spread by moms to babies in utero. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause anxiety attacks and nervousness. A feeling that your not yourself. Maybe like a panic attack. Can antibotic help?

Can Lyme disease cause anxiety attacks and nervousness.  A feeling that your not yourself.  Maybe like a panic attack. Can antibotic help?

Indeed it can: There are a few ways that psychological symptoms can arise in lyme disease - the disease causes increased pressure in the head which affects blood flow and oxygen and causes all sorts of cognitive/emotional disturbances. The might only last awhile, but they may recur. Antibiotics may or may not help - that's lyme, right? A link: http://www.Newyorker.Com/reporting/2013/07/01/130701fa_fact_specter. ...Read more

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more

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What causes Lyme disease?

What causes Lyme disease?

Borrelia burgdorferi: This spirochete bacterium is transmitted by the bite of an ixodes tick. ...Read more