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How Long Can Lyme Disease Go Undetected
Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?
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
Depends: If you caught the disease early, in stage 1 with the initial fever and rash, fever should resolve within a couple of days of starting the antibiotic. If the disease had progressed further before treatment was initiated, it may take a lot longer to become fever free - even 10-14 days. Make sure you don't skip doses and let your doc know if any new symptoms or you're not feeling better. ...Read more
Many factors : Depends on a lot of things. Untreated, lyme disease can spread to many organs over weeks & months, yet still not show symptoms. Or, a person could get very ill within days of the tick bite. Untreated, lyme disease does not go away by itself, even if the symptoms get better. Complete treatment is necessary, for weeks if just after tick bite, and months if treatment delayed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment?: If you were treated 9 years ago, then you likely killed off most if not all of the bacteria and this will not affect you long term much at all. However, there are a small number of people who deal with long term after effects of the infection that can be difficult to treat. But I am not finding any studies that say this effects the length of your life. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends of the stage of the disease and the specific area of the body affected. Primary disease will usually resolve in about 2 weeks. ...Read more
About 2 weeks: Symptoms will generally start about 2 weeks after the bite. ...Read more
Depends if you mean: Acute lyme, progressive lyme that has reached the central nervous system, or the oft talked about "chronic lyme". Acute lyme, it is recommended to get on antibiotics to prevent central lyme/encephalitis, where meds are necessary. You can live with chronic lyme without medication. ...Read more
Not really "dormant: Dormancy implies "doing nothing"- it doesn't reflect what is actually going on. The term "subclinical" or "undiagnosed" better describes its presence as it does damage to the body, without people realizing its presence in an infected individual. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Highly variable: Some with untreated lyme disease have minimal or no symptoms- a healthy person with a strong immune system can co-exist with it. Others can have devastating symptoms: fatigue, muscle/joint pains ; neurological symptoms ranging from poor memory/concentration to symptoms that mimic ms or als. Those with genetic susceptibilities, co-infections, toxic exposures, stress etc. Will have worse symptoms. ...Read more
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