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Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?

Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?

Reappear many years : Early symptoms of lyme may be a rash followed by arthralgias then joint problems and eventually CNS symptoms of headaches and cardiac involvement. ...Read more

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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How long does it take for Lyme disease fever to go down with oral antibiotic therapy?

How long does it take for Lyme disease fever to go down with oral antibiotic therapy?

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

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How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

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 more

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I was diagosed with lyme disease 9 years ago How can I live with long term lyme disease?

I was diagosed  with lyme disease 9 years ago  How can I live with long term lyme disease?

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 more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

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

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Can you tell me how long can you live with Lyme disease with medication?

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

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How long can you have dormant Lyme disease for?

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 more

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What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

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