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How Long Can Lyme Disease Go Undetected
How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?
Usually within weeks:
Usually weeks, months and years. A good website to review is:
The timing will depend on which body systems are invovled ...Read more
A condition 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 diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
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
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
It depends: It depends on 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
Treatment?: If you were treated 9 years ago, then you likely killed off most if not all the bacteria and this will not affect you long term much at all. However, there are a few 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
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
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
Many sxs/until cured: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom, but classically starts with rash & mild flu-like symptoms, then joint pains (often 1st in knees) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory/concentration/word finding & vision. Neurological sxs can mimic ms & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus & other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs. It lasts life-long unless treated. ...Read more
I've been put on Lymecycline for Lyme disease after 7 months undiagnosed. How long can I expect it to take till I start feeling improvement?
Possibly never...: Antibiotics in adequate doses usually cure Lyme if started within a week or 2, but are seldom curative when you've been infected for 7 months. Unfortunately, they may do more harm than good at this stage. The best treatments now are herbs & antibiotics. It's important to be tested & treated for co-infections like Babesia & Bartonella. Find a doc who is knowledgeable in treating Lyme. See comment: ...Read more
Usually 3-5 weeks: Erythema migraines, the bullseye rash associated with lyme, typically appears 7-10 days after a tick bite, though it can be from 1-33 days. It usually lasts 3-5 weeks, though could be shorter or longer. It tends to gradually expand over time. While often said to appear in 80-90% of those with lyme, actually no more than 30% with lyme recall a rash- see www.Jemsekspecialty. Com/lyme_detail. Php? Sid=6. ...Read more
1-2 weeks: If the tick was carrying the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and the bacteria was transmitted via the bite then most individuals will develop a flu like illness with fevers and muscle pains within a week or two. About half will also develop a bullseye rash at the site of the bite. ...Read more
7-10 days: I usually recommend a full 10-day course. ...Read more
I'm being treated for acute Lyme disease with IV anitibiotics. How long does it take to feel better once this treatment begins?
A few days: Usually people start feeling better within the first week. ...Read more
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