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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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


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How long can survive without knowing that you have aids?

How long can survive without knowing that you have aids?

Many years: In the days before effective treatment, the average time from infection to an aids diagnosis was 10 years. Some people progressed much faster than that, and some much slower. Everyone should get tested, so that they don't find out they're hiv-infected by getting diagnosed with aids. ...Read more

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How long can a person go without knowing they have chlamydia?

How long can a person go without knowing they have chlamydia?

A "Silent STD": I agree with dr. Killian. It is called a silent std because you can be unaware that you have it, due to lack of symptoms- all the while it is doing damage to your body. ...Read more

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How much time can you be infected with syphilis without knowing?

How much time can you be infected with syphilis without knowing?

All depends: Third stage syphilis can cause neurosyphilis and death. But, not all die. But in general people get sick eventually from syphilis. Thus get tested routinely and never risk getting late stage syphilis. Please. ...Read more

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How long can you live with graves disease without being treated?

How long can you live with graves disease without being treated?

That depends: Really hard to answer. But thyroid storm is a complication which can occur under stressful circumstances like other illness and when graves untreated and is life threatening. Chronic uncontrolled graves will cause osteopenia, possibly cardiac arrhythmias, maybe liver trouble, and will likely only get worse without treatment. No cure for graves except ablation or surgery. Antithyroid rx temporary. ...Read more

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How long can you survive with graves disease without being treated?

How long can you survive with graves disease without being treated?

Depends: Depends upon your physiologic reserve and how active the grave's disease is. Severe symptoms will usually drive patients to their doc before cardiovascular collapse ( thyroid storm). Young patients can tolerate a lot but if you have other underlying conditions you might not be so lucky. ...Read more

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How long can you have dormant Lyme disease for?

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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How long can you live with a tumor without knowing?

How long can you live with a tumor without knowing?

It depends: This depends on what kind of tumor you're talking about, and where it is. Sometimes these show themselves early, sometimes they don't. At 16 it's unlikely you have any tumors anywhere -- but please talk with your physician about any concerns you have about your health, or any changes you've noticed. ...Read more

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How long can you have hsv2 without any symptoms?

Herpes Update: Your whole life. It is now thought that up to 90% of people infected with herpes do not have recurrent outbreaks. But, that does not mean one is not infectious. Viral shedding can occur without breakouts and can be unpredictable for when and how much they are infectious. ...Read more

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How long will you live without knowing you have a brain tumor?

How long will you live without knowing you have a brain tumor?

Brain Tumor: It totally depends on the tumor. Some tumors are very aggressive and you only have days to weeks to live. Others are not aggressive and can be present for decades without causing death. ...Read more

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How long can a woman have chlamydia without knowing?

How long can a woman have chlamydia without knowing?

Definitely: If you are sexually active with numerous partners or an infected one you can acquire the infection and not know it. If concerned see your gyn and be checked out. ...Read more

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

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 live with testicular cancer without knowing?

How long can you live with testicular cancer without knowing?

Even years: Most cancers, apart from field change cancers, tend to start from a single cell which multiplies by division. Some divide very slowly. A small cancer within testicle can take a long time before it is detected. Not all testicular tumors present as a hard lump which is esay to detect. (field change tumors occur in lining of urinary tract, especially bladder, or lung after exposure to carcinogens). ...Read more

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Can you have lime disease for years without knowing it?

Can you have lime disease for years without knowing it?

Yes: Lyme disease can quietly spread to many organs and iit's common for patients with lyme disease to not get properly diagnosed for up to two years. Many of the symptoms of lyme disease mimic other illnesses. Lyme is known as "the great imitator" of the new millenium for this reason. Most commonly, patients with lyme are diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndr and/or fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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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

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For how long can you live with addison's disease if not treated?

For how long can you live with addison's disease if not treated?

Addison's: If you have Addison's please don't wait to see your doctor. Management is usually straightforward but some time you may need lab studies and x-rays. Please let me know what it turns out to be. ...Read more

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How long can you go without testing positive for chlamydia if you have the disease?

How long can you go without testing positive for chlamydia if you have the disease?

Unfortunately years: Chlamydia can actually be present, cause pelvic infections, sterility, and adhesive disease...Years before it's discovered. This is why we screen all women yearly in their reproductive years to hopefully catch it before it causes damage. Good question. ...Read more