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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 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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Last year I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The last few days both of my nipples are sore to the touch?

Last year I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The last few days both of my nipples are sore to the touch?

Sensitivity: I doubt one has anything to do with another. Have your doctor check your estrogen levels (which if your taking intramuscular testosterone for example...will convert excess androgen to the female hormone as well). If your hypothyroid. You may be getting too much thyroid replacement hormone. Flomax (tamsulosin) for prostate issues can also cause similar symptoms. See your doctor, have him evaluate you. ...Read more

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Fever in 2010. Antibioitics for few days (not long enough). Since then: idiopathic pain in ears/jaw, idiopathic pericarditis in 2013. Still tired/dizzy. Jaw/ears hurt mostly when I hav a cold. Lyme's?

Fever in 2010. Antibioitics for few days (not long enough). Since then: idiopathic pain in ears/jaw, idiopathic pericarditis in 2013. Still tired/dizzy. Jaw/ears hurt mostly when I hav a cold. Lyme's?

Good thought: Reasonable to test for lyme. You may have tmj. A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Softer foods, warm compresses and Motrin should help. Avoid gum chewing. Other option is migraine or mono. ...Read more

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How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

Lyme disease: Fever from lyme disease starts from 2 days after the tick bite to a few weeks. It usually starts with mild fever, fatigue, headache, muscle joint pains and at times swollen glands and a bulls -eye rash (red rash with a central clear area). These are early stage features and short. Not every one will have a fever. Lots of other symtoms develop once early stage clears. ...Read more

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Does Lyme always cause fever?

Does Lyme always cause fever?

No: Primary lyme disease can present with a flu-like illness that may not include a fever. More advanced lyme disease may also have normal temps. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease always cause a fever?

Does Lyme disease always cause a fever?

NO: Early lyme disease often causes symptoms such as fever (usually mild), fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pains, swollen glands & a bulls-eye rash starting within 2 days to a few weeks after being infected, but these symptoms may be brief & not everyone will have a fever. Once this early stage resolves, many other symptoms eventually develop, but fever is not a common symptom of chronic lyme disease. ...Read more

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I had a neg Lyme test, was treated for a month with abx., had herx at that time. Now a yr later low grade fever and joint pain. Could this be Lyme?

I had a neg Lyme test, was treated for a month with abx., had herx at that time. Now a yr later low grade fever and joint pain. Could this be Lyme?

Could be others: Depending on your exposure to ticks in your neck of the woods, you should have also been tested for other tick-borne illnesses since they travel in packs (Anaplasma, Babesia, Human granulocytic/monocytic Erlichiosis, others). If not tested, you could have one of these other infections, including Lyme, or else it my be entirely different diagnosis. It's best to get it evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

YOU ARE NOT 15 MIN!: I agree that you should not assume the neck pain is Lyme spasms, and get to ER. We would like to propose that while Babesia can raise temps, Bartonella can be immunosuppressive-floats in blood--you do not die. A fever with Bartonella I would take seriously. My wise MD friend is right. If 3 infections--missed one? ER. As Fallon, MD Columbia recently posted-ticks are infection bus-over 1-3 bugs. ...Read more

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Sick for 6 weeks. 3 antibiotics. Lyme, flu both negative. Waiting for HIV results. Fever everyday up to 101.8, joint pain, headache, SOB. What now?

Sick for 6 weeks. 3 antibiotics. Lyme, flu both negative. Waiting for HIV results. Fever everyday up to 101.8, joint pain, headache, SOB. What now?

Many: There are many things which can cause your symptoms. Sometimes a drug you have been taking may cause similar symptoms (drug fever). If HIV has been ruled out, then I would recommend that you consult an infectious disease specialist to find out the cause. A rheumatologic evaluation may also be considered to r/o an autoimmune disease. I would include a lung function test to assess the SOB as well. ...Read more

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I got a tick and my symptoms are headache fever nausea and fatigue I was wondering if it is Lyme disease or just the flu and should I go to the doctor?

I got a tick and my symptoms are headache fever nausea and fatigue I was wondering if it is Lyme disease or just the flu and should I go to the doctor?

See you physician: I woudl see your doctor now and get treated early. If it is tick related the proper antibiotics can stop it. There are other diseases that ticks can cause besides Lyme disease. See your physician ...Read more

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I would like the opinion of a doc who knows lyme. Does a negative IgG and IgM exclude 100% lyme? Got brain lesions, fever for years, anxiety, MS excluded.

NO, does NOT exclude: One of the reasons there is so much controversy about Lyme is that the tests are imperfect, with both false positives and false negatives. 20-30% of those with Lyme may have a negative Western Blot. With your symptoms I would be very suspicious for Lyme. It is ideal to work with a doctor knowledgeable about Lyme who uses an integrative approach. See http://www. Betterhealthguy. Com/lyme/testing ...Read more

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I'm on ceftin (cefuroxime) for Lyme. Each day at 4 I run a fever and start shaking, sweating. After a few hours I have to urinate, then I feel better. What gives?

I'm on ceftin (cefuroxime) for Lyme. Each day at 4 I run a fever and start shaking, sweating. After a few hours I have to urinate, then I feel better. What gives?

Drug fever?: This may well be a reaction to Ceftin (cefuroxime). Stop it for a week and see if the fever goes away. If problem persists, see an infectious disease specialists. Chronic lyme disease is a fad disease now heavily promoted by some practitioners in holistic medicine and many chiropractors yet few people actually suffer from this condition. Thus you should really consult an ID specialist. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and no fever. But hearing loss and pain. Can this cause my resting heartrate to be up 10 to 15 bpm? I also have pots, eds, lyme

I have an ear infection and no fever. But hearing loss and pain. Can this cause my resting heartrate to be up 10 to 15 bpm? I also have pots, eds, lyme

Yes, pain can: Lead to increase in heart rate, due to stress, pain killers, with other medicines prescribed for your condition, will help the infection and pain, if no improvement see your doctor for re-evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology: When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms in summer, no symptoms since. If it were Lyme would there be other symptoms after flu symptoms resolved?

Flu like symptoms in summer, no symptoms since. If it were Lyme would there be other symptoms after flu symptoms resolved?

Not always: For some joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, rash that comes and goes....for others no real other symptoms. If concerned, can have blood work done for lyme antibody levels. Dr R ...Read more

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Got bit by fleas 5 months ago in california. A few weeks later had flu symptoms for a couple days. Could I have gotten lyme? Would I be sick by now?

Got bit by fleas 5 months ago in california. A few weeks later had flu symptoms for a couple days. Could I have gotten lyme? Would I be sick by now?

No: Lyme disease is spread by tick bites not by fleas. Flea bites can spread other diseases such as murine typhus and plague. But a self limited period of flu symptoms that resolved would not be of concern and probably was an unrelated viral infection. ...Read more

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Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

?: Need to compare to previous readings, looks like those numbers are coming down, regardless, please keep the follow up with your treating physicians, hopefully you will get well soon, what counts more is how you look like clinically, as we treat patients not lab results, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Prodromal flu-like symp. Then anterograde amnesia, cognitive impairment, no sense of time, feeling of not being self. Previ. Lyme, bartonela. Sounds like?

Prodromal flu-like symp. Then anterograde amnesia, cognitive impairment, no sense of time, feeling of not being self. Previ. Lyme, bartonela. Sounds like?

See below: Sounds like it's time for you to make an appointment with your primary to figure out what's happening. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet. Good luck and stay well! ...Read more

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How long does joint pain and stiffness associated with Lyme advanced last?

How long does joint pain and stiffness associated with Lyme advanced last?

Depends!: You should have been treated with Doxycycline 100mg bid for at least a month. Improvement speed is related to the stage of disease the lyme was found. You should take an NSAID for pain. A low dose (2.5mg) of Prednisone in the morning will also help with your arthritis symptoms. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more