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Doctor insights on: How Many People Die Per Year From Lyme Disease

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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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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago and took antibiotics. No problems since. My question is do the symptoms ever return? And if so what should be done?

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago and took antibiotics.  No problems since.  My question is do the symptoms ever return?  And if so what should be done?

Unlikely: If you were treated early in the course of the illness and the therapy was successful the chances of your having long-term problems is almost non-existent. ...Read more

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My husband has Lyme disease and and hasn't been treated. He's known it for a year. He probably has hep c too.What can this do to him?

My  husband has Lyme disease and and hasn't been treated. He's known it for a year. He probably has hep c too.What can this do to him?

Significant harm: These are 2 separate issues and are caused by 2 different infectious agents. Each should be evaluated. If lyme disease is not treated, there is an increased risk of cardiac, neurologic and arthritic complications that can occur months to even years after the infection. Severe hep c can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. ...Read more

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Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?

Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?

Yes, it could: Lyme disease effects human body with prominent neurological involvement. The patient may manifest the following flu-like symptoms with joints pain, muscles pain, fatigue, headache, stiff neck, sore throat, fever, chills and enlarged lymph nodes. Headache is the most common symptom (in 50%) and can transform in chronic daily headache. See orofacial pain specialist near you for headache management. ...Read more

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I received some partial information about a test for estrogen. Is "9" in normal limits? I've been crying and having anxiety issues for over a year. I also have Lyme disease and perhaps bartonella.

Labs vvvvary: I would want to see that lab's reference range and whether test was saliva, urine or blood to answer if that's a normal resuult. Could be manopause symptoms, but both bartonella and lyme disease can cause anxiety and depression. You need a thorogh eval but a lyme literate and hormone literate docmeno. ...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