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Is Lyme disease more serious in the elderly?

Is Lyme disease more serious in the elderly?

In many cases yes: Lyme disease can be serious at any age, but has highly variable effects depending on many factors, including what strain of lyme & other conditions the person has.Someone with lyme who has other conditions such as parasites, co-infections like babesia & bartonella & heavy metal toxicity will become more ill than an otherwise healthy person. Elderly people often have more of these other conditions. ...Read more

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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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Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Not necessarily: Lyme is a complex illness. Some who have it become quite ill, while others have mild symptoms. This depends on the strain of lyme bacteria, genetics of the patient, presence of co-infections like babesia & bartonella & factors that affect immune function like nutrition, parasites, heavy metals, mold exposure & stress.Thus, like adults, some children become quite ill but others have minimal symptoms. ...Read more

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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: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20019701 The timing will depend on which body systems are invovled ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause chronic severe headaches, like 9/10, pressure or tension type headaches?

Can Lyme disease cause chronic severe headaches, like 9/10, pressure or tension type headaches?

Lyme: Lyme disease can affect the nervous system and if you are having persistent headaches seek an evaluation with your pmd. ...Read more

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Doci had Lyme disease two years ago , about 4 months ago waking with severe burning sensation all over last for most of the morning , sleep disturbances feel like i've been run over by a truck?

Doci had Lyme disease two years ago , about 4 months ago waking with severe burning sensation all over last for most of the morning , sleep disturbances feel like i've been run over by a truck?

CHECK IT OUT: Might be lyme, might be something else. I hope you had conclusive treatment 2 yrs ago. But check it out now. A recurrence is possible. Still it may be something else. Time to inclued your dr in and see what's found. ...Read more

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26 yo female with severe knee and hand pain in the morning along with pain on balls of feet. Pain also in middle of night.Possible RA or Lyme disease?

26 yo female with severe knee and hand pain in the morning along with pain on balls of feet. Pain also in middle of night.Possible RA or Lyme disease?

Anything is possible: No need to speculate. Go see your family doctor for evaluation, testing & treatment options. S/he can refer you to a rheumatologist if necessary. ...Read more

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