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When you have NEUROLOGICAL Lyme Disease...and you have RAGE as a Herxheimer reaction....HOW DO YOU TREAT THE RAGE?

When you have NEUROLOGICAL Lyme Disease...and you have RAGE as a Herxheimer reaction....HOW DO YOU TREAT THE RAGE?

Rage unusual but...: I don't know if any of my many Lyme patients have had rage as a herx reaction. When someone with Lyme has rage it is likely they also have Bartonella, which often causes rage. If related to herxing treat like any herx reaction: http://bit.ly/1jc2BTn Also consider herbs that are calming such as Baikal Skullcap. See http://betterhealthguy.com/images/stories/PDF/BUHNER%20CONF%20NOTES.pdf for more. ...Read more

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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Allergic reaction to doxycycline hyclate for Lyme disease?

Allergic reaction to doxycycline hyclate for Lyme disease?

Check with doctor: There are alternative antibiotics that you can take instead of doxycycline. Check with the doctor who prescribe it. ...Read more

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Can you have Lyme disease and still have a negative test result on the western blot test?

Can you have Lyme disease and still have a negative test result on the western blot test?

Possible: Lab tests have false negatives and false positives. Each lab test result needs to be interpreted in the clinical context. A person may have infection with lyme disease and may not make appropriate antibody and have a negative test while the test is working properly. ...Read more

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I tested positive for Lyme disease. I was given the EIA (result 6.1), IgG (10 bands present) and IgM WB (3 bands) Does this mean I've had LD for a whi?

I tested positive for Lyme disease. I was given the EIA (result 6.1), IgG (10 bands present) and IgM WB (3 bands) Does this mean I've had LD for a whi?

Yes: The presence of IgG usually indicates past infection which might have occurred months or even years ago. The presence of IgM indicates a current or recent infection. ...Read more

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I had a blood test (Western Blot), to check for Lyme Disease. The results look strange (0.45). This doesn't look like the result of any WB test I have?

Probably not Lyme: Your Western Blot would need to be above 5 for a conclusive confirmation of Lyme disease. Unless you also had known tick bite, low-grade fever, "erythema migrants", you probably had a viral illness that should resolve on its own. Do discuss this with your primary medical provider or specialist if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What herxheimer reactions can occur when treating chronic Lyme disease? My blood feels poisoned...Rage, dysesthesias, and fatigue are way worse...

When spirochetes: Killed , they release what is called exotoxins. Those toxins are extremely powerful vasodilators as result people develop low blood pressure , high heart rate and other symptoms systemic manifestations . I have seen the worst jerish hexhimers's reaction with louse born relapsing fever treated with penicillin. People die from such reaction than the disease itself ( i mean relapsing fever ). ...Read more

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I am recovering from Lyme disease with 7th CN palsy as a result. I am prescribed 15mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) QD for ADHD. Is it contraindicated with my condition?

I am recovering from Lyme disease with 7th CN palsy as a result. I am prescribed 15mg Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) QD for ADHD. Is it contraindicated with my condition?

Should be ok: You should be able to safely take your prescribed medication with your condition, but as always, make sure your prescribing physician is aware of all health conditions you have. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease live for ever ?

Can Lyme disease live for ever ?

Not sure of question: Do you mean to ask if lyme would continue indefinitely if not treated? Te answer to that is yes, though the typical course for lyme disease is one where symptoms can tend to come & go, get worse, then better. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more