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What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

See details: There are several and they basically involved 3 issues: neurologic (meningitis, brachial plexus and other neuropathies, muscle inflammation), cardiac (arrhythmias, pericarditis, myocarditis) and arthritis. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

YES!: Lyme disease can affect every organ of the body. 66% of patients with early disseminated lyme disease have elevated liver enzymes (see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8675158). Even more patients infected with ehrlichiosis (80%) have elevated liver enzymes and it can even rarely cause liver failure- see http://cid.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/34/9/1206.Long. ...Read more

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Eye of the tiger- rare form of Parkinson's disease?

Eye of the tiger- rare form of Parkinson's disease?

Eye of the tiger: the eye of the tiger is a term for a finding on MRI of the brain. It is related to an illness that is similar to Parkinsons, which tends to affect young men. It is not Parkinsons however. For this condition you may wish to ask for someone to evaluate your MRI films carefully to confirm this finding. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

Highly variable: Some with untreated lyme disease have minimal or no symptoms- a healthy person with a strong immune system can co-exist with it. Others can have devastating symptoms: fatigue, muscle/joint pains ; neurological symptoms ranging from poor memory/concentration to symptoms that mimic ms or als. Those with genetic susceptibilities, co-infections, toxic exposures, stress etc. Will have worse symptoms. ...Read more

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Possibly causes of split second black out in vision? Young, healthy, no risk factors of any kind. Taking .25 clonazapam. Have inactive Graves disease.

Possibly causes of split second black out in vision? Young, healthy, no risk factors of any kind. Taking .25 clonazapam. Have inactive Graves disease.

Many causes: This can be due to anxiety, the clonazepam (Klonopin), TIA (amaurosis fugax), etc. See your physician immediately to discuss your symptoms in detail and to review your risk factors as well as to undergo a complete neurological and ophthalmologic exam. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000784.htm ...Read more

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What percentage of patients with Graves disease develop eye problems? Will there be any eye issues if the disease is treated early on?

What percentage of patients with Graves disease develop eye problems? Will there be any eye issues if the disease is treated early on?

Grave's: Grave's disease does not often result in eye problems if treatment is OK. That said, any concern you might have regarding your eyes please contact both your thyroid doctor and an eye doctor. I suspect all will be well! Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with Lyme disease 10 yrs later?

Maybe nothing: I am not a big believer in chronic lyme disease as studies have shown that the vast majority of these cases have something else. I would urge consultation with an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Could tongue fasciculations,arm tremors,depression be a sign of Wilson's disease? Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause Wilson's disease ?

Could tongue fasciculations,arm tremors,depression be a sign of Wilson's disease? Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause Wilson's disease ?

My response: Psychiatric drugs do NOT cause Wilson's disease which is a problem with copper metabolism. This would be evaluated by blood testing including copper and ceruloplasmin. Since you seem concerned, see your doctor and uncover why you have issues. A tardive dyskinesia can be treated if present. ...Read more

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What are the emotional effects of Lyme disease?

What are the emotional effects of Lyme disease?

Many effects: Lyme disease is often called the great imitator, as it can imitate most any disease. Borrelia bacteria can infect the nervous system and thus cause anxiety, depression and even psychosis.Even if it does not infect the brain, the fatigue & pain of lyme can cause great emotional distress & many lyme patients feel isolated & unsupported. See www.Lymeinfo.Net/neuropsych.Html for much more information. ...Read more

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Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

The risk is very low: An epiretinal membrane is a common finding in 60 y/o female and typically remain visually insignificant. If it becomes visually significant, surgical treatment is very successful. Mild glaucoma is very treatable, and with appropriate followup and treatment, peripheral vision loss can be prevented. Central loss is extremely rare. ...Read more

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What is a progressive neurological disease that affects adults (in 30's or 40's) where the patient approximately 10-20 years after onset of symptoms?

Please clarify: There is a word or phrase or something missing from your question. "What is a progressive neurological disease that affects adults (in 30's or 40's)" is okay, but the rest makes no sense. You can see that, right? Please repost your question with clearer wording. ...Read more

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If MRI w/contrast of the brain showed lesions & have all symptoms of MS including diplopia, could I have another autoimmune disease other than ms?

If MRI w/contrast of the brain showed lesions & have all symptoms of MS including diplopia, could I have another autoimmune disease other than ms?

See below : Antiphospholipid antibodies which are clotting antibodies which can be seen with various autoimmune diseases such as ms and create small lesions that can mimics ms on a mri. This can be easily tested for by your doctor. ...Read more

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Could namenda (memantine) stop the progression of alzheimer's disease?

Could namenda (memantine) stop the progression of alzheimer's disease?

Helps somewhat: Does not really stop progression, merely slows the deterioration somewhat and helps some of the associated issues such as agitation. But in combination with a cholinesterase inhibitor, may truly be very useful. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b vaccine give you rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as polyartheritis nodosa because my sister started getting symptoms shortly after?

Can hepatitis b vaccine give you rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as polyartheritis nodosa because my sister started getting symptoms shortly after?

Not likely: There is no known strong evidence to prove that this vaccine causes PAN. In fact, having the hepatitis B infection itself is what classically causes PAN. ...Read more

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Scientists have discovered any symptoms of Lyme disease that last forever?

Scientists have discovered any symptoms of Lyme disease that last forever?

See details: Chronic lyme disease is a very controversial issue. Symptoms can be controlled but not by taking endless antibiotics. The proper medication depends on what specific symptoms one is treating. ...Read more

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What are the emotional effects of Lyme disease?

Many effects: Lyme disease is often called the great imitator, as it can imitate most any disease. Borrelia bacteria can infect the nervous system and thus cause anxiety, depression and even psychosis.Even if it does not infect the brain, the fatigue & pain of lyme can cause great emotional distress & many lyme patients feel isolated & unsupported. See www.Lymeinfo.Net/neuropsych.Html for much more information. ...Read more

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Taking enzymes and will start an abx protocol for Lyme disease.Will the enzymes affect the abx by reducing its effects?How many hours between them?

Caution re: abx !: Antibiotics work great for those recently infected with lyme but, based on extensive experience, often do more harm than good in chronic lyme. Even if you do use them this should only be done after extensive preparation of detoxifying, correcting nutrient deficiencies, balancing hormones, stress reduction, treating parasites/co-infections etc.See http://bit.Ly/1e7glux enzymes should not interfere. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

Highly variable: Some with untreated lyme disease have minimal or no symptoms- a healthy person with a strong immune system can co-exist with it. Others can have devastating symptoms: fatigue, muscle/joint pains ; neurological symptoms ranging from poor memory/concentration to symptoms that mimic ms or als. Those with genetic susceptibilities, co-infections, toxic exposures, stress etc. Will have worse symptoms. ...Read more

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Nutrition suggestions that better contain the Lyme disease neuropathys and effects? Please advice

Nutrition suggestions that better contain the Lyme disease neuropathys and effects?

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Antioxidants: A variety of colorful fruits and veggies, and healthy omega 3 fats are anti inflammatory and helps neuropathies, also high dose activated Folic Acid (methyl folate) can improve neuropathies. ...Read more

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What are side effects when using doxycycline to treat Lyme disease?

What are side effects when using doxycycline to treat Lyme disease?

Allergic reactions: Can be very serious side effects if there is: difficulty in breathing, chest tightness, swelling of tongue, diarrhea with or without bloody stools, severe headaches, severe skin reactions like urticaria, blistered or pealing skin. Common and relatively mild se are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite mild temporary skin rash with or without itching, sensitivity to sunlight. But, overall quite safe. ...Read more

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more

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Question about Lyme disease and erlichiosis - where in the u.S. Do you have to worry about these things?

Question about Lyme disease and erlichiosis - where in the u.S. Do you have to worry about these things?

See below:: Risk of lyme disease: northeast, from maine to northern virginia; upper midwest, including most of wisconsin, northern minnesota and a sliver of northern illinois. "emerging risk" regions: illinois-indiana border, the new york-vermont border, southwestern michigan & eastern n. Dakota. Ehrlichosis: southeastern & south-central United States, from the eastern seaboard to texas. ...Read more

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How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the ld germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more

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Do fleas cause Lyme disease?

Spirochete in fleas: The organism (borellia sp.) that causes lyme disease has been found in fleas and mosquitos but has not yet been found to contribute to transmission of lyme disease in humans this way. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease spread?

How does Lyme disease spread?

Tick borne: It is transmitted during prolonged blood feeding of the ixodes tick. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease attack?

How does Lyme disease attack?

See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...Read more

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What does Lyme disease attack?

Many areas: If left untreated it can effect several areas including the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, skin, muscles and joints. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease cause diareha?

Does Lyme disease cause diareha?

Lyme diseasec: Yes it does cause diarrhea. Lyme disease affects gastro intestinal tract in many ways and diarrhea is one of the features of GI tract involvement. ...Read more

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Is nature source of Lyme disease?

Could say that: Nature is the source of most things. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted by ticks. Both bacteria and ticks are natural. ...Read more

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Could i be tested for Lyme disease?

Could i be tested for Lyme disease?

Find willing doctor: Of course you can but you need to find a doctor to order the test. There are many tests for lyme. I strongly advise getting the igg &igm western blot test from igneex. Many docs start with the lisa test that misses at least half who have it &other labs do incomplete western blot tests. See http://betterhealthguy.Com/lyme/testing. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have Lyme disease?

How can I tell if I have Lyme disease?

See Lyme-literate MD: Lyme disease is surprisingly common but can be hard to diagnose. Most md's aren't too knowledgeable about it & may do a screening test that misses over half the cases & say you don't have it.No test is definitive- it's ultimately a clinical diagnosis. It's best to see a "lyme-literate" doc-see www.Chroniclymedisease.Com/llmd-referrals for an overview: www.Lymediseaseresource.Com/burrguide2008.Pdf. ...Read more

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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