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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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Stiff neck/shoulders, fatigue, muscle twitches, ear/jaw pain and stiffness, headaches/head pressure, very sore muscles waking up. Lyme disease?

Stiff neck/shoulders, fatigue, muscle twitches, ear/jaw pain and stiffness, headaches/head pressure, very sore muscles waking up. Lyme disease?

Not likely: You may have fibromyalgia. You need to discuss this with your physician and possibly see a rheumatologist. This is unlikely to be Lyme disease but there are other possibilities in the differential diagnosis that need to be confirmed. Your evaluation will include examination, lab studies and maybe imaging. ...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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My husband has Lyme disease he had a reoccurrence with nervousness and stiffness on doxycycline 100mg 7 days. Is that enough treatment?

Probably not but...: Acute lyme disease responds well to Doxycycline though lyme specialists advise 200 mg 2x/day for 30 days. If his recurrence is due to a new bite i advise that dose. If it's recurrence of previous infection, as dr. Raff mentions, this is a controversial subject. There is strong evidence lyme can persist (http://bit.Ly/1ffxjxl) but i feel antibiotics are seldom effective for chronic lyme.See comment:. ...Read more

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Can someone with Lyme disease have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Can someone  with Lyme disease have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes.: It occurs. But it may not be do to lyme as well. Irrespective, you should be on a 1-3 month course of doxycline 100 mg bid. Lyme arthritis is unpleasant. Late neurologic disease is unnecessary and worse. ...Read more

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Is it typical for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Is it typical for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes: Lyme disease can cause symmetric polyarthralgias - pain in numerous joints on both sides of the body. Although rare, lyme disease is usually easy to treat if identifed quickly. There are blood tests so if you and your dr have a concern, it shoud be pretty quick to rule in/out. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Please explain if it is possible for a person with Lyme disease to have symmetrical joint pain on both sides?

Yes: Generalized aching is a symptom of primary lyme disease. However, swelling of multiple joints is not. If the small joints (hands and feet) are involved it is virtually never going to be lyme disease. ...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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

A stiff neck causes pain and discomfort with neck movement. Causes vary, and include muscle strains, ...Read more