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Doctor insights on: Lyme Causes Hypercoagulation Of The Blood

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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


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Can chronic lyme disease cause your blood test to be post for hep c?

Can chronic lyme disease cause your blood test to be post for hep c?

No: These two disease are caused by very different micro-organisms. Both can be treated, but with different medications. ...Read more

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Can "Shwartzman phenomenon" be caused by bacterial endotoxins from borrelia burgdorferi? Do people with Lyme ever get blood clots from this?

Can "Shwartzman phenomenon" be caused by bacterial endotoxins from borrelia burgdorferi?  Do people with Lyme ever get blood clots from this?

Lyme a spirochete: The Shwartzman phenomenon is reaction following the second exposure to a bacterial endotoxin, with tissue bleeding, necrosis and disseminated intravascular coagulation. Lyme disease is caused by B. burgdorferi, a spirochete, or zoonosis. Treatment can cause a Herxheimer reaction with fever, myalgia and arthralgia as toxins are released from the dead spirochetes. ...Read more

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Have candida/lyme/interstitial cystitis; could dr. Rx'd diet of protein/gr. Vegs./probiotics have caused my hi blood uric acid and interstitial cysti?

Have candida/lyme/interstitial cystitis; could dr. Rx'd diet of protein/gr. Vegs./probiotics have caused my hi blood uric acid and interstitial cysti?

Unlikely.: But might be contributing. Most common cause of high uric acid is genetics. A high uric acid level without symptoms is often of no significant consequences. The level may be affected a bit by diet. The candida / lyme / ic thing sounds fishy and very unlikely. Perhaps you have a more general underlying disorder. ...Read more

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3.5yr old with small fiber neuropathy, high b12, food allergies, normal blood work... What could be the cause? ..Metal exp? Lyme? Guillian barre?

3.5yr old with small fiber neuropathy, high b12, food allergies, normal blood work... What could be the cause? ..Metal exp? Lyme? Guillian barre?

Need more info: Without the ability to examine and have access to all medical history it is impossible to diagnose. See a pediatric neurologist and hope your baby is better soon. ...Read more

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Random aches migrating around body (muscles/joints). Blood test cleared me of lupus, thyroid, Lyme etc. Doctors think anxiety. Is this a likely cause?

Random aches migrating around body (muscles/joints). Blood test cleared me of lupus, thyroid, Lyme etc. Doctors think anxiety. Is this a likely cause?

Yes: Anxiety can cause such vague pains, good that your doctors excluded organic causes, many times this old adage, that we all know but don't practice, works: "early to bed, early to rise, that's the key to be healthy, happy and wise", goodluck ...Read more

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What are blood tests for Lyme disease?

What are blood tests for Lyme disease?

ELISA/West blot.: The 2 main tests are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening to see if there is an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is to this and not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test. ...Read more

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Can you have lyme's disease, even if a blood test rules it out?

Can you have lyme's disease, even if a blood test rules it out?

Yes: A negative test for lyme disease does not rule out lyme disease, because all of the tests currently available for lyme have a track record of many false negatives. That means that as many as 50% of patients with lyme disease have tested negative. A reasoable diagnosis should depend on a history of activity in a lyme endemic area, a devel. Of symptoms over time, and lab testing altogether. ...Read more

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Can you have Lyme disease if the blood test comes back negative?

No: Others may argue this point but i firmly believe a positive lyme screen and western blot is essential for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a person with disseminated Lyme disease transmit it via a blood donation?

Can a person with disseminated Lyme disease transmit it via a blood donation?

Yes: There is every reason to believe that lyme disease can be transmitted via blood transfusion. This does not mean that someone with lyme will always transmit it; in patients with lyme PCR tests are often negative, meaning it is not always present in the blood, but it is at times and in that case is almost certain to be transmitted.Certainly some with lyme don't know it & donate blood & transmit it. ...Read more

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What is the best Lyme disease test? I've had the basic blood test done, came back negative, but is there a more thorough test to rule it out?

What is the best Lyme disease test? I've had the  basic blood test done, came back negative, but is there a more thorough test to rule it out?

Thorough WesternBlot: The screen many doctors use, the elisa, only detects about half of those with lyme. A much more sensitive and specific test is the western blot, but i strongly advise doing this through ignenex in palo alto, a specialty lab, as the test offered by most other labs does not include tests for antibodies to the 31 & 34 kda antigens, which are the most specific antigens for lyme! please see my comment. ...Read more

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People with Lyme donate blood and organs without knowledge of their condition or misdiagnosis. Ist this going to be a huge transmission epidemic?

Probably yes!: Good question. No one knows how common lyme is; experts estimate there are at least 10 times as many cases as officially reported, which could mean 300, 000 new cases a year. Many of these people are not diagnosed and some undoubtedly donate blood. Donated blood is not screened for lyme, so receiving donated blood definitely places someone at risk of getting lyme disease! ...Read more

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Where do Lyme literate dr's send a patient to have blood drawn for a Lyme panel that gives more accurate diag for a patient who may have had LD yrs?

Where  do Lyme literate dr's send a patient to have blood drawn for a Lyme panel  that gives more accurate diag  for a patient who may have had LD yrs?

IgeneX most common: There are many tests for lyme disease, but none are totally reliable. The elisa test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- i recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratories may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get an RNA blood result back for Lyme antibody?

How long does it take to get an RNA blood result back for Lyme antibody?

within week: The test can be performed rapidly, with results within a day of the lab receiving it. Reporting is another matter. ...Read more

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What it's mean "absent" In Labcorp blood test for Lyme?

Likely no antibody: It would help to have the report. From the limited information you provided, it likely means that antibody to Lyme was absent and that in all likelihood there is no Lyme infection. ...Read more

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I recently had a blood test, it showed a potential false pos of hep b, but is there a link between Lyme disease and hepatitis?

NO: Lyme does not cause hepatitis. The clinical presentation of the 2 with aches, pains, fatigue, stiffness, weakness can overlap and be confusing. Lyme needs antibiotics hepatitis does not. See your doctor. ...Read more

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