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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Overview)

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 diagnosis must be made.


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Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

Bacterial Infection: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through a type of tick. The bacteria can cause alot of things from a simple rash, to fevers, joint pain to more serious things such as meningitis and heart problems. If you think you were bitten by a tick or have lyme disease, please see your doctor. It's very easily treatable as long as you dont wait. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Overview)

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 diagnosis must be made.


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What is the cause of Lyme disease usually?

What is the cause of Lyme disease usually?

Borrelia bacteria: Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi.It is usually transmitted by deer ticks & the longer the tick is attached the greater the chance of infection.However, about half of those with lyme do not recall being bitten by a tick.It is proven that stinging flies can transmit it & possibly spiders, mosquitoes etc.It may be sexually transmitted & passed to babies in utero. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Living with Lyme Disease

Many people with Lyme disease feel worse in hot weather. Stay in AC if you can on hot days. ...See more

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What is the single best test for Lyme disease?

What is the single best test for Lyme disease?

Possibly new culture: There are many tests for lyme, 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 laboratory services may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best. ...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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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Living with Lyme Disease

Do tuck your pant legs into your socks when traveling in tick infested regions. ...See more

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Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease: As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, and nervous system. ...Read more

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Lyme disease treatment?

Depends: Lyme disease is easily treatable once it is diagnosed, which is sometimes difficult given current testing. Early Lyme is treated with doxycycline for 14-21 days. Disseminated Lyme (meningitis, carditis, Bell's Palsy) is treated 21-28 days and Lyme arthritis, a single swollen joint, is treated 28 days. Later Lyme is either treated with doxycycline or, in more severe cases, IV ceftriaxone. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Tip)

Do be sure the diagnosis is correct. It is often misdiagnosed. Don't use antibiotics longterm. ...See more

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Can Lyme disease be transmitted from person to person?

Can Lyme disease be transmitted from person to person?

Yes in certain cases: Lyme is not easily transmitted but there is strong evidence that it can be transmitted in utero from mother to baby & it can be transmitted via blood transfusions. However, whether it can be sexually transmitted is controversial. Lyme has not been proven to be sexually transmitted, but it hasn't been disproven either. While there is not yet clear evidence of sexual transmission it may be possible. ...Read more

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