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Lyme Disease And Effects On Menstruation
Side effects on liver and kidney or on harmonal balnce due to TB medication.Is obesity a side effect of TB medication?
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Parkinson's disease: Parkinson's disease is considered a movement disorder associated with a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine. This is an oversimplified definition. The initial symptoms of parkinson's disease usually involve involuntary tremors and rigidity. The initial manifestations usually involve difficulty with motor function. Cognitive decline is usually a late manifestation. ...Read more
Beneficial: Statins have helped lower cholesterol as well as silent inflammation in many patients. With patients who have had a heart attach, maintaining LDL levels below 70 for 18 months have shown a reversal of plaque formation. However the statin itself will not prevent a heart attack or stroke. It is the combination of medication with lifestyle improvement that makes true changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At what stages in peripheral arterial disease does anticoagulant therapy no longer have and effect and why?
They are rarely used: Pad is not usually treated with anti coagulation. The treatment is usually anti platelet agents such as Aspirin or clopidogrel to make them less sticky. In addition vasodilators such as pletal, trental (pentoxifylline) a medication to make the blood more "slippery" and anti cholesterol statin medications are used. When medical therapy has not been helpful or in very severe arterial blockages stents can be placed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune condition: Hashimoto's and graves' are two thyroid diseases caused by the body's immune system attacking thyroid gland. In hashimoto's, the attack causes thyroid underfunction, while in graves', the attack causes overfunction. People with autoimmune thyroid disease are more prone to autoimmune connective tissue disease (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc) when immune system attacks joints, skin, muscles, etc. ...Read more
My doctor put me on minocin (minocycline) for my acne but i'm nervous of side effects and drug induced lupus. Are these very rare? I've been on this drug years ago.
Good choice: Acne is a serious, chronic disease that is a major personal and professional liability. Minocycline very seldom causes problems and when it does, discontinuing the medicine and replacing it with something else is easy and you'll heal up fine. Nothing worthwhile in life is risk-free. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many sxs/until cured: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom, but classically starts with rash & mild flu-like symptoms, then joint pains (often 1st in knees) & fatigue.It often causes problems with memory/concentration/word finding & vision. Neurological sxs can mimic ms & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus & other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs.It lasts life-long unless treated. ...Read more
I have lupus will taking atripla as pep for 28 days have negative effects on my body or on the effectiveness of the drug?
Why would it?: I presume that you are taking atripla to treat your condition and thus don't understand why using a drug to control your disease condition would hurt your body (unless you are allergic or intolerant to one of the ingredients) . It has nothing to do with your lupus. ...Read more
How does diabetes cause diarrhea and steatorrhea? What are the other effects of diabetes on digestive system?
Lipid profile: Statins are medications used to treat high cholesterol, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. You can evaluate the impact of your treatments (diet and medications) for high cholesterol by following measurements of your lipids with blood tests. This should be done with the advice of a physician. ...Read more
Chagas: Chagas disease is caused by the parasite trypanasoma cruzi, and is common through parts of Latin America. Many patients with this infection will develop heart muscle weakness (cardiomyopathy). Echocardiography shows the structure and function of heart muscle so if cardiomyopathy is significant, echo will show it. ...Read more
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
Research on psychoneuroimmunology: does stress influence immunity and cause coronary artery disease?
Henoch-Schonlien Purpura as child from Lyme and given Aspirin. Portwine stain on arm. Digestive/skin/neuro symp. worse w/ age and b4 Mcycle. link?
Unrelated issues: Your HSP could give you transient issues for a few months & rarely long term kidney issues. If you didn't die from REYE syndrome after aspirin use (with flu or chickenpox), its a non issue. It is a good med we still occasionally use in kids. Your digestive/other issues could easily be food allergies/gluten related. I can't cobble these together as anything other than acquiring problems with age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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