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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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Why does my psychosis seem to fade away after staying awake for 24 hours? I'm extremely tired but feel so much better mentally. I have Lyme disease...

Why does my psychosis seem to fade away after staying awake for 24 hours? I'm extremely tired but feel so much better mentally. I have Lyme disease...

Reduction in dopamin: Dopamine is the chemical believed to be the signaling transmitter responsible for psychotic types of behavior. Dopamine must be replenished daily for body brain to function. By staying awake & exhausting the brain you're significantly reducing the amount of dopamine stored in the brain which then reduces the amount of signaling activity that can occur for psychotic behavior to manifest. ...Read more

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Are there any illnesses that share the same symptoms of Lyme disease?

It depends: Occasionally symptoms of lyme disease could mimic those of a medication reaction or allergy, contact dermatitis or other non-infectious problem like clinical depression. Generally a physician who specializes in infectious diseases would be required in order to distinguish lyme disease from these other disorders. Also, late stages of lyme disease need to be distinguished from earlier stages of lyme. ...Read more

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Can tick borne illnesses(i.E.Lyme disease etc) cause disability?

Can tick borne illnesses(i.E.Lyme disease etc) cause disability?

Depends: Tick bite cancan be mild but if nevous system invoved might be lingering process sometime long term tetracck=line is needed and good diet and supportivetreatment can give real good recvery. ...Read more

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How does cfs relate to other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, gulf war syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, and candida?

How does cfs relate to other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, gulf war syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, and candida?

Simply put...: The underlying theme describes a constellation of signs and symptoms that we have absolutely no clear, concise idea how it biologically works, how to effectively treat it, and how to address its neuro-psychiatric effects, unfortunately, it is this ambiguity that is being exploited by some quacks, to spread misinformation about each of the diagnoses mentioned (and it's not exhaustive). ...Read more

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

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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Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more