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Symptoms of autoimmune disease in pregnancy?

Symptoms of autoimmune disease in pregnancy?

Many: There are many autoimmune diseases. Some effect the skin, some the joints, some the kidneys, etc.. If you are having specific symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor about them to get a specific answer. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Low cd57 and Lyme disease? Are these tests some method of detecting Lyme disease?

Low cd57 and Lyme disease?  Are these tests some method of detecting Lyme disease?

Contorversial: Cd57 testing is a controversial way of trying to determine if someone has lyme disease. It is not widely accepted as accurate and most clinicians do not test for it. ...Read more

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How are thyroglobin and tpo antibody tests related to hashimoto's disease and pregnancy?

How are thyroglobin and tpo antibody tests related to hashimoto's disease and pregnancy?

Complex.: Pregnancy will raise thyroglobulin values, necessitating an increase in total thyroid production. If hashimoto's is present, thyroid function must be assessed by free T3 (liothyronine) values and TSH during pregnancy to avoid low thyroid. Many women will develop a goiter during pregnancy, but this is physiologic. But it is imperative to constantly moniter thyroid function of the mother, or the fetus can be hurt. ...Read more

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What are common tick bite and Lyme disease risk/symptoms?

Rash, flu symptom: There are a number of tick borne illnesses. To get lyme disease you would first have to be bitten by an infected tick in an area of the country with lyme disease. The early symptoms are a rash and sometimes fever, headache cold or flu like symptoms. This can be followed by other rashes, neurologic symptoms, joint swelling , joint pain, and cardiac ( heart) symptoms. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease complicate pregnancy?

Can celiac disease complicate pregnancy?

Celiac disease: It certainly can, as celiac disease can cause significant illness including malabsorption issues. It is necessary to obtain physicians that can treat the celiac disease as any pregnancy will probably be a high risk pregnancy if the celiac disease is not well controlled. ...Read more

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Can MS and Lyme disease be the same thing?

No but: No, they are not the same, however, it is possible for neurological lyme to have similar symptoms as ms. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver disease due to pregnancy?

Symptoms of liver disease due to pregnancy?

Various: There are several kinds of liver problems related to pregnancy. If your skin or the whites of your eyes start looking yellow, if you are having pain in the upper right side of your abdomen, or if you are having nausea, vomiting & headaches later in pregnancy, tell your OB and be seen right away. Some liver problems in pregnancy are mild, but others can be life-threatening and/or harm your baby. ...Read more

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Is it absolutely impossible to have celiac disease without positive blood tests and biopsy? Even with all symptoms and other autoimmune diseases?

Is it absolutely impossible to have celiac disease without positive blood tests and biopsy? Even with all symptoms and other autoimmune diseases?

Very unlikely: The gold standard of celiac disease is the small bowel biopsy. Blood tests, if positive are helpful. You don't provide enough clinical detail to give you more specific advice. Denmark has several excellent hospitals and medical schools.I suggest you should be evaluated in a tertiary medical center.l ...Read more

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Is it common for a blood test to miss Lyme disease? Also can Lyme disease lead to weight loss?

Is it common for a blood test to miss Lyme disease? Also can Lyme disease lead to weight loss?

Yes to both: It is fairly common for lab tests for lyme disease to be a false negative. The cdc criteria for a positive test is so strict that it might miss up to 50% of patients who have lyme disease. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for months?

Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for  months?

Yes: People react to infections in different ways. Most who are infected with lyme will have vague non-specific symptoms initially like headache and achiness that may be mild and not noticed as a sign of illness, but then have more pronounced symptoms that appear months or years later. ...Read more

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Low cd57 and Lyme disease related?

Low cd57 and Lyme disease related?

In some cases but...: Noted lyme specialist raphael stricker discovered that many lyme patients have a low cd57 count (this is a subset of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells) and that the level often increases as patents improve. However, not all lyme patients have low cd57 counts. A low cd57 may be supportive of a lyme diagnosis but a high level in no way rules it out. See my comment for more info:. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more

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Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

See below: Most infectious disease docs follow the guidelines of the idsa ; are either unaware of or willfully ignore a large body of sound science that proves without question that lyme infection can persist after what they consider to be adequate treatment.See http://bit.Ly/1px4fnq ; http://bit.Ly/1ffxjxl ; http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/lymefiles.Html ; http://bit.Ly/qcegra ; http://bit.Ly/orugxl for details. ...Read more

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Can all people diagnosed with the disease lupus test positive to lupus anticoagulant as well?

Can all people diagnosed with the disease lupus test positive to lupus anticoagulant as well?

Not necessarily: This can be seen in the setting of lupus but with other autoimmune diseases as well as some patients can positive for it and not have any associated diseases with it. ...Read more

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Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Can you please define Lyme disease and where does Lyme disease come from?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & possibly sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is there a Lyme disease test?

Is there a Lyme disease test?

Yes: There are blood and cerbrospinal fluid tests that can be done to aid in the diagnosis of lyme disease. They must be interpreted carefully by experienced clinicians. ...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

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