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Doctor insights on: Lyme Disease And Pregnancy

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Can Lyme disease be passed from mother to child during pregnancy? If yes, is it super rare?

Can Lyme disease be passed from mother to child during pregnancy?  If yes, is it super rare?

Yes: Yes, but it is very rare. There have been documented cases where lyme disease was found in the live or stillborn child. Studies have not shown increased risk for birth defects in children of women who have lyme disease antibodies. At this time there is no specific congenital lyme disease syndrome. Source: nelson textbook of pediatrics, 19th edition. ...Read more

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If i had untreated lymes disease before all of my pregnancies, would all 8 of my breastfed children have it?Could symptoms show anytime in their lives?

Possibly ; yes: The cdc does not officially recognize whether lyme can be transmitted from mother to baby in utero; this is controversial but there is sound evidence that this can occur; how often it occurs is not known. Some doctors even feel that many cases of autism are caused by this. While the lyme bacteria has been found in breast milk, transmission via breastfeeding seems less likely. See comment for more:. ...Read more

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How long should I be on antibiotics when I have had untreated Lyme disease for 1 1/2 years? Was untreated due to my pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Look at symptoms: Rather than a set time for taking antibiotics, many docs treat until the symptoms are gone. There are also a couple of blood tests that help determine if the infection is still active. ...Read more

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I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

See doctor: While breast pain can be associated with the time period before one's period starts due to effects of progesterone on the breast tissue, it sounds like your pain is excessive and difficult to live with. You likely aren't pregnant given 3 negative tests. I would see a doctor to get a full breast exam to make sure there is nothing concerning. Doctor may order an ultrasound to examine the breast. ...Read more

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I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

Need reliable test: If you were using over the counter pregnancy tests, it is time to get a more reliable definitive pregnancy test ordered by your doctor and performed by a formal lab ...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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What are the stages of Lyme disease?

What are the stages of Lyme disease?

Different stages: You can have the rash called erythema chronicum migrans after the tick bite. This is the intiial acute infection and characteristic rash If it is not detected then it can incubate in your body and cause later sequela such as arthritis adn other systems can be invovled. There are blood tests that can be done to help clarify the diagnosis. Your physician can test for Borrelia Burgdoreri. ...Read more

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Lyme disease: how can this be cured?

Lyme disease: how can this be cured?

Controversial: Most doctors believe that lyme disease can be cured by antibiotics. There are some who think that lyme can evolve into a chronic state, but this is controversial. Most treatments advertised for "chronic lyme disease" have little if any evidence to back them up. ...Read more

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