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Is it okay to take a break from amoxicillin for Lyme disease? The stomach pain is really bothering me.

Is it okay to take a break from amoxicillin for Lyme disease? The stomach pain is really bothering me.

Consult prescriber: If not already tried then try taking Amoxicillin with food to reduce stomach irritation. If no relief your doctor can review your condition, medication & adverse effects & determine if an alternative is appropriate. You should not have to suffer with stomach pain. Another med may be just as good without adverse effect. ...Read more

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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


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I have red itchy spots randomly all over my legs, stomach & chest. They itch horribly. I do have Lyme disease could it be related or other causes?!

I have red itchy spots randomly all over my legs, stomach & chest. They itch horribly. I do have Lyme disease could it be related or other causes?!

Not sure of the: Context. Lyme disease is an infection. It can have a rash and would need treatment. Mostly people mean "I think I might have had lyme disease sometime in the past". And the organism would certainly be entirely gone with treatment. While one can have an injury from it, it is less likely to have rash from treated lyme than treated gunshot wound.
THen, inflammations, infections, circulatory issues. . ...Read more

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46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?

46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?

Autoimmune: Post-infectious sequelae can cause a variety of syndromes and symptoms, largely of the autoimmune etiology. CIDP is a possibility. Do you have reflexes? CIDP can be diagnosed with EMG/NCS. Did you have that? There are panels of antibodies associated with not only CIDP but also autoimmune dysautonomia, which is another consideration. Were these panels sent? Mayo has comprehensive panels. For dysautonomia testing, I would recommend tilt table and skin biopsy for small fiber neuropathy. Other considerations include myopathies, which can be metabolic or mitochondrial, and I would recommend EMG as well as possible muscle biopsy. ...Read more

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What kind of urinary problems are caused by Lyme disease?

What kind of urinary problems are caused by Lyme disease?

See below: The lyme spirochete can infect the bladder and cause frequent urination, pain on urination, even blood and protein in the urine. The typical urinalysis may show blood or protein in the urine and the culture will not grow out the spirochete infection. ...Read more

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Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Yes: Yes. Lyme carditis effecting heart conduction system causing bradycardia to complete heart block and need permanent pace maker. Please see cardiologist in your area. Good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms of long standing Lyme disease have been dealing with for years inflammed jointed skin problems etc etc live in P.A by woods been tested neg.

Symptoms of long standing Lyme disease have been dealing with for years inflammed jointed skin problems etc etc live in P.A by woods been tested neg.

What is the question: I don't see a question here. Also I don't see any information about treatment for Lyme, were you given antibiotics. Lyme disease can manifest with acute and chronic signs and symptoms, you should be treated either by an ID specialist or your primary doctor if its comfortable. Blood work testing for lyme can be confusing but sure helps for accurate diagnosis, make sure they test for others. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago and took antibiotics. No problems since. My question is do the symptoms ever return? And if so what should be done?

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease a year ago and took antibiotics. No problems since. My question is do the symptoms ever return? And if so what should be done?

Unlikely: If you were treated early in the course of the illness and the therapy was successful the chances of your having long-term problems is almost non-existent. ...Read more

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How do they test for Lyme disease? I have sjogrens and fibro and positive ana. Lyme disease sounds a lot like this. I have nuro logical problems too.

How do they test for Lyme disease? I have sjogrens and fibro and positive ana. Lyme disease sounds a lot like this. I have nuro logical problems too.

ELISA and: Western blot test.
Elisa is the test that used to detect lyme disease. To support the diagnosis and eliminate the false-positives results western blot test is recommended. ...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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How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

Let me help: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. ...Read more

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Does lyme disease go away?

Does lyme disease go away?

Not if untreated.: Untreated Lyme disease can progress to have cardiac (heart) and neurologic (brain and nerves) complications. If left untreated too long some damage can be permanent. Lyme disease can be treated with common antibiotics. If you have symptoms, like a bullseye rash, joint pains, fevers, or headache, and have a reasonable chance of exposure, please see a doctor for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease live for ever?

Can Lyme disease live for ever?

Not sure of question: Do you mean to ask if lyme would continue indefinitely if not treated? Te answer to that is yes, though the typical course for lyme disease is one where symptoms can tend to come & go, get worse, then better. ...Read more

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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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How to deal with Lyme disease as a teen?

It depends: It depends what specific manifestation of lyme disease you mean and what therapies were used to treat it. ...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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Where can I get checked for Lyme disease?

See detail: Any doctor, clinic or urgent care center can order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is Lyme disease tested?

Blood test.: Simple blood test are very helpful. If the screening test is positive then another blood test, the western blot, is done to confirm. ...Read more

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I've had Lyme disease. Can I get it again?

Yes: Depends on your immune system's response. If the tick bite you again, possibility you will get it again. ...Read more

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How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease can be detected by blood by testing the igm level. However lyme disease can turn into complicated chronic problem affecting many systems of the body. It can be treated with antibiotics. Treatments varies depend on when it was discovered and how it had spread. Consult your doctor if you have concern for contacting the disease. Early treatment and proper prevention is important. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease return after being treated?

Yes-if Rx incomplete: Lyme disease may return if the treatment was insufficient. In the early phase, within weeks to a few months of a first tick bite, then a course of oral antibiotics should cure the problem. If the lyme disease is first diagnosed with systemic problems such as arthritis or neuropathy, then treament takes much longer, and incomplete treatment can be followed by a recurrence of symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of Lyme disease?

See below: Red, expanding rash called erythema migrans (EM)
Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Bell's Palsy or facial paralysis, neck stiffness, Heart palpitations and dizziness, Late stage Lyme has bouts of arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling ...Read more

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How doyou feel in early stages of Lyme disease?

How doyou feel in early stages of Lyme disease?

Not well: Lyme disease presents early with a classic rash which is an expanding circle of redness clearing in the center. There may be fever, chills, malaise, headache, stiff neck, and involvement of joints (arthritis), the heart, and the nervous system may all follow. It is due to a spiral bacteria transmitted by deer ticks (borellia burgdorfii), and should be treated aggressively to prevent long illness. ...Read more

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Are there any at home remedies for Lyme disease?

No: See a doctor if you think yopu may have lyme dsease and do not try to treat it yourself, at home. ...Read more

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Lyme disease testing and diagnoses - is it very accurate?

No: Lyme testing is notoriously inaccurate. The western blot is not great. I like the ispot lyme test better. ...Read more

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What part of the nervousesystem is affected by Lyme disease?

Numerous parts: Peripheral nerves and different parts of the brain can be involved. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have Lyme disease and not have clear symptoms?

Yes: Many patient could have the initial signs and symptoms of lime disease and they are not diagnosed at that time for multiple reasons, related to the severity, lack of evaluation, misinterpretation of the symptoms, lack of though about the occurrence of the disease. ...Read more

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