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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


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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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If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?

If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?

Not a clue: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.You provide no info beyond a negative test result.No history, no exam findings,no initial problem. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete,We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in june of 2012. I had an antibiotic treatment and now I've noticed arthritic symptoms. Can i still have the disease?

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in june of 2012. I had an antibiotic treatment and now I've noticed arthritic symptoms. Can i still have the disease?

Lyme disease: It is possible that you are still infected or have been reinfected. Certainly, post=lyme joint-pain is not unknown. Even after the infection is controlled, there are sometimes sequallae that remain. You may need to see an infectious disease specialist, who is the expert in detecting and then treating some of the more difficult maladies. ...Read more

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I had Lyme disease in 2011 and it was treated with antibiotics Could Lyme symptoms persist years later? I still feel fatigued with muscle aches.

I had Lyme disease in 2011 and it was treated with antibiotics Could Lyme symptoms persist years later?  I still feel fatigued with muscle aches.

Yes it can: Because the organism causing Lyme is a spirochete, it does not really respond completely to antibiotics and some may have survived. Get several blood tests to,check,for,Luke titters. Make an appt with infectious disease doctor today to check this out and get your immune system checked as well. ...Read more

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What are the antibiotics for Lyme disease?

What are the antibiotics for Lyme disease?

Several options: In adults, Doxycycline is the most common drug used to treat early lyme disease, though there are other options. Ceftriaxone is the most common drug used to treat later stages. ...Read more

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If caught early can antibiotics successfully treat Lyme disease?

YES: Antibiotics are highly successful in treating early lyme disease; the earlier treatment begins after infection the better. However, many doctors give inadequate treatment, such as Doxycycline 100 mg 2x/day for 10 days. Ilads, the professional organization of lyme specialists, advises Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day x 1 month (or similar). See http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_disease/treatment_guidelines.Html. ...Read more

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Once you have Lyme disease do you always have it or will it go away fully with antibiotics?

Lyme Disease: Very difficult to answer. At least 3 weeks of antibiotics are recommended but there can be variable responses to treatment. Some people are treated and have no lingering symptoms, others can have many. ...Read more

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My son got Lyme disease over the summer. He took antibiotics and now hes starting to get sick again, How is that possible?

Depends on diagnosis: The sickness he has now may be because the Lyme disease was not completely treated or it may not be due to Lyme Disease. You need to discuss this possibility with your physicians and ask then to have him see an infectious disease specialist ...Read more

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Is there anything else i could be doing to treat my late Lyme disease other than just taking the antibiotics? No noticeable improvement after 2 weeks

Is there anything else i could be doing to treat my late Lyme disease other than just taking the antibiotics? No noticeable  improvement after 2 weeks

May take longer: Late lyme, disseminated throughout the body and often in cns, takes longer treatment to resolve. Several months. Also many docs will use more than one antibiotic, to get the different forms of the lyme bacteria, like the spirochete, the cell wall deficient form and the cyst form. Supplements that improve immune system function also speed up recovery. ...Read more

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I am prescribed several antibiotics at once to help control Lyme disease. I feel completely stoned! I don't drink or smoke or take anything else. Help?

Not normal Treatment: Standard therapy is doxycycline and if this doesn't work , or for advanced disease rocrphin. Taking several antibiotics is unusual. Make sure you are seeing someone with experience in Lyme disease and the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Heartburn from antibiotics and Lyme disease. Any remedies for this?

Eat after meds: I'm assuming that you're probably taking doxycycline, since it's the usual first choice antibiotic for lyme disease. Doxy capsules can irritate the esophagus if they get stuck on the way down. To prevent this, eat bread or another bland solid food (not milk or dairy) right after taking doxy to push the pills down. If you've already irritated your esophagus you may need to see your doc to get meds. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more