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Lyme Disease Bacterial Infections
What does it mean if your body develops antibodies to Lyme disease And blood work shows my body fighting infection ??
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
Does lyme disease and Co infections increase the risk of blood clots? And if so by how much? I take 3000 mg fishoil a day would that prevent issues?
Definitely not: Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses should not increase the risk for blood clots. See a hematologist if you suffer from clots. There are things that CAN be done - like no smoking, avoiding birth control pills (estrogens), avoiding long stationary periods (sitting on a plane), avoiding injury to legs/veins, etc. Fish oil is a supplement - probably won't help this situation at all. See an MD ...Read more
My wife has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infection of black mold. How can I find a doctor that can fully treat these issues?
Are rheumatologists familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and its co-infections? If not, who treats these tick-borne infections?
Infectious Diseases: Certainly a rheumatologist can treat lyme, but in complex situations, not only can a board certified infectious disease specialist an treat lyme, they can order appropriate tests to diagnose and then treat co-infections such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and erlichiosis. In addition, they may be able to determine if the illness you is due to something other than a tick-borne illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Partly geography,,,: Though one may be bitten by a tick, it may not transmit lyme, depending on where you are and how long the tick has been feeding(ie. Ticks that carry lyme aren't found in az; in ca, the tick ixodes pacifica does carry it). However, as dr. Baker describes, there are many more other infections one can get from ticks, with a single feeding resulting in the presence of more than 2 or 3 types of bugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What makes it unknown if chronic Lyme disease is real or not? I just tested positive for past infection and have gone unbelievably downhill since bite
Need more info: "chronic" lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because isolation of the organism has not been effected and the serologic tests used can be misinterpreted. Many doctors feel that these symptoms are the result of some immune process, but the details have been resistant to definitive diagnosis or understanding. To know what you have you need to see a doctor, preferably id. ...Read more
What is the treatment for lyme disease and how long is the full treatment for a chronic infection ? Can it be transmitted through sexual intercourse ?
How and no: An antibiotic Rx for about 2 weeks would be enough in its early phase. The effectiveness for chronic infection is much less certain regardless of the duration of treatment. No you cannot contract this from sexual intercourse unless your lover happens to be a particular kind of tick. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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