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Lyme Disease Chronic Dry Cough
Many issues: It takes longer to treat if you had the infection for a long time (a year or more) before starting treatment. Sometimes many months to 1-2 years. If you have multiple tick borne infections like babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma, various viruses, then treatment is extended to address these other infections, which need different drugs than what we use for lyme. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Real & controversial: There is a huge divide here. Most infectious disease specialists believe chronic lyme doesn't exist while ilads, a group of docs who specialize in lyme, strongly believes in it. I have many patients suffering from chronic lyme.See http://www.Hindawi.Com/journals/ipid/2010/876450/ and http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_research/chronic_lyme.Html and http://columbia-lyme.Org/patients/ld_chronic.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes there are: I can't possibly cover all the alterativs that help. I'll assume you mean in addition to antibiotics which you are taking. Support adrenal system with adaptogens like eleuthero senticosis, panax ginseng, rhodiols rosea, holy basil. These help rebalance andrenals, support immune system and restore energy. Drink lots of water w/lemon juice, eat organic fruits & veggies. Check out your thyroid too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any doctors in Saint Louis who are expierenced in treating patients with Lyme disease or chronic lyme?
I have chronic Lyme disease have been treated for 4 years finally starting to feel better and now only on abx every two weeks why are so many doctors ?
In California?: Where did you get lyme? Not much in the west. I am glad you are better but many id physicians do not believe that there is a chronic lyme borelliosis. ...Read more
Treats Babesia not L: Atovaquone (mepron) is not effective for treating borrelia, the lyme bacteria. However, up to 70% of those with chronic lyme have babesiosis, a co-infection, and Atovaquone is the "drug of choice" for this. Successful treatment of chronic lyme requires treating co-infections like babesia & bartonella. There are natural alternatives to Atovaquone but that drug is relatively safe & effective. ...Read more
CLD and Tx: For more on Lyme Disease (acute and chronic) read Dr. Richard L. Horowitz's book "Why I Can't Get Better." He dose a great job explaining the symptoms, diagnostic test short comings and several therapy regimens. My practice focuses on Lyme and associated diseases and its effect on normal body function. It is also called the great masquerader, as it has many many symptoms. Best, JP Saleeby, MD ...Read more
Many symptoms: For more on Lyme Disease (acute and chronic) read Dr. Richard L. Horowitz's book "Why I Can't Get Better." He does a great job explaining the symptoms, diagnostic test short comings and several therapy regimens. My practice focuses on Lyme and associated diseases and its effect on normal body function. Lyme is the great masquerader, as it has many many symptoms. Best, JP Saleeby, MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: If a person receives proper treatment within several days of contracting lyme disease a person almost always has a complete recovery. However, if it is not treated until someone has had it for weeks or months then it often becomes a chronic disease that can be difficult to fully eradicate even with intensive treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?
Mepron (atovaquone): This is the brand name for atovaquone, an antiparasitic drug used occasionally in patients with tick borne illnesses when coinfection with babesia microti may be present and Azithromycin is used in combination. Not aware that Atovaquone is active against borellia burgdorfi, but if you go on line you can find testaments to its efficacy for almost anything. Be skeptical. ...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
Could chronic (2 or more years) Lyme disease be the cause of my continous migraine-like headaches of over a year?
Yes, it could: Lyme disease effects human body with prominent neurological involvement. The patient may manifest the following flu-like symptoms with joints pain, muscles pain, fatigue, headache, stiff neck, sore throat, fever, chills and enlarged lymph nodes. Headache is the most common symptom (in 50%) and can transform in chronic daily headache. See orofacial pain specialist near you for headache management. ...Read more
Is there a link between dissociative identity disorder and acute chronic Lyme disease? Can a person have both & can did be misdiagnosed?
Thoughts on safety and efficacy of major autohemotherapy for chronic lyme disease. This treatment has been recommended along with silver iv.
Very promising but..: Major autohemotherapy using ozone is a cutting-edge treatment which is more widely used in Europe but a growing # of innovative docs in the US are offering it. I'm not aware of research on it for Lyme but there are studies showing it to be safe and effective for macular degeneration, Hep C, eczema and other conditions and many case reports of success in chronic Lyme. See http://tinyurl.com/z5jrlnq ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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