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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 more
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 more
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 more
Any doctors in Saint Louis who are expierenced in treating patients with Lyme disease or chronic lyme?
Tested positive for 3 IgG bands (41, 58, 66) in March. Tested again in Dec and a 4th reactive band appeared (45). Could I have chronic lyme disease?
Possible: You need to discusswith your physician - this may say you have been exposed but that enough is not able to make a diagnosis of chronic lyme disese. ...Read more
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
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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.
JP Saleeby, MD ...Read more
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.
JP Saleeby, MD ...Read more
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 more
Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?
Reappear many years:
Early symptoms of lyme may be a rash
followed by arthralgias then joint problems and eventually CNS symptoms of headaches and cardiac involvement. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
No and no: Lyme is spread to humans by tick bites. ...Read more
Similar symptoms: Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome can have very similar symptoms. By definition, if one has chronic fatigue syndrome other causes of fatigue like lyme disease have been ruled out, so if one has lyme disease, by definition they do no have cfs. However, it is likely that many people who have been diagnosed with cfs actually have undiagnosed lyme disease. See comment for more:. ...Read more
Get tested: Set up an appointment with your doctor, to review your travel and exposure risks, and to get tested for lyme if need be (using an approved method). Other tests will need to be done, to rule out other causes of profound fatigue such as hypothyroidism, ebv/cmv/tb infection, autoimmune disorder. Hhv-6 infection, vitamin d deficiency, and psychiatric disorder. ...Read more
Get tested: Depending on epidemiological factors (geography, time of year, activities), a physician knowledgeable in lyme disease (i.e. An infectious diseases specialist) can order an fda approved two-stage test to assess lyme disease, and to interpret the test results based on sound science. Keep in mind that chronic fatigue syndrome also encompasses several aspects of a post-lyme syndrome. ...Read more
Not traditionally: The term "chronic Lyme disease" refers to the symptoms of continued headache, joint pains, fatigue, and sometimes cognitive difficulties that can continue to occur for months after the initial infection and antibiotic course. Gastrointestinal involvement as with the liver and gallbladder suggest another diagnosis. ...Read more
Not particularly: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom and geographic tongue could be one of them, but I have not found geographic tongue to be common in patients with lyme. Common causes of geographic tongue include celiac disease & other food allergies, environmental allergies, vit B12 & zinc deficiencies, hormonal imbalances & imbalances of flora. Of course many people with chronic lyme may also have those issues. ...Read more
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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