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Lyme Disease Lung Nodules
Would there have to be bulleyes mark on body for Lyme disease? Been experiencing chest pain/Sleep disturbances. Heart Tests were norm. Not Lyme Carditis?
Not always a rash: The classic bullseye rash is not necessary to diagnoses lyme's. If you live in an area with many deer ticks and there is a possibility that one was on your body for more than 24-36 hours, it would be beneficial to go in to clinic to discuss blood testing for lyme's disease. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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?!
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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
I recently got diagnosed with late Lyme disease. Could my shortness of breath, lightheadedness, chest pain, and rapid heart beat be related to this?
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
Different stages: You can have the rash called erythema chronicum migrans after the tick bite. This is the intiial acute infection and characteristic rash If it is not detected then it can incubate in your body and cause later sequela such as arthritis adn other systems can be invovled. There are blood tests that can be done to help clarify the diagnosis. Your physician can test for Borrelia Burgdoreri. ...Read more
Pain, fatigue and...: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom, but classically starts with rash & mild flu-like symptoms, then joint pains (often 1st in knees) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory/concentration/word finding & blurred vision. Neurological sxs can mimic MS & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs. ...Read more
A few choices.: You should start with your primary care doctor. They would be best to diagnose it if you haven't had it diagnosed yet, because if it's not lyme disease they will also help you determine what it is that's ailing you. If you've already been diagnosed then you can be treated by your primary doctor or an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on the chances of getting bitten by a deer tick, which in turn depends on where you live, whether you're spending much time outdoors in places with ticks, and what you're doing and wearing while you're there. ...Read more
An infection: Lyme disease is a rickettsial infection caused by a tick bite that spreads the Lyme organism into the human host. It's most common features include skin joint and nerve involvement. Cardigan involvement with irregular rhythm can also occur. This could potentially be life threatening ...Read more
Lyme disease: In early stage, there is wide-spread itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle pain, feeling weak, neck stiffness. Later, there is weakness in muscles of face, pain & swelling in joints, heart symptoms. Later in advanced stage there is weakness, numbness, speech problems, & abnormal muscle movements. ...Read more
Bulls eye rash: One of the earliest signs that lyme disease has been contracted is a rash that has clearing in the center, or appears as a ring. In this case getting treatment quickly should result in a shorter course of treatment. Symptoms of chronic lyme are: fatigue, insomnia, headaches, confusion or brain fog, joint pain & stiffness, tingling & numbness, weakness and many more symptoms that tend to come & go. ...Read more
Lymes Disease: There is the classic bulls eye or target lesion rash that is the earliest sign but is often missed. Otherwise there are other laboratory evaluations that can be done to determine if an acute lyme infection is active. ...Read more
Many effects: Lyme disease is often called the great imitator, as it can imitate most any disease. Borrelia bacteria can infect the nervous system and thus cause anxiety, depression and even psychosis.Even if it does not infect the brain, the fatigue & pain of lyme can cause great emotional distress & many lyme patients feel isolated & unsupported. See www. Lymeinfo. Net/neuropsych. Html for much more information. ...Read more
Depends: Lyme disease is easily treatable once it is diagnosed, which is sometimes difficult given current testing. Early Lyme is treated with doxycycline for 14-21 days. Disseminated Lyme (meningitis, carditis, Bell's Palsy) is treated 21-28 days and Lyme arthritis, a single swollen joint, is treated 28 days. Later Lyme is either treated with doxycycline or, in more severe cases, IV ceftriaxone. ...Read more
Antibioitics and...: For early lyme disease antibiotics usually result in a total cure. For longstanding lyme disease antibiotics are the standard recommendation but are not always effective. Many with chronic lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella & it is essential to treat those as well. Often herbs, nutrients, homeopathy & other natural therapies are essential to successfully treat chronic lyme disease. ...Read more
Deer ticks & maybe..: The most common carriers of borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes lyme disease, are deer ticks (ixodes scapularis) and their cousin ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick). There is evidence lone star ticks may transmit it. Other ixodes species may carry it too, as may dog ticks and rocky mountain wood ticks. See http://www. Canlyme. Com/ticks. Html for more info on this. ...Read more
Establish diagnosis: Your question is what to do if you have HIV versus another sexually transmitted infection versus lyme disease. The first thing to do is to determine if you have any disease and which one. Visit with a doc / other provider / clinic and have an exam and appropriate testing. Once you know if you have a specific disease and what that is, then you can have appropriate therapy. Be well. ...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
Yes: Lyme disease is known to infect every organ and can cause virtually every symptom known to man. It is not unusual for lyme to cause costochondritis, inflammation of the joints between the ribs and sternum (breastbone), causing pain in the chest with deep breaths. Lyme disease can also cause pleurisy, inflammation of the lining of the lungs, which causes pain in the rib region with deep breathing. ...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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