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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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Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

YOU ARE NOT 15 MIN!: I agree that you should not assume the neck pain is Lyme spasms, and get to ER. We would like to propose that while Babesia can raise temps, Bartonella can be immunosuppressive-floats in blood--you do not die. A fever with Bartonella I would take seriously. My wise MD friend is right. If 3 infections--missed one? ER. As Fallon, MD Columbia recently posted-ticks are infection bus-over 1-3 bugs. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged thymus gland and am a 47 yr old female. I have been very sick with Lyme disease, emphysema, fibromyalgia. Should I go to the er.?

No: The chronic issues you face should be addressed by an internist who can look at all of your signs and symptoms through a wider-angle lens. An enlarged thymus, unless associated with myasthenic or obstructive symptoms, should not be worrisome. ...Read more

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Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Strange on and off blodoshot eyes with dizziness that isn't allergies. It won't go away. Lyme disease? Thyroid? Stress? Also unexplained weight loss.

Further evaluation: I would suggest a work up to include further evaluation of your asthma which is being treated with Advair. The evaluation will include a pulse oximetry test with and without exercise. These symptoms may be related to uncontrolled asthma. In addition, a TB test and CF screening test can be performed. A complete physical exam and history will determine other causes. ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology: When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

I have lyme disease and my d dimmers were extremely elevated?

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

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How do you get Lyme disease?

Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the LD germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more

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Do fleas cause Lyme disease?

Spirochete in fleas: The organism (borellia sp.) that causes lyme disease has been found in fleas and mosquitos but has not yet been found to contribute to transmission of lyme disease in humans this way. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease spread?

How does Lyme disease spread?

Tick borne: It is transmitted during prolonged blood feeding of the ixodes tick. ...Read more

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How does Lyme disease attack?

How does Lyme disease attack?

See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...Read more

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What does Lyme disease attack?

Many areas: If left untreated it can effect several areas including the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, skin, muscles and joints. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease cause diareha?

Does Lyme disease cause diareha?

Lyme diseasec: Yes it does cause diarrhea. Lyme disease affects gastro intestinal tract in many ways and diarrhea is one of the features of GI tract involvement. ...Read more

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Is nature source of Lyme disease?

Could say that: Nature is the source of most things. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted by ticks. Both bacteria and ticks are natural. ...Read more

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Could I be tested for Lyme disease?

Could I be tested for Lyme disease?

Find willing doctor: Of course you can but you need to find a doctor to order the test. There are many tests for lyme. I strongly advise getting the igg &igm western blot test from igneex. Many docs start with the lisa test that misses at least half who have it &other labs do incomplete western blot tests. See http://betterhealthguy. Com/lyme/testing. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have Lyme disease?

How can I tell if I have Lyme disease?

See Lyme-literate MD: Lyme disease is surprisingly common but can be hard to diagnose. Most md's aren't too knowledgeable about it & may do a screening test that misses over half the cases & say you don't have it. No test is definitive- it's ultimately a clinical diagnosis. It's best to see a "lyme-literate" doc-see www. Chroniclymedisease. Com/llmd-referrals for an overview: www. Lymediseaseresource. Com/burrguide2008.Pdf. ...Read more

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I tested positive for Lyme disease in 6?

Need more info: So what is your question? One needs to know your symptoms and which 6 bands were positive. It may or may not have any significance. ...Read more

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Can you define and describe Lyme disease?

Bacterial Infection: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through a type of tick. The bacteria can cause alot of things from a simple rash, to fevers, joint pain to more serious things such as meningitis and heart problems. If you think you were bitten by a tick or have lyme disease, please see your doctor. It's very easily treatable as long as you don't wait. ...Read more

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What is the cause of Lyme disease usually?

What is the cause of Lyme disease usually?

Borrelia bacteria: Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi. It is usually transmitted by deer ticks & the longer the tick is attached the greater the chance of infection. However, about half of those with lyme do not recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that stinging flies can transmit it & possibly spiders, mosquitoes etc. It may be sexually transmitted & passed to babies in utero. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I might have Lyme disease?

Go: Have a lyme eliza test, if positive they will do the western blot. ...Read more

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Lyme disease- what's increasing my symptoms?

Lyme disease- what's increasing my symptoms?

Many possibilities: Lyme is a complex illness. Many with lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella, as well as chronic sinusitis, intestinal parasites & candidiasis. Antibiotic treatment can increase symptoms by creating die-off (toxicity from killed bacteria) and imbalances of gastrointestinal flora, leading to food allergies. Like all illness, stress can also aggravate symptoms and having lyme is stressful! ...Read more

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Can you describe what lyme disease looks like?

Different types of: Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, is a multisystem illness caused by infection with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi.
There are different types of Lyme disease. Early it can be the rash in some people - called erythema chronicum migrans - which is circular. There are many clincial manifestations. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary by disease stage. Physical findings in patients with early disease are as follows:

Erythema migrans (EM) - Rash
Fever
Myalgias
Malaise
Arthralgia
Headache
Tender local adenopathy (local, not diffuse)
Physical findings in patients with early disseminated disease are as follows:

EM (single or multiple lesions)
Headache
Fever
Tender adenopathy (regional or generalized)
Conjunctivitis (uncommon, never prominent)
Carditis (usually manifests as heart block)
Meningismus as a sign of aseptic meningitis
Cranioneuropathy, especially cranial nerve VII and Bell palsy (peripheral seventh nerve palsy with decreased unilateral function, including the forehead) ...Read more

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Are there any symptoms of Lyme disease that last?

Are there any symptoms of Lyme disease that last?

All of them can last: Lyme disease is a chronic infection. It can affect any organ system in the body. It does not go away on its own, so symptoms will last your entire life, often progressively spreading and worsening, unless it is effectively treated. The longer it is present before starting treatment the longer it can take to treat effectively & some authorities feel it may be impossible to fully eradicate in some cases. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease for a child?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease for a child?

Please see below.: Early symptoms of lyme disease can include rash, flulike illness characterized by fever, chills, achy muscles or joints, headache, and malaise. In the area of the tick bite, lymph nodes can be enlarged and tender. Later, facial paralysis, meningitis, arthritis, and/or arrhythmias may develop. ...Read more

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What are the ways Lyme disease can be transmitted?

Deer ticks only: Deer tick bites only. No person to person transmission except a pregnant woman who is infected can transmit it through the placenta to the fetus. ...Read more

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What is Lyme disease and where does Lyme come from?

What is Lyme disease and where does Lyme come from?

Bacterial infection: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, half of those proven to have lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. It is proven that lyme can be transmitted by biting flies & possibly by mosquitoes, fleas, spiders etc. It can be transmitted in utero to babies & probably sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lyme disease?

Lyme: 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 diagnosis must be made. ...Read more

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Is this Lyme disease? I've had this mark for 3 weeks.

No picutre: There is no picture to look at.

If you are concerned about lyme disease, just look on the internet for an illustration of the "target rash" that appears with lyme disease. ...Read more

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There is Lyme disease for dogs. Is there one for humans?

No: I assume you meant to ask about a lyme vaccine. There is none available for humans. The only one was removed from the market years ago. ...Read more

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What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

See details: There are several and they basically involved 3 issues: neurologic (meningitis, brachial plexus and other neuropathies, muscle inflammation), cardiac (arrhythmias, pericarditis, myocarditis) and arthritis. ...Read more

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Could I test negative for Lyme disease but actually had it?

Only: If you recently been bitten by the tick, or where profoundly immunosuppressed. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Flu-like: Primary lyme disease presents with flu-like symptoms, low grade fevers, aches and pain and often the characteristic bulls-eye rash. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get Lyme disease from receiving a blowjob?

No: There has to be a tick involved. Maybe if you were getting the blow job in a connecticut forest. ...Read more

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Is there a Lyme disease test?

Is there a Lyme disease test?

Yes: There are blood and cerbrospinal fluid tests that can be done to aid in the diagnosis of lyme disease. They must be interpreted carefully by experienced clinicians. ...Read more

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Lyme disease life threatening?

Rarely: If properly diagnosed and treated, good results. If diagnosis of lyme is incorrect, there is damage from that inappropriate treatment and from not making the correct diagnosisl. ...Read more

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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more