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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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


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For what length of time do the symptoms of Lyme disease last?

For what length of time do the symptoms of Lyme disease last?

1-2 weeks: It depends on the symptoms. If it is primary disease and the flu-like symptoms, they last about 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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I would like to know the length or time frames for the various stages of Lyme disease, from one's "innoculation", to late stage. Thankyou.?

I would like to know the length or time frames for the various stages of Lyme disease, from  one's "innoculation", to late stage. Thankyou.?

Highly variable: Acute lyme symptoms can occur 3-30 days after innoculation and are generally non-specific flu-like symptoms, with a rash 70% of the time. This lasts a few days to a few weeks. "late stage" symptoms can appear within weeks of infection but in some cases don't appear for years. A healthy immune system may keep lyme at bay until another stressor occurs. See my comment for more info & links. ...Read more

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What does one do if they got treatment for Lyme disease, but still getting same sympthoms and test now coming up negative? Test was wrong 2x last time

What does one do if they got treatment for Lyme disease, but still getting same sympthoms and test now coming up negative? Test was wrong 2x last time

Lyme dz: These may not be Lyme symptoms. Check with doc. Alternatively, Lyme produces immune responses that linger, become chronic. Joints and other tissues can be affected. Requires careful interpretation by doc who sees you frequently. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for Lyme disease to weaken your immune system?

How much time does it take for Lyme disease to weaken your immune system?

Not an issue: Lyme disease doesn't weaken the immune system or cause opportunistic infection. The rash of lyme disease (erythema migrans) may begin a week after a tic bite. Other features of the disease may occur weeks, months, or even years after the initial infection. ...Read more

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What is a reasonable treatment time frame late diagnosed, acute Lyme disease?

Hard to say: It really depends on whether you have any coinfections, and your general physical health (metal toxicity, poor detox capacity and food allergies, adrenal fatigue and low thyroid can all make treatment more difficult) expect treatment to the point of being symptome free to take many weeks at least, many months at worst. ...Read more

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What are the chances that walking the dogs i will likely catch Lyme disease from deer tick in montauck, hamptons new york this time around?May thru au

What are the chances that walking the dogs i will likely catch Lyme disease from deer tick in montauck, hamptons new york this time around?May thru au

Risky: There are a lot of infected ticks in the hamptons. Dogs than run trough fields can collect ticks and pass them on to you. See my response on lyme prevention for ways to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a bug on my leg last June, took a long time ti heal and the scar is black and now I have vertigo, could it be Lyme disease?

I was bitten by a bug on my leg last June, took a long time ti heal and the scar is black and now I have vertigo, could it be Lyme disease?

Get tested: There is a simple blood test for Lyme antibodies, to remove any doubt. Ask your doctor about getting tested. ...Read more