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I have a round bruise on my back that wont go away with a dot in the center could this be a sign of Lyme ?

I have a round bruise on my back that wont go away with a dot in the center could this be a sign of Lyme ?

Could be: It could be but it could also be a fixed drug eruption. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

How can I tell if I have just a bruise or if it is Lyme disease?

See details: I assume you know what a bruise looks like. If it looks like a bruise, it is likely to be a bruise. The lyme rash often has a bulls-eye appearance. ...Read more

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I have had a large (3" diameter) itchy purple bruise develop around a tick bite within 24 hours. Should I be worried about Lyme?

I have had a large (3" diameter) itchy purple bruise develop around a tick bite within 24 hours. Should I be worried about Lyme?

No,you are having an: allergic reaction to the ticks saliva. Put hydrocortisone cream on it. It should get better in next few days. If it does not,see your Dr. If the tick was not attached for 24 hrs, little chance of lyme disease. ...Read more

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I have a bullseye bruise on my arm. The center is not bruised, but is raised slightly. it does not look red like the lyme disease pics look.

I have a bullseye bruise on my arm. The center is not bruised, but is raised slightly. it does not look red like the lyme disease pics look.

Likely not Lyme but: The most likely explanation is that this is just a bruise, unless you've been hiking in deer tic infested forests recently. I would discuss with your primary doctor who can test you for Lyme if he/she thinks it is possible. ...Read more

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What's the best way to tell a doc I've had symptoms of Lyme,hernia,Celiac,heart,tongue,ear,neck,finger,fog,torso,tick bumps/bruising, problems?

What's the best way to tell a doc I've had symptoms of Lyme,hernia,Celiac,heart,tongue,ear,neck,finger,fog,torso,tick bumps/bruising, problems?

Write it down: You can prepare for a visit by writing down any symptom or set of symptoms/findings in an organized way.Include when they started, any things that you think alter the intensity,anything you have done that helped. Make up a comprehensive list, review it to make sure you have it all. Have a trusted friend readmit to see if it is clear and concise.Hand it to the nurse or tech before the visit. ...Read more

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Diagnosis help: for 6 wks I had sore, dull ache in my neck and along my spine. Also I have numbness and pain on sole of left ft. Lyme titers were neg.

Diagnosis help: for 6 wks I had sore, dull ache in my neck and along my spine. Also I have numbness and pain on sole of left ft. Lyme titers were neg.

Need evaluation: You need to see your physician to clarify the involvement. I doubt Lyme but think more of a type of neurological involvement ...Read more

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Numbness/ pain in sole of left foot along with soreness along back of neck and spine for 6 wks. Stool has also been very loose. Lyme titers were neg.

Numbness/ pain in sole of left foot along with soreness along back of neck and spine for 6 wks. Stool has also been very loose. Lyme titers were neg.

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. We need age, country or state, and gender. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you, too! ...Read more

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I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.

Tick borne illnesses: include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply inflammation; an expanding, red area of tenderness can be cellulitis (a skin infection, often caused by staph bacteria). If it is worsening or you develop a fever, please seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My test came back with IGM 23 band Present and Abnormal. My DR. says I don't have Lyme. That it is an old Lyme. But I feel like I'm dying everyday.

Not unusual: Whether or not your Lyme disease was treated early or late in is common to have significant late manifestations, commonly musculoskeletal pain. You can feel like you have the worst viral infection ever. You should consult with your family physician and possibly get a referral to an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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What is the best Lyme disease test? I've had the basic blood test done, came back negative, but is there a more thorough test to rule it out?

What is the best Lyme disease test? I've had the  basic blood test done, came back negative, but is there a more thorough test to rule it out?

Thorough WesternBlot: The screen many doctors use, the elisa, only detects about half of those with lyme. A much more sensitive and specific test is the western blot, but i strongly advise doing this through ignenex in palo alto, a specialty lab, as the test offered by most other labs does not include tests for antibodies to the 31 & 34 kda antigens, which are the most specific antigens for lyme! please see my comment. ...Read more

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Can back pain be from Lyme disease?

Can back pain be from Lyme disease?

Yes: The signs and symptoms of lyme disease vary and usually affect more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often. ...Read more

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Can you have Lyme disease if the blood test comes back negative?

No: Others may argue this point but i firmly believe a positive lyme screen and western blot is essential for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Had a lymes test weeks ago, now been called back to give more blood for another test, why would that be? Thought 2 tier testing was done with 1 sample

Had a lymes test weeks ago, now been called back to give more blood for another test, why would that be? Thought 2 tier testing was done with 1 sample

Hard to say: Sometimes the initial specimen is mislabeled or contaminated and they must start over. It may also have been submitted for the wrong test and the error became evident.Whatever the reason, I would not overthink it. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get an RNA blood result back for Lyme antibody?

How long does it take to get an RNA blood result back for Lyme antibody?

within week: The test can be performed rapidly, with results within a day of the lab receiving it. Reporting is another matter. ...Read more