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Doctor insights on: Short And Long Term Effects Of Lyme Disease

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What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

Highly variable: Some with untreated lyme disease have minimal or no symptoms- a healthy person with a strong immune system can co-exist with it. Others can have devastating symptoms: fatigue, muscle/joint pains ; neurological symptoms ranging from poor memory/concentration to symptoms that mimic ms or als. Those with genetic susceptibilities, co-infections, toxic exposures, stress etc. Will have worse symptoms. ...Read more

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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I was diagosed with lyme disease 9 years ago How can I live with long term lyme disease?

I was diagosed  with lyme disease 9 years ago  How can I live with long term lyme disease?

Treatment?: If you were treated 9 years ago, then you likely killed off most if not all of the bacteria and this will not affect you long term much at all. However, there are a small number of people who deal with long term after effects of the infection that can be difficult to treat. But I am not finding any studies that say this effects the length of your life. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

How long do the symptoms of Lyme disease last for?

Many factors : Depends on a lot of things. Untreated, lyme disease can spread to many organs over weeks & months, yet still not show symptoms. Or, a person could get very ill within days of the tick bite. Untreated, lyme disease does not go away by itself, even if the symptoms get better. Complete treatment is necessary, for weeks if just after tick bite, and months if treatment delayed. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

It depends: It depends of the stage of the disease and the specific area of the body affected. Primary disease will usually resolve in about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Lyme disease bullseye how long does it last?

Variable: While the length of time the bullseye may last it is usually fairly transient and is gone within 7-10 days at most. ...Read more

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How long can you have dormant Lyme disease for?

How long can you have dormant Lyme disease for?

Not really "dormant: Dormancy implies "doing nothing"- it doesn't reflect what is actually going on. The term "subclinical" or "undiagnosed" better describes its presence as it does damage to the body, without people realizing its presence in an infected individual. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and how long does it last?

Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and how long does it last?

Many sxs/until cured: 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 & vision. Neurological sxs can mimic ms & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus & other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs.It lasts life-long unless treated. ...Read more

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Please tell me the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, and how long can someone go without signs before they reappear?

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