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Stages Of Lyme Disease In Humans
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
No: The only vaccine that was available was withdrawn from the market years ago. ...Read more
Time since infection: Stage 1, early localized, occurs 1-4 weeks after infection with rash around bite, headache, fatigue, muscle/joint pains & fever. Then comes early disseminated for 1-4 months with similar symptoms but the heart & nervous system can be affected.Then late persistent which often has arthritis & more neurologic symptoms.The earlier treated the better.See http://arthritis.Webmd.Com/tc/lyme-disease-symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not well: Lyme disease presents early with a classic rash which is an expanding circle of redness clearing in the center. There may be fever, chills, malaise, headache, stiff neck, and involvement of joints (arthritis), the heart, and the nervous system may all follow. It is due to a spiral bacteria transmitted by deer ticks (borellia burgdorfii), and should be treated aggressively to prevent long illness. ...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
Usually not needed: Lyme disease does not require a spinal tap to diagnose. There are blood tests that can be helpful but the history of a tick bite, rash, fever, headaches, joint aches or arthritis is helpful. However, most people with lyme do not have a known history of a tick bite. You do live in an area where lyme is common (nj). Go to www.Cdc.Gov/lyme for more reliable information. Avoid misdiagnosis. ...Read more
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
How can I over come late stage Lyme disease..it has already hit my neurological system and damaged my nerves.
With help of good Dr: Treating late stage Lyme is very complex and challenging. Many docs feel long courses of IV antibiotics are needed but I find it responds better to using herbs, supplements, homeopathy & judicious use of antibiotics. Treating co-infections like Bartonella is essential. You need the help of a good doc who specializes in this. Listen to http://betterhealthguy.com/dr-randy-baker-talk and see comment: ...Read more
I have been exposed to Lyme disease and treated (first stage) is it possible for me to get a natural immunity that can be measured by a lab?
Yes: Even if treated you may still develop antibodies detectable by a blood test. However, sometimes treatment blunts that response and the test is negative. ...Read more
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