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Swollen Big Toe From Lyme Disease
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
Last year I was hiking and was bit multiple times by horseflies. 1 bite swelled very large on my foot and another had a "bullseye" looking rash. I've had many health issues since then that seem lyme disease related. Who can I contact to get tested?
Your Family Doctor: You should consult your family doctor. If you don't have one,then go to a clinic. Horse flies bite will not cause Lyme Didease. But you can be checked by physical exam and blood test ...Read more
Does pheriferal neuropathy caused by Lyme disease go away by itself after healing lyme? My left foot is burning...I can't get no sleep because of it
See a neurologist: This is one situation in which i would urge a 2nd opinion with a neurologist if you have not already seen one. If the neuropathy is related to lyme disease (and imo that is a large "if") the injury to the nerves heals very slowly. A neurologist would rule out other causes and offer you meds which are often very helpful in minimizing the symptoms. ...Read more
Could knee, foot, calf, and leg pain be caused my Lyme disease or mono or ra? What types of tests should I have? I do have a back history
Cannot diagnose: You need to be thoroughly evaluated and to communicate effectively with the doctor(s) seeing you. This cannot be done long distance over the internet. Make a detailed list of all your symptoms, the sequence in which they occur and their relationships with each other and take this with all you prior medical records to either a rheumatologist or an infectious diseases doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
I am experiencing tick bite and bruising. The following also describes me: Painful swollen joints. What should I do? The bruising is next to the bite but not a surrounding and not the bullseye that is commonly seen with lyme disease
How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?
Let me help: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. ...Read more
Should lymes disease symptoms go away? I had it for 2 years and was treated but now my lymph nodes are swollen and my headaches came back
I began taking Doxycylin one week ago for possible Lymes disease, and have been experiencing bloating, mild tenderness in my abdomen, and swollen feet?
It depends: Occasionally symptoms of lyme disease could mimic those of a medication reaction or allergy, contact dermatitis or other non-infectious problem like clinical depression. Generally a physician who specializes in infectious diseases would be required in order to distinguish lyme disease from these other disorders. Also, late stages of lyme disease need to be distinguished from earlier stages of lyme. ...Read more
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 & possibly sexually. It can cause many symptoms. See comment:. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the symptoms you have. Remember one thing: long term antibiotic use has no benefit and significant risk. ...Read more
Unlikely: If it is causing symtoms it is unlikley to clear without medication. Get treatment immediately. This disease has many long term complications. ...Read more
What is being done with Lyme disease? I am making a website to aware people of Lyme disease and need to know what is being done with Lyme disease.
There is a lot of heated controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of lyme disease. Two organizations, the infectious disease society of america and the international lyme and associated diseases society have published treatment guidelines that are quite different in their view of this illness. Ilads supports the validity of chronic lyme disease as a real and common occurred that should be treated with antibiotics and supportive therapies until symptoms resolve, and that other tick born infections should be considered and tested for in the patient who does not recover with adequate treatment of the lyme infection. Idsa does not acknowledge the existence of chronic lyme disease and proposes a treatment of 3-4 weeks with doxycycline. If the patient continues to have symptoms following this treatment, ongoing antibiotics are not recommended and the symptoms are attributed to a newly proposed "syndrome" called "post lyme disease syndrome" which is basically a psychosomatic or inflammatory response and should be treated with antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs or pain medications, but not antibiotics. www.ilads.org can give you more information on this from the perspective of treating chronic lyme disease and this website will give you the idsa perspective: www.Idsociety.Org/lyme/ some good patient and family oriented information can be found at www.Lymedisease.Org. Good luck with your endeavor.
Dr. Tedde rinker
los altos, ca. ...Read more
Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more
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
Lyme disease can cause virtually any symptom including many neuropsychiatric symptoms. See http://www.lymeinfo.net/neuropsych.html
However, many with Lyme have co-infections with Bartonella which even more commonly makes people feel crazy and on edge.
It is important to find a doctor knowledgeable in treating Lyme & co-infections with a holistic approach, as antibiotics seldom help chronic Lyme. ...Read more
A little tick: Do on-line and see what a tick looks like. ...Read more
Many issues: It takes longer to treat if you had the infection for a long time (a year or more) before starting treatment. Sometimes many months to 1-2 years. If you have multiple tick borne infections like babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma, various viruses, then treatment is extended to address these other infections, which need different drugs than what we use for lyme. ...Read more