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What are the symptoms and signs of Lyme disease?

What are the symptoms and signs of Lyme disease?

Lyme disease: In early stage, there is wide-spread itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle pain, feeling weak, neck stiffness. Later, there is weakness in muscles of face, pain & swelling in joints, heart symptoms. Later in advanced stage there is weakness, numbness, speech problems, & abnormal muscle movements. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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


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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

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What are the signs of Lyme disease?

What are the signs of Lyme disease?

Rash: Area of insect bite gets a red circular area, painless, that can grows to 10 cm diameter. This is the best time to take antibiotics. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Symptoms of Lyme disease easy to see?

Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Pain, fatigue and...: 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 & blurred vision. Neurological sxs can mimic MS & als. It can cause sxs similar to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases-also cardiac sxs. ...Read more

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What r symptoms if u have Lyme disease?

What r symptoms if u have Lyme disease?

Flu-like with rash: Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/lyme/. ...Read more

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Lyme disease- what's increasing my symptoms?

Lyme disease- what's increasing my symptoms?

Many possibilities: Lyme is a complex illness. Many with lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella, as well as chronic sinusitis, intestinal parasites & candidiasis. Antibiotic treatment can increase symptoms by creating die-off (toxicity from killed bacteria) and imbalances of gastrointestinal flora, leading to food allergies. Like all illness, stress can also aggravate symptoms and having lyme is stressful! ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of Lyme disease?

What are the common symptoms of Lyme disease?

See below: Red, expanding rash called erythema migrans (EM)
Fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Bell's Palsy or facial paralysis, neck stiffness, Heart palpitations and dizziness, Late stage Lyme has bouts of arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling ...Read more

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What are signs of Lyme disease and how bad is it?

Bulls eye rash: One of the earliest signs that lyme disease has been contracted is a rash that has clearing in the center, or appears as a ring. In this case getting treatment quickly should result in a shorter course of treatment. Symptoms of chronic lyme are: fatigue, insomnia, headaches, confusion or brain fog, joint pain & stiffness, tingling & numbness, weakness and many more symptoms that tend to come & go. ...Read more

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Are there any symptoms of Lyme disease that last?

Are there any symptoms of Lyme disease that last?

All of them can last: Lyme disease is a chronic infection. It can affect any organ system in the body. It does not go away on its own, so symptoms will last your entire life, often progressively spreading and worsening, unless it is effectively treated. The longer it is present before starting treatment the longer it can take to treat effectively & some authorities feel it may be impossible to fully eradicate in some cases. ...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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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease for a child?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease for a child?

Please see below.: Early symptoms of lyme disease can include rash, flulike illness characterized by fever, chills, achy muscles or joints, headache, and malaise. In the area of the tick bite, lymph nodes can be enlarged and tender. Later, facial paralysis, meningitis, arthritis, and/or arrhythmias may develop. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for months?

Can symptoms of Lyme disease not show up for months?

Yes: People react to infections in different ways. Most who are infected with lyme will have vague non-specific symptoms initially like headache and achiness that may be mild and not noticed as a sign of illness, but then have more pronounced symptoms that appear months or years later. ...Read more

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What is the longterm effect of undiagnosed Lyme disease?

See details: There are several and they basically involved 3 issues: neurologic (meningitis, brachial plexus and other neuropathies, muscle inflammation), cardiac (arrhythmias, pericarditis, myocarditis) and arthritis. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Flu-like: Primary lyme disease presents with flu-like symptoms, low grade fevers, aches and pain and often the characteristic bulls-eye rash. ...Read more

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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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Can Lyme disease symptoms recur even when it is caught early?

No: If it effectively treated early in the disease course, recurrence of symptoms is more likely to be a new infection than the same previous bout. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have Lyme disease and not have clear symptoms?

Yes: Many patient could have the initial signs and symptoms of lime disease and they are not diagnosed at that time for multiple reasons, related to the severity, lack of evaluation, misinterpretation of the symptoms, lack of though about the occurrence of the disease. ...Read more

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Are there any illnesses that share the same symptoms of Lyme disease?

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

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Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Can you tell by the symptoms how far Lyme disease may have progressed?

Lyme disease: As the bacteria spread in the skin away from the initial tick bite, the infection causes an expanding reddish rash that is often associated with "flu-like" symptoms. Later, it can produce abnormalities in the joints, heart, and nervous system. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for Lyme disease symptoms to appear?

About 2 weeks: Symptoms will generally start about 2 weeks after the bite. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat Lyme disease that has gone undiagnosed for several years?

Antibiotic: Treatment is based on the stage of disease and tve severity. If Lyme disease is confirmed (do not rely on a blood test alone) the treatment is usually either doxycycline (oral antibiotic) or rocephin (ceftriaxone) (given IM or IV). Even late Lyme disease is treatable. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in '93. Is it possible that I am still having some symptoms now?

Yes: It's possible that the infection is still present if you were not treated or were under treated. It's also possible that you could have gotten re-infected, as you don't develop immunity to the infection. ...Read more

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I previously had Lyme disease and I still have some symptoms after being treated. What can I do now?

Maybe continue treat: There is controversy on the issue of when to stop treatment. The international lyme and associated diseases society (ilads) has published treatment guidelines that recommend continued treatment until the patient is symptom free. This is something worth discussing with your doctor. Sometimes there is residual symptoms that are permanent, but usually all symptoms clear when infection is gone. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about Lyme disease testing? What are symptoms that would warrant getting tested?

Varied features: Lysis testing involves blood tests. There is a screening Lyme test and a Western Blot that is more specific. Symptoms vary and are often missed. Typical rash (bulls eye lesion) may be seen fatigue, joint pain, neurological changes like facial numbness or Bell's palsy and many others ...Read more

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How can Lyme disease be diag if a person possably has had it for over a decade (has all symptoms been ill for 14yrs but never been √ for ld)severly il?

Clinical: Lyme is still a clinical diagnosis. Labs fail to detect up to 30% of cases. Chronic lyme can be treated by a doctor knowledgable in treating lyme. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of chronic Lyme disease?

What are symptoms of chronic Lyme disease?

CLD and Tx: For more on Lyme Disease (acute and chronic) read Dr. Richard L. Horowitz's book "Why I Can't Get Better." He dose a great job explaining the symptoms, diagnostic test short comings and several therapy regimens. My practice focuses on Lyme and associated diseases and its effect on normal body function. It is also called the great masquerader, as it has many many symptoms.
Best,
JP Saleeby, MD ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease?

What are the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease?

Many symptoms: For more on Lyme Disease (acute and chronic) read Dr. Richard L. Horowitz's book "Why I Can't Get Better." He does a great job explaining the symptoms, diagnostic test short comings and several therapy regimens. My practice focuses on Lyme and associated diseases and its effect on normal body function. Lyme is the great masquerader, as it has many many symptoms.
Best,
JP Saleeby, MD ...Read more

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Would I have multiple symptoms if I had gotten Lyme disease?

Yes: If you have had lyme disease for many weeks/months, it is typical to have multiple symptoms that tend to come & go: fatigue, headache, joint pain/stiffnes moving around to different joints, vision changes, focus & concentration problems, numbness & tingling or twithing. The list is longer than this, but these are some of the more common symptoms. ...Read more

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Scientists have discovered any symptoms of Lyme disease that last forever?

Scientists have discovered any symptoms of Lyme disease that last forever?

See details: Chronic lyme disease is a very controversial issue. Symptoms can be controlled but not by taking endless antibiotics. The proper medication depends on what specific symptoms one is treating. ...Read more

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Are there supplements to treat the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Yes: There are too many to list here, but I recommend a combination Stephen Buhner, Cowden Protocol and Dr. Richard Horowitz's Protocol for treating Lyme ...Read more