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Treatment For Late Stage Lyme Disease
What is your views on diagnosis/ treatment for late stage (untreated) Lyme disease? Have had symptoms 5yrs and now getting Diagnosis. Thoughts on it?
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
Depends: Chronic lyme needs to be treated by at least two antibiotics. Other supportive treatments such as herbals, vitamins, and supplements are also useful. ...Read more
Hard to say: It really depends on whether you have any coinfections, and your general physical health (metal toxicity, poor detox capacity and food allergies, adrenal fatigue and low thyroid can all make treatment more difficult) expect treatment to the point of being symptome free to take many weeks at least, many months at worst. ...Read more
Depends: Lyme disease is easily treatable once it is diagnosed, which is sometimes difficult given current testing. Early Lyme is treated with doxycycline for 14-21 days. Disseminated Lyme (meningitis, carditis, Bell's Palsy) is treated 21-28 days and Lyme arthritis, a single swollen joint, is treated 28 days. Later Lyme is either treated with doxycycline or, in more severe cases, IV ceftriaxone. ...Read more
Antibioitics and...: For early lyme disease antibiotics usually result in a total cure. For longstanding lyme disease antibiotics are the standard recommendation but are not always effective. Many with chronic lyme have co-infections like babesia & bartonella & it is essential to treat those as well. Often herbs, nutrients, homeopathy & other natural therapies are essential to successfully treat chronic lyme disease. ...Read more
Oral antibiotics.: The treatment for this is apparently oral antibiotics. For those >=12 and not pregnant, Doxycycline 100mg 2x/day is the first choice, while those <12 get amoxacillin 50mg/kg/day. Amoxaciliin 500 mg 3x/day is the second choice for adults. The 3rd and 4th choices for all ages are Cefuroxime axetil 500 mg 2x/day and Erythromycin 250 mg 4x/day respectively. ...Read more
I've had Lyme disease for 15 yrs. Never been treated. I am35 waiting on my treatment wht should I expect physically?
Symptoms?: If you are blood test positive (western blot as a confirmatory test) and have no symptoms, it is not clear if you need treatment at all. ...Read more
What does one do if they got treatment for Lyme disease, but still getting same sympthoms and test now coming up negative? Test was wrong 2x last time
Lyme dz: These may not be Lyme symptoms. Check with doc. Alternatively, Lyme produces immune responses that linger, become chronic. Joints and other tissues can be affected. Requires careful interpretation by doc who sees you frequently. ...Read more
Daughter just diagnosed with Lyme disease 5 years after bite. Has had numerous symptoms. Wondering what treatment should be.?
Physician eval: Likely would require course of antibiotics but best have an evaluation by a physician with experience in cases like this. ...Read more
I'm being treated for acute Lyme disease with IV anitibiotics. How long does it take to feel better once this treatment begins?
A few days: Usually people start feeling better within the first week. ...Read more
Thoughts on safety and efficacy of major autohemotherapy for chronic lyme disease. This treatment has been recommended along with silver iv.
Very promising but..: Major autohemotherapy using ozone is a cutting-edge treatment which is more widely used in Europe but a growing # of innovative docs in the US are offering it. I'm not aware of research on it for Lyme but there are studies showing it to be safe and effective for macular degeneration, Hep C, eczema and other conditions and many case reports of success in chronic Lyme. See http://tinyurl. Com/z5jrlnq ...Read more
Is it safe for my husband to be taking our dogs Lyme disease medicine? He was diagnosed with it just over a over a year ago and has had no treatment.
Lyme disease: Nooooooooooooooooooo.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Lyme is a disease that is spread by the bites of tics to humans. The only way to prevent lyme disease is to use proper insect repellant (with deet) to avoid getting bitten by the tics. If you are in wooded areas or areas where lyme is prevalent, make sure when you get home you check yourself and all others in your family for tics embedded in your skin. Remove them as soon as possible. ...Read more
Is hospitalization needed for chronic Lyme disease treament (during an intravenous antibiotic treatment)?
Not necessarily: Not necessarily.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?
I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in june of 2012. I had an antibiotic treatment and now I've noticed arthritic symptoms. Can I still have the disease?
Lyme disease: It is possible that you are still infected or have been reinfected. Certainly, post=lyme joint-pain is not unknown. Even after the infection is controlled, there are sometimes sequallae that remain. You may need to see an infectious disease specialist, who is the expert in detecting and then treating some of the more difficult maladies. ...Read more
Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?
Most infectious disease docs follow the guidelines of the idsa ; are either unaware of or willfully ignore a large body of sound science that proves without question that lyme infection can persist after what they consider to be adequate treatment. See http://bit. Ly/1px4fnq
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Are rheumatologists familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and its co-infections? If not, who treats these tick-borne infections?
Infectious Diseases: Certainly a rheumatologist can treat lyme, but in complex situations, not only can a board certified infectious disease specialist an treat lyme, they can order appropriate tests to diagnose and then treat co-infections such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and erlichiosis. In addition, they may be able to determine if the illness you is due to something other than a tick-borne illness. ...Read more
My husband has Lyme disease he had a reoccurrence with nervousness and stiffness on doxycycline 100mg 7 days. Is that enough treatment?
Probably not but...: Acute lyme disease responds well to Doxycycline though lyme specialists advise 200 mg 2x/day for 30 days. If his recurrence is due to a new bite I advise that dose. If it's recurrence of previous infection, as dr. Raff mentions, this is a controversial subject. There is strong evidence lyme can persist (http://bit. Ly/1ffxjxl) but I feel antibiotics are seldom effective for chronic lyme. See comment:. ...Read more
What is the treatment for lyme disease and how long is the full treatment for a chronic infection? Can it be transmitted through sexual intercourse?
How and no: An antibiotic Rx for about 2 weeks would be enough in its early phase. The effectiveness for chronic infection is much less certain regardless of the duration of treatment. No you cannot contract this from sexual intercourse unless your lover happens to be a particular kind of tick. ...Read more
I just started my treatment for Lyme disease w/an Nd, I'm on smilax, glutathione, cinnamon bark oil and on on guard gel caps. Over hydration? My HR ok
See details: None of the treatment makes sense to me. None is effective. What specific complications of Lyme are you intending to treat with that combination? ...Read more