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Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

Diagnosed w/ Lyme disease, bartonella, & babesia. Have noticed increasingly stiff & painful neck w/ head pain & pressure for past 3 days w/ fever ranging btwn 99.6 & 100.5. Are these symptoms typical?

YOU ARE NOT 15 MIN!: I agree that you should not assume the neck pain is Lyme spasms, and get to ER. We would like to propose that while Babesia can raise temps, Bartonella can be immunosuppressive-floats in blood--you do not die. A fever with Bartonella I would take seriously. My wise MD friend is right. If 3 infections--missed one? ER. As Fallon, MD Columbia recently posted-ticks are infection bus-over 1-3 bugs. ...Read more

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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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What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

Not much in common: Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia (a bacteria). West Nile Virus is caused by a virus. The former causes a targetoid rash and can infect just about any organ system including the eye, joints,heart, and brain if left untreated. It is transmitted to humans by a deer tick. West Nile virus is transmitted by a mosquito and in most cases is asymptomatic. 20% get rash / fever. Encephalitis is rare. ...Read more

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What if you were bit on your head by a tick and could not see any ring or anything. How do u know if u got Lyme disease from it or not.

What if you were bit on your head by a tick and could not see any ring or anything. How do u know if u got Lyme disease from it or not.

Many ways: first you can rum Lyme disease test to see if it is positive or not. second you can watch the patient for any symptoms that could suggest Lyme disease. third some physician might start the patient on medication for prophylaxis reason. ...Read more

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Does my risk of Lyme disease increase if the tick head gets stuck in the skin during the removal process?

Does my risk of Lyme disease increase if the tick head gets stuck in the skin during the removal process?

Lyme Disease: Only blacklegged ticks in the highly endemic areas of the northeastern and north central U.S. Are commonly infected. Finally, blacklegged ticks need to be attached for at least 24 hours before they can transmit lyme disease. This is why it's so important to remove them promptly and to check your body daily for ticks if you live in an endemic area. ...Read more

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Why didn't i get Lyme disease after i got a tick in my head half way under my scalp?

Not uncommon: May have been a wood tick and not a deer tick. Not all deer ticks are infected with the lyme organism. ...Read more

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Can you be bitten by a tick and not know? Maybe on my head in my hair? Having numerous symptoms for a month. Wondering if I have Lyme disease..

Can you be bitten by a tick and not know? Maybe on my head in my hair? Having numerous symptoms for a month. Wondering if I have Lyme disease..

See details: About 70% of patients with documented lyme disease never remember having a tick bite or the characteristic rash. If you believe you may have lyme disease, see your doctor and get tested. ...Read more

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Is Lyme disease viral or bacterial? Is the organism that causes Lyme disease virus or bacteria?

Bacterial: Lime disease is caused by an infection with a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete. It is spread by the bite of a tick that has acquired the germ. ...Read more

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Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Can a person with Lyme disease pass it to their children? Can the father whom is infected with the virus pass it onto his children during conception?

Yes and yes: If the mother has lyme disease, it can be passed to the fetus during pregnancy. If the infected mother is treated with a conservative dose of antibiotics during preg, lyme doesn't circulate so doesn't infect fetus. Infected male partner can pass the infection through semen to partner. Lyme is a bacteria not a virus. ...Read more

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Stiff neck/shoulders, fatigue, muscle twitches, ear/jaw pain and stiffness, headaches/head pressure, very sore muscles waking up. Lyme disease?

Stiff neck/shoulders, fatigue, muscle twitches, ear/jaw pain and stiffness, headaches/head pressure, very sore muscles waking up. Lyme disease?

Not likely: You may have fibromyalgia. You need to discuss this with your physician and possibly see a rheumatologist. This is unlikely to be Lyme disease but there are other possibilities in the differential diagnosis that need to be confirmed. Your evaluation will include examination, lab studies and maybe imaging. ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today i find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today i find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology : When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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My daughter found a bug in her hair. Not sure if its a tick, worried about lyme disease, is there anyway to tell?

?got bug ?: If you have the bug you could look for an image on line & compare. Lyme disease does not occur if the tick has not embedded & fed for a day. It is worth a good look over for her whole body, but what you describe is not worrisome. ...Read more

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Symptoms of long standing Lyme disease have been dealing with for years inflammed jointed skin problems etc etc live in P.A by woods been tested neg.

Symptoms of long standing Lyme disease have been dealing with for years inflammed jointed skin problems etc etc live in P.A by woods been tested neg.

What is the question: I don't see a question here. Also I don't see any information about treatment for Lyme, were you given antibiotics. Lyme disease can manifest with acute and chronic signs and symptoms, you should be treated either by an ID specialist or your primary doctor if its comfortable. Blood work testing for lyme can be confusing but sure helps for accurate diagnosis, make sure they test for others. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause hair loss?

Yes: Lyme disease is known to cause every possible symptom including hair loss. However, this could also be related to hypothyroidism (which Lyme can cause) and nutrient deficiencies (esp. zinc, very common in Lyme patients) may play a role too. You might also have heavy metal toxicity. Work with a good holistic doc. See http://betterhealthguy.com/kpu ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease on the skin?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease on the skin?

Lyme Disease: Most common is a bullseye or target rash in early stage. ...Read more

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Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Anything is possible: But if the child has been in any area where there may be deer ticks they should be treated for lyme disease without waiting for serologic confirmation. ...Read more

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Could a rash but not a bulls-eye mark be a sign of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick?

Could a rash but not a bulls-eye mark be a sign of Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick?

Depends on location : In the southeastern usa, a similar rash can occur following the bite of the lone star tick called southern tick associated tick illness or stari. Progression to arthritis or neurological disease appears not to occur. ...Read more

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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more