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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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How long should antibiotics be used for Lyme disease? I was stopped before the two weeks was up whole being treated on doxycycline for a past infection of Lyme.

How long should antibiotics be used for Lyme disease? I was stopped before the two weeks was up whole being treated on doxycycline for a past infection of Lyme.

Treatment of lyme: Lyme disease is an extremely complex illness sometimes, and what is diagnosed as lyme may include other "piggyback" infections. A simple case of lyme discovered early may resolve completely, but cases that are not diagnosed early may become chronic. I have CT relatives with recurrent symptoms that respond well to different antibiotics but don't want to clear. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/lyme/treatment/ ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have Lyme disease what happens if you treat it immediately?

You are cured!: Lyme disease can be extremely serious but is readily curable provided it is treated within days of contracting it. The longer you wait the harder it is to eradicate. Lyme specialists advise Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day x 30 days, more than most docs prescribe. It's important to consider common co-infections like babesia & bartonella as well. See
http://www. Ilads. Org/lyme_disease/about_lyme. Html. ...Read more

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How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

How do you treat and diagnose Lyme disease?

Lyme disease: Lyme disease can be detected by blood by testing the igm level. However lyme disease can turn into complicated chronic problem affecting many systems of the body. It can be treated with antibiotics. Treatments varies depend on when it was discovered and how it had spread. Consult your doctor if you have concern for contacting the disease. Early treatment and proper prevention is important. ...Read more

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Does Lyme disease return after being treated?

Yes-if Rx incomplete: Lyme disease may return if the treatment was insufficient. In the early phase, within weeks to a few months of a first tick bite, then a course of oral antibiotics should cure the problem. If the lyme disease is first diagnosed with systemic problems such as arthritis or neuropathy, then treament takes much longer, and incomplete treatment can be followed by a recurrence of symptoms. ...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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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from Lyme disease?

It depends: It depends of the stage of the disease and the specific area of the body affected. Primary disease will usually resolve in about 2 weeks. ...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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Can you tell me how long can you live with Lyme disease with medication?

Depends if you mean: Acute lyme, progressive lyme that has reached the central nervous system, or the oft talked about "chronic lyme". Acute lyme, it is recommended to get on antibiotics to prevent central lyme/encephalitis, where meds are necessary. You can live with chronic lyme without medication. ...Read more

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How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

How can you get treated for Lyme disease early when it's so hard to diagnose?

Not hard to diagnose: Most patients with lyme disease display the characteristic rash and associated symptoms, which makes presumptive diagnosis easy. If one tries to diagnose it using antibody testing you might wait too long to treat effectively. If you are in an area where this is common, have symptoms compatible with lyme you should be treated presumptively. May cause your antibody reactions to remain negative. ...Read more

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

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 diagosed with lyme disease 9 years ago How can I live with long term lyme disease?

Treatment?: If you were treated 9 years ago, then you likely killed off most if not all of the bacteria and this will not affect you long term much at all. However, there are a small number of people who deal with long term after effects of the infection that can be difficult to treat. But I am not finding any studies that say this effects the length of your life. Hope this helps. ...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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How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

How long can lyme disease be in your system without you knowing it? Is it possible to be in there hiding for years until it gets more serious?

Usually within weeks: Usually weeks, months and years. A good website to review is:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20019701
The timing will depend on which body systems are invovled ...Read more

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Just tested for Lymes disease will know in 3-4 day. If positive how long will take to go away? And does it alter everyday life? Shorten life expectanc

Just tested for Lymes disease will know in 3-4 day. If positive how long will take to go away? And does it alter everyday life? Shorten life expectanc

Depends on your involveme: This depends on your involvement. If you just recently have symptoms or rash you should be treated immediately. If this is early into your tick experience you should do very well with anabiotic's alone. Discussing this with your physician would be your best approach ...Read more

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How do people treat advanced Lyme disease?

ID Consultation: Patients with advanced lyme's disease need to be evaluated by an infectious disease specialist. Their therapy may require intravenous medications but that requires further evaluations. ...Read more

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Lyme disease bullseye how long does it last?

Variable: While the length of time the bullseye may last it is usually fairly transient and is gone within 7-10 days at most. ...Read more

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How long can you have dormant Lyme disease for?

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

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What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

Highly variable: Some with untreated lyme disease have minimal or no symptoms- a healthy person with a strong immune system can co-exist with it. Others can have devastating symptoms: fatigue, muscle/joint pains ; neurological symptoms ranging from poor memory/concentration to symptoms that mimic ms or als. Those with genetic susceptibilities, co-infections, toxic exposures, stress etc. Will have worse symptoms. ...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?

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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I've been put on Lymecycline for Lyme disease after 7 months undiagnosed. How long can I expect it to take till I start feeling improvement?

Possibly never...: Antibiotics in adequate doses usually cure Lyme if started within a week or 2, but are seldom curative when you've been infected for 7 months. Unfortunately, they may do more harm than good at this stage. The best treatments now are herbs & antibiotics. It's important to be tested & treated for co-infections like Babesia & Bartonella. Find a doc who is knowledgeable in treating Lyme. See comment: ...Read more

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How long will a Lyme disease rash last?

How long will a Lyme disease rash last?

Usually 3-5 weeks: Erythema migraines, the bullseye rash associated with lyme, typically appears 7-10 days after a tick bite, though it can be from 1-33 days. It usually lasts 3-5 weeks, though could be shorter or longer. It tends to gradually expand over time. While often said to appear in 80-90% of those with lyme, actually no more than 30% with lyme recall a rash- see www. Jemsekspecialty. Com/lyme_detail. Php? Sid=6. ...Read more

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How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

Lyme disease: Fever from lyme disease starts from 2 days after the tick bite to a few weeks. It usually starts with mild fever, fatigue, headache, muscle joint pains and at times swollen glands and a bulls -eye rash (red rash with a central clear area). These are early stage features and short. Not every one will have a fever. Lots of other symtoms develop once early stage clears. ...Read more

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Hw long does a fever associated with lymes disease last?

Possible until treat: Possibly until it is treated. If fever persists, reevaluation of diagnosis indicated. ...Read more

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Are there supplements to treat the symptoms of Lyme disease?

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

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If you ever get rid of Lyme disease, how long will this take?

Controversial: Doctors disagree on whether "chronic lyme disease" exists at all. It can however take a very long time (weeks to months) for all the symptoms to resolve once the infection is removed. ...Read more