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Which type of doctor specializes in Lyme disease?

Which type of doctor specializes in Lyme disease?

Infectious disease: Lyme disease understanding has become more widespread among the medical community and so family doctors, internists and emergency room doctors have experience with this. The top of the line would be an infectious disease specialist although these mostly see patients on referral from other doctors.

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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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Who is the best physician to treat Lyme disease 7 years out in orange county ca or los angeles area?

Who is the best physician to treat Lyme disease 7 years out in orange county ca or los angeles area?

Specialist: A specialist in infectious diseases should be sought out. Lymes disease is sometimes very difficult to diagnose as it can mimic many other diseases. I would contact the ucla or usc schools of medicine.

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Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Can chronic Lyme disease cause cardiovascular problems? If so what are they and which type of doctor should be seen?

Yes: Yes. Lyme carditis effecting heart conduction system causing bradycardia to complete heart block and need permanent pace maker. Please see cardiologist in your area. Good luck.

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My wife has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infection of black mold. How can I find a doctor that can fully treat these issues?

My wife has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infection of black mold. How can I find a doctor that can fully treat these issues?

Ok: An infectious disease physician should be able to sort out the DX of lyme disease. 'black mold' in the environment generally is a cause of allergic respiratory symptoms but the id doc can help as well.

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My doctor has me on doxycycline and cefixime simultaneously to treat lyme disease. Much literature and theory suggests that lactams combined with bacteriostatic tetracyclines are antagonistic. Is this true for the lyme spirochetes?

My doctor has me on doxycycline and cefixime simultaneously to treat lyme disease. Much literature and theory suggests that lactams combined with bacteriostatic tetracyclines are antagonistic. Is this true for the lyme spirochetes?

Should be OK but...: While theoretically doxycycline could interfere with cefixime, there is evidence they work well together in the real world. See http://tinyurl. Com/j45y24w If infected with Lyme in recent weeks then it is worth doing aggressive antibiotic treatment as it can be cured if you catch it soon enough. If you have had Lyme more than a few weeks then my experience is antibiotics seldom help. See comment:

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I have chronic Lyme disease have been treated for 4 years finally starting to feel better and now only on abx every two weeks why are so many doctors?

In California?: Where did you get lyme? Not much in the west. I am glad you are better but many id physicians do not believe that there is a chronic lyme borelliosis.

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Need doctor advice. Where do you send a tick to see if it has Lyme disease?

You don't: If it is a wood tick, don't worry. If it is a deer tick, speak with your doc.

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I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

Lyme disease: Can be diagnosed and treated by your family doctor. If symptoms continue, a Lyme disease specialist can help. Your doc or the local medical society or hospital can refer you. Yes, please see doc and get tested but know that Lyme results and symptoms are mysterious anc can produce Fibro & CFS like symptoms. If you have symptoms see doc even if lab work says not. Peace and good health.

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Where can I get Lyme Disease testing in Burien or Renton, WA. Any doctors specialize in this area?

Where can I get Lyme Disease testing in Burien or Renton, WA. Any doctors specialize in this area?

IM or ID.: Your general Internist or Family Practitioner can perform this testing. If you feel you need to take it to a higher level, you can locate a local Infectious Disease specialist.

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Where is the best place to start a search for the top doctors in a specialty? Need to find a Lyme disease expert! Thank you doctors!

Check their society: Most all diseases, pathology, etc, have a society/organization dedicated to that interest. They would be the best source for information. Games like healthtap are for fun (as stated on their website) and online rating sites are highly unreliable since anyone (including nonpatients, rival doctors, fired staff, etc) can post anonymous reviews. Good luck, I hope this helped!

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I want to know why I can't find a doctor who will test for Lyme disease?

See details: That sounds absurd. Any doctor should be willing to test for lyme if your symptoms fit that diagnosis. If you are looking to continually have the test repeated when it is consistently negative, you are wasting time, energy and money.

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For physical exam blood tests, Do doctors usually check for Lyme disease or does it get noticed in the blood? Does that have to be requested?

For physical exam blood tests, Do doctors usually check for Lyme disease or does it get noticed in the blood? Does that have to be requested?

Blood tests: "Routine" blood tests do not check for Lyme disease. A blood test for Lyme disease would be done when a suspicion for the disease from the history and/or physical warrants it.

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My doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. Can it detect Lyme disease?

My doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. Can it detect Lyme disease?

No: Routine blood work should not include testing for Lyme disease. The test is only to be run if there is suspicion that the individual has been infected and has the disease. Cholesterol and blood sugar are good screening tests. Tests for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease are NOT screening tests as there are many false positives.

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What do you suggest if my doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. Will it detect Lyme disease?

No: We don't look for the routinely. Actually, there's some dispute as to just how sensitive the usual Lyme serologies are. If you're concerned that you may be a Lyme patient, talk about this with your physician.

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Why is the topic of chronic Lyme disease so controversial and do all infectious disease doctors specialize in Lyme disease treatment?

See below: 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 ; http://bit. Ly/1ffxjxl ; http://www. Lymeinfo. Net/lymefiles. Html ; http://bit. Ly/qcegra ; http://bit. Ly/orugxl for details.

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I have been diagnosis with Lyme disease but my doctor thinks my hip pain is unrelated because my sed rate is zero and CRP is also low. Does this make sense?

Yes: Yes, it makes sense. Don't fall into the trap of blaming every ache and pain on lyme. I would try taking a yoga class since you are so young. With that said, medicine does not have a lot of absolutes and if the pain progressed over months, I would proceed to an mri.

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