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.
Many years. I have had patients who, based on their history, were likely exposed to lyme many years prior to becoming symptomatic, with their symptoms coming on after an injury or other major stress to their system. Once someone seems to have recovered from lyme, symptoms may also recur several years later if they are subjected to great physical or emotional stress, suggesting it was dormant for many years.

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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...

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...

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...

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...