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lyme disease -- Arthritis - does anyone have Chronic lyme arthritis?

A: 22 Aug 2011 Hi Juniebird2, My sister in law has lyme disease and fibro. I do believe their is a coorlation between the two. I suggested she try a special all natural supplement that I have been taking for my Fibro. It helped her tremendously. Please friend me if your interested. God Bless, Reedeli Votes:+0CommentVote upReport theels25 Oct 2011 I had & was treated for lyme. After the long treatment my " head fog " cleared up greatly. I later tested high for RA, my Dr. says I have Fibromyalgia. I am now on disability, she keeps giving me more medicine, stronger medicine. My RA test keep going up. I take ADD medicine and THAT keeps my head clear. I have never heard of lyme...


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What is lyme disease and how can it be found in your system?

A: lyme disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. Infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Most cases of lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, landscaping, and integrated pest management. The ticks that transmit

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lyme disease - Its Cyclical Nature & Severe Daily Headaches

A: Hi, Molly... Yes, it does sound like lyme and it would have been very comforting for you to have positive test results, but the tests for lyme are notorious for yielding false negatives. Your thoughts and instincts about lyme are most likely correct. Also, you did not say if the lyme dr. tested you for any co-infections which are other organisms that are transmitted at the time of the bite. They can share many of lyme"s same symptoms BUT they do not all respond to the same antibiotics. Here is a list of reasons for lyme testing yielding false negative results: Nine Reasons for False Negative lyme
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lyme disease false negative? What can we do?

A: Hi, Herschel.... Your story is so sad and, unfortunately, very typical of someone with lyme disease due to the ignorance of the medical community about it. I believe I can offer some helpful suggestions. You are right. CDC standards are too rigid and for this reason, only a small fraction of lyme cases is reported. lyme can totally evade detection in both blood and spinal fluid. Your only recourse is to find a lyme specialist. He/she will treat your wife regardless of the test results. lyme specialists treat outside the guidelines for lyme. Your wife could also be infected with one or more of the...
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Should I see a lyme disease doctor

A: Hi... To answer your quesiton about what other testing I had prior to being treted for lyme...I had all kinds of blood work and I don"t know what all they tested for; but among those tests were lyme titers and they were always negative.  I had EMG"s and nerve conduction studies done several times.  I had an MRI from my head to the bottom of my spine (3 hours laying motionless in that tube). My MRI did show some brain spots which were first thought to be MS but later determined to be lyme lesions. (15% of people with lyme have brain lesions.)  I had the eye test for MS---VEP (Visual Evoked Potential).   My symptoms were light sensitivity and eye pain, headaches,...
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Could I have lyme disease?

A: Hi, Paula... This is an addition to my first msg which I forgot to address...you said your gp tested you for lyme. The tests for lyme are notorious for yielding false negatives. lyme is ultimately a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and bite history (if the patient recalls one.) A lyme specialist will treat you regardless of the test results. You would also be tested for co-infections which is critical for anyone who suspects he/she may have lyme disease. With the tick bite and that compilation of symptoms, it certainly sounds like you could have lyme disease and it definitely would...
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I think I might have lyme disease

A: Hi, John.... I was afraid you"d have a wait.  You could call back and get on the cancellation list for the chance to be sooner. If your doctor is receptive to the idea, sure, you could try to educate him. My PCP was so stubborn, he wouldn"t even believe I had lyme disease so I left and found another one.  (Email me and I will email you the treatment guidelines. It"s 33 pages long.) You"re on the right path keeping your body as healthy as you can and, again, avoid the sugar. Besides feeding the bacteria, it interferes with your blood cells" job of fighting bacteria. There are some natural things that people use and one is Samento. For some reason, the bacteria doesn"t like it. I used it for awhile in the beginning of my...
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How likely is a person bit by a tick to get lyme disease?

A: Hi, Rusell.... You are wise to question lyme disease after the experiences you just described. The length of time a tick is on you doesn"t have any bearing on whether it transmits lyme disease or not.  In a clinical (laboratory) setting, the transmission time is supposedly 36 hours, however, that doesn"t take into account human activity.  This includes sitting, restrictive clothing, sleeping, etc.  All of these activities cause the tick to inject the cesspool of bacteria and parasites into your bloodstream. The fact that you were bitten by 3 ticks certainly increases your chances of getting lyme disease and any of its...
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can this be lymes disease?

A: Hi, Nichole... Your story sounds a lot like mine. Possible MS was my first maybe diagnosis. I had several neurological symptoms of MS, like you, but some of the symptoms I had were not indicative of MS. I even had some brain lesions but would later learn that 15% of people with lyme disease has lesions. It would be two long years before I"d figure it all out from the time this all started. The tests for lyme are very unreliable. This bacteria can evade detection in BOTH blood and spinal fluid. I don"t put a whole lot of faith in the testing process. lyme is ultimately a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and exclusion of other diseases, not soley test...
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Multiple Bullseye Rashes - lyme disease?

A: HI, Keri.... From what you just described to me, I definitely believe that you have lyme disease.  The ticks that cause it are as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  Also, any blood-sucking insect can carry the bacteria. This includes, mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, etc.  So, you could have gotten multiple mosquito bites which would not be unusual.   The throat spasm you described is one of the symptoms that I had and I could only describe it as horrifying. It is one of the many symptoms of lyme disease as are the swollen glands. If I were you, I"d find a lyme specialist ASAP. Please don"t wast your time and money going to an...
 
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