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lyme disease?

today i got tested for lyme disease, i am a VERY paranoid person why i look up things online with the same symptoms i have, i think i have it. But i just had a quick question for somebody who would know, if i am getting tested for lyme disease but had malaria would that still show up?

i doubt i have it, but just curious.

No, depends on the test.  (+ info)

Lyme Disease?

I've just been told that I have Lyme disease, and I've taken my first medication, does anyone know when the symptoms will clear up? Has anyone ever had Lyme disease before?

ick, i'm sorry. i live where lyme disease was discovered. people get it ALL THE TIME here.

once the medication has been taken, doctors generally assume that it's gone, but if you're sticky achey, you might still have it. it doesn't always die. if you don't have any problems after it's gone, they let you go on your merry way.

however, there was a girl in my class who went through all the treatment and still nothing, so they gave her a central line (yes, needle in arm, tube-wire fed up into her heart) and put her on IVs EVERY DAY for a month. then they decided it might not be lyme. this is a tricky disease.

it's very individual, sorry, so i can't really tell you anything for sure. the severity ranges almost randomly, but most of the time it just clears up with the first round of drugs. keep taking them as directed!

good luck and do whatever you can to avoid ticks in the future!  (+ info)

Lyme disease?

I found a tick on me yesterday and Im worried about Lyme disease. I still have that tick (i keep it in the box). Is the a place where I can take that tick and they can check it for Lyme disease or other infections? It would be the easiest way to find out if that tick caries Lyme disease or not. I called my doctor office and they didnt know... Thank you very much!

Call your county health department and ask who does tick testing in your area. Depending on where you live, it might also be a state agency that does it.

Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
http://www.mentalhealthandillness.com/lymeArticles.htm  (+ info)

LYME DISEASE?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I went camping in Ashley, Ohio and I got a deer (I think) tick. What are they symptoms of lyme disease? What are my chances of getting it? Any more information on ticks or lyme disease is needed! Please help me I'm really scared.

First of all.. if you got the disease.. you should have a bullseye red pattern with an indurated area. Then you have some symtoms associated with the disease.. that are very clear. And if you are not sure, with the symtoms you have and the ones you gonna read about... you can have a quick check at the hospital and have a possitive with hi efficiency "blood test" in which at most it will take 48 hours. Hope it helped. You can check wikipedia or easy souerces like that to check a little more information. And DO NOT AUTO-MEDICATE... you can go right, or make a big mistake.  (+ info)

How long does it take for Lyme Disease symptoms to appear?

We just found a tick on my dog (golden retriever) and it probably was there since sunday, april 1st. I am concerned that she received Lyme Disease. I would like to know how long it takes for the symptoms of the disease to appear?

The early signs of Lyme disease in dogs are supposed to be loss of appetite, fever and lethargy. Lameness may occur at the same time or may occur later. In some dogs, enlargement of the lymph nodes (usually generalized enlargement) occurs. In dogs, skin signs, heart disease, kidney problems and neurologic signs are reported to be rare. Symptoms of Lyme disease are usually delayed for several months but start to occur about 2 months after exposure and should show up by 5 to 6 months after a dog or
cat is bitten by a tick carrying the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi).  (+ info)

Can a lyme disease rash be less than an inch and pretty faint and last for months?

I've had a small red ring on my chest for at least three months now. It is faint pink and about 3/4" and clear in the center. I don't remember getting sick or anything. Now it just developed a small red dot in the middle. Am a I being a hypochondriac? Is it expensive to get tested for Lyme disease?

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What's the difference between meningitis and lyme disease?

I was recently diagnosed with lyme disease and my symptoms fit it to a T, headache, stiff neck, and all. However, my mom is worried because lyme can turn into meningitis and my neck/head are hurting worse than ever. Both have the same symptoms. Is there a way I can tell if it is meningitis without getting a spinal tap (major fear of needles...)


Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, but also physical injury, cancer or certain drugs

Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia (such as ticks)  (+ info)

How do you handle joint pain from lyme disease?

I've recently been diagnosed with lyme disease, and it's been pretty brutal. I've been given antibiotics to handle the infection itself, but my insurance won't cover medication to deal with the arthritis that's developed as a symptom. It hurts too much to walk, sit up straight, move my left arm or even turn my neck. Does anyone here have suggestions for dealing with nasty joint pain like this? I'm only 18 and start school soon.

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"We are what we repeatedly do"
Aristotle  (+ info)

How often is Bells Palsy a symptom of lyme disease? How accurate are blood tests for lyme disease?

My son was put on steroids after being diagnosed with bells palsy. Since he was bite by a deer tick 5 months before any symptoms I am worried he has lyme disease. The blood test was completed and came out negitive. Could the steroids have caused a false negitive?

aaargh!! DEB- FIRST, TAKE YOUR KID OFF ALL STEROIDS UNTIL LYME DISEASE IS RULED OUT BY A QUALIFIED [LYME-LITERATE] DOCTOR!! Why? Steroid use can lead to PERMANENT neurological damage if the disease IS present & allowed to get into places where it normally couldn't, due to the local immune-response suppression that steroids cause. {sigh} PLEASE take heed of this warning.
Now... Bells Palsy is not a "common" symptom but not rare either, though it occurs more in children, and especially when the bite is in the head/ neck area.
As far as the accuracy of Blood tests for Lyme, they are woefully inadequate & miss ABOUT 1/2 the actual cases of Lyme. (I hate having to repeat this over & over, but do some research. It's sadly true.)
Lyme disease remains a clinical diagnosis (see CDC & even IDSA guidelines). The typical ELISA test relies on the body's ability to generate sufficient antibodies to the Lyme spirochete PIECES to be detected by the test. Sometimes there aren't enough...for various reasons.
Finally, steroids can suppress immune response, but I haven't heard that they particularily interfere with the common blood tests for Lyme.
(Oh... and My neurological Lyme symptoms started 4 months after the tick bite. A very common period of time, as I understand.)  (+ info)

Can Lyme disease be spread through anything besides ticks?

I've heard that mice and dogs can act as hosts to the B. burgdorferi microbes that cause Lyme disease. If a mouse were hosting the bacteria and bit someone, could that person contract Lyme disease?

Yes (maybe), though the deer tick is its primary vector there have been reports that the bacteria which causes the disease has been found in fleas and horseflies, however this is fairly rare and still being debated.

As for your mouse example, they bite would have to allow them to exchange unlikely large quantities of bloods. Even if that were to happen the bacteria are generally presents in different forms when it is in different hosts in order to resist each hosts immune responses. It would have to shift forms very quickly after getting into the human which, which is highly unlikely making the mouse scenario VERY improbable.  (+ info)

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