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What technology is associated with lyme disease?


I am doing a report on lyme disease and I only have this last question to answer but I can't find an answer anywhere... Please help, I need this by 12/19/08
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The technology of lab tests for Lyme disease is a big issue. There exists no definitive test for Lyme--no way to prove you DON'T have it. Some new tests have been developed, but they are controversial.

Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
http://www.lymedisease.org
http://www.canlyme.com
http://www.lymenet.org
http://www.lymeinfo.net
http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org
http://www.ilads.org
http://www.betterhealthguy.com  (+ info)

Can you catch lyme disease from a spider bite?


My wife has a large "bulls-eye" rash around a spider bite. She saw the spider bite her. She is allergic to bees and even gets a big reaction from mosquito bites. The doctor said it is because she is so allergic to insects. I trust the doctor but I simply wanted to know if it is possible to get lyme disease from a spider. Just to be cautious.
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There have been anecdotal reports of Lyme from spiders or other vectors, but it's never been proven. (Doesn't mean it isn't true!) However, it isn't the typical scenario. Usually, Lyme is transmitted by ticks.

My suggestions: take photos of the rash for future reference. Have your wife evaluated for a variety of illnesses, including Lyme. Most Lyme lab tests are problematic--a negative result doesn't mean you don't have it. But it would be interesting to have a Lyme test to see how it turns out. Keep a close eye out for other symptoms of Lyme--aches, pains, nausea, headaches, joint & muscle problems.

Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
http://www.lymedisease.org
http://www.ilads.org
http://www.canlyme.com
http://www.lymeinfo.net
http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org
http://www.lymenet.org
http://www.lymedoctor.com
http://www.touchedbylyme.org
http://www.facebook.com/lymedisease.org  (+ info)

What should I expect during my Lyme Disease treatment?


I recently tested positive for Lyme Disease and started treatment almost two weeks ago. I've been taking Doxycycline and so far, I haven't felt much improvement in my joints and am still very energy drained. When can I start expecting results?
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Last year I was treated for a strain of Lyme Disease called Babesiosis (it is one of the worst out there). After starting antibiotics I actually got worse before I got better. This is called the Herxheimer Reaction. Basically, the die-off of the spirochetes will probably make you feel worse before you can feel better. It took me about 1 months to start seeing any positive results. If you don't notice improvement within a month, talk to your doctor about adjusting the dose of the Doxycycline and maybe switching or combining it with other antibiotics to best fit your particular strain of Lyme. In the mean time, hang in there! It does get better!  (+ info)

My lyme disease is painful and i suffer from fatigue a lot. can i get partial or total disability?


it is really hard for me to concentrate and stay awake sometimes. sometimes i get really bad backaches and headaches very often. is there any way i could get partial or total disibility for having lyme disease?
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Do you have a disability insurance policy? If so, you need to read the policy and see if it applies. If you are talking about social security disability, there is no "partial" disability. You are either totally disabled or you are able to still perform some type of work. It would be very difficult to be found totally disabled with what you describe.  (+ info)

Do you have to have the big mark to possibly have lyme disease?


I think i have lyme disease but I dont have a bite mark that has turned into a big red mark thats spread around the bite. Do you have to get a mark to get lyme?
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Hello~
Up to 60% of infected people never see a rash, (a tick or a tick bite for that matter).
http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support-forums/studies-research/409798-lyme-facts

If you suspect Lyme disease, you will need to arm yourself with knowledge - your life could depend on it.

In your search for information on Lyme disease, you will see a lot of conflicting information. Much of that information will be from or endorsing the diagnosis and treatment guidelines of the IDSA. It is important to know that the IDSA Lyme guidelines have been found fraudulent by the CT Attorney General. You can confirm that here:

http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?a=2795
http://www.lymepolicywonk.com/

Here is a science based documentary trailer about the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease:

http://www.underourskin.com/
Or:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxWgS0XLV

Please see the sites below for more tick born illness info:

Best wishes~~  (+ info)

Are there any symptoms of Lyme disease that last forever?


Are there any symptoms of Lyme disease that last a long time after the disease has been 'dealt with'? My friend got it last August, and was on the medication for a month. Supposedly he was cured of it, but are there any side effects that could linger forever?
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How Long does it take for the "bulls Eye" to come up to show you have lyme disease from a deer tick?


If you get bit by a deer tick, it might show a ring around it to show lyme disease. How long does it take for the ring to appear?
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Typically, from 1-2 weeks, though it could show up with hours and could take a month. The important thing to emphasize, however, is that the bull's-eye only appears in an estimated 50% of cases of Lyme. So just because there hasn't been a rash does NOT mean you are free and clear.

Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
http://www.canlyme.com
http://www.lymenet.org
http://www.lymeinfo.net
http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org
http://www.ilads.org
http://www.betterhealthguy.com
http://www.publichealthalert.com
http://www.freewebs.com/teenswithlyme
http://www.lymetimes.org
http://www.mentalhealthandillness.com/lymeArticles.htm  (+ info)

How can I help raise awareness about lyme disease?


I want to help people with lyme disease and help raise awareness through group meetings. I believe my sister had lyme most of her life but recently passed away due to cancer. She was diagnosed with a number of psychiatric conditions but her symptoms were not usual. I also have it and when active it causes me extreme anxiety and forgetfulness. I just want to do something about this.....many people may be diagnosed with mental illness when, in fact, they have lyme disease.
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My sympathies on the loss of your sister.

Regarding helping raise awareness about Lyme disease: Are you involved with any of the on-line or in-person Lyme support groups? It's a great way to band together with others to help each other AND spread the word.

www.lymedisease.org is a great website to start out with. I especially recommend the "News, events & blogs" section, to find out more about Lyme activism.

There is also a network of state-affiliated on-line Lyme support groups. Info here:
http://www.lymedisease.org/resources/support.html

Other resources:

http://www.ilads.org
http://www.canlyme.com
http://www.lymenet.org
http://www.lymeinfo.net
http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org
http://www.lymedoctor.com
http://www.touchedbylyme.org  (+ info)

Can a child have a bullseye bite mark and not have Lyme disease?


My son's had a few mosquito bites lately, so when I saw a raised bump I didn't think anything of it. Now it's changed into the bullseye similar to after a tick bite. It's more of a cresent than a ring right now. But we don't have deer ticks here (as far as I know) and Lyme disease is unheard of in our area. Everything I've read about this sort of mark says that it's a first sign of Lyme disease. He has an appt to get it looked at in a few hours, but is it possible it's just a rash or something, or does this mark always mean Lyme disease? I just keep thinking that I would have noticed a tick on his leg for a day or more.
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Most people who get Lyme disease get a bullseye mark, but every bullseye mark isn't Lyme disease. Lyme disease is all over the place, as well as other tick diseases, so don't rule it out.

Lyme disease usually has a fever along with it. I had some kind of tick fever (and I didn't find the tick until I was already really sick) and I took some antibiotics and I felt somewhat better. I had headaches, nausea, fatigue, joint pain, a horrible backache, and a fever for 2 and a half weeks.

If it doesn't itch, burn, hurt, or cause a rash or fever...watch it and make sure it goes away. I used to get boils a lot (me and Job, Biblical plagues suck) and I'd get a hot red bullseye mark around where the boil was going to be. So you want to watch it, but it's not always Lyme disease.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of lyme disease?


Hi:) I was wonder if anyone knew what the symptoms of lime disease are. I heard that this disease is very difficult to diagnose. I have gotten bit by a tick before and became very ill, but I recovered quickly. But I dunno if it was lyme disease. I would assume that sense ticks do have toxic enzymes in there mouth which is similar to spider venom, It can make you very sick until the tick is removed. Is this accurate?
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Heres a couple links that might help you out  (+ info)

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