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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease spreads to humans through infected black-legged tick bites. Borrelia burgdorferi is the causative bacteria. It is characterized by red circular lesions all over the body, fever, muscle pain, headache, fatigue, lymph node swelling, sleeping disorders, poor concentration, and joint pain. Treatment is through oral antibiotics. Some people experience symptoms even after treatment. This is referred to as post Lyme disease syndrome.

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Why do I have confusion and significant short-term memory loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had a serum primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) immunofixation electrophoresis (IFE) with a free light chain analysis. PEL and IFE were normal, but elevated kappa 39.86 mg/L and lambda 19 mg/L with the ratio of 2:1. The test was done due to persistent and worsening polyneuropathy. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. These reports need evaluation for the cause of multiple myeloma. However, I do not strongly suspect it based on these reports as a lot of the asymptomatic general population has an elevated kappa chain with no significance. Still, a bone marrow e...  Read Full »

Does Hodgkin's lymphoma elevate CD3 and CD57 NK cells?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently tested positive for Lyme disease. I have a history of stage IIA lymphoma, 15 years ago, and I am in full remission ever since. My reports, that I have attached, show elevated CD3 and CD57 NK cells. The lab recommended that an oncologist looks at this for a possible Hodgkin'...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lyme disease is usually associated with decreased CD57, especially in the chronic form. But, the lab findings reveal a high CD57. It also reveals high CD3 levels. Both high CD57 and CD3 ...  Read Full »

I recently found a tick on me. Can I have Lyme disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 38 years old and really scared because I recently found a tick on me. I have been reading about Lyme disease and I am terrified that I might have been infected, and I do not know what to do. I have heard that Lyme disease can cause serious problems if not treated early. I am exper...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, Lyme disease is caused by ticks, but if ticks bite you, then only you can get Lyme disease. Otherwise, there are no chances of getting Lyme disease. So if there are any bite marks on the body, then you should go for a checkup otherwi...  Read Full »

My 6-year-old son is diagnosed with Lyme disease. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am worried about my 6-year-old son who has recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease. I do not have much medical knowledge and nor do people whom I am acquitted to have much medical knowledge, and I am trying my best to understand this condition. Their suggestions and advice make me ...  Read Full »


Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hi, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide expert opinion on your medical issues. I am very sorry about your son's medical condition. Regarding your questions about Lyme disease, Lyme disease causes a rash, often in a bull's-eye pattern, and flu-like symptoms. Joint pain and weakness in th...  Read Full »

My MRI showed moderate supratentorial white mater disease. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an MRI done 2 months back that showed moderate supratentorial white mater disease, similar to the prior exam. Differential diagnosis includes demyelinating disease, vasculitis, and sequela from Lyme disease. There was no parenchymal atrophy. I am very concerned. The doctor does n...  Read Full »


Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The indication for the MRI was facial paresthesia. What is the distribution of the abnormal sensation in the face, is it just the right side or the left? Does it involve the forehead? So I can correlate with the results if the imaging findings are causing your sympto...  Read Full »

My GI test reveals high levels of bacteria. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a recent GI laboratory test which showed high levels of the below: 1. Pseudomonas spp. 2. Staphylococcus aureus. 3. Proteus spp. 4. Proteus mirabilis. 5. Escherichia spp. I need an infectious disease specialist to consult on the proper treatment for these. I have a 17+ year histo...  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I acknowledge the test report attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) with this message. Higher levels of these commensal bacteria usually do not warrant antibiotic use. The unnecessary use of antibiotics will lead to the development of antibi...  Read Full »

What are the diagnostic tests for Lyme disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic migraines with pituitary hyperplasia. Can someone interpret what my report indicate?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Abdul Nasir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the report that you put up (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If I am not mistaken, all three antibodies done for Lymes disease are absent, which means that you do not have Lyme's disease. If any of the three columns had positi...  Read Full »

Please advise me on the Cetirizine dose to subside allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking 10 mg Singulair and 10 mg Cetirizine for five years for allergies, asthma, and Lyme. I just got two more kittens, and the medicines do not work anymore. I am miserable and desperate. I asked my doctor to give me 20 mg of Cetirizine and something else because I think my...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please get an allergy testing done, either a skin prick or a blood comprehensive. Next, based on the allergens you are sensitive to, we can advise you on further course of action. With respect to getting tolerant to Cetirizine 10 mg, why not try Fexofenadine 120...  Read Full »

I have Lyme disease and am under Temazepam. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a chronically ill person with Lyme and Candida. About 10 months ago, I could not sleep very well. My natural supplements failed to help me, whereas they used to help me. So my Lyme doctor prescribed me Temazepam 15 mg. I was taking it with my supplements- Valerian root, melatonin,...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Temazepam is a short-acting benzodiazepine (BZD) with a half-life of about 10 hrs. Your issue is regarding weaning from the drug, I suppose. The precise rate of withdrawal is an individual matter. It depends on many f...  Read Full »

I have reactivated Epstein-Barr for a year. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had reactivated Epstein-Barr for a year. I recently got a blood test, which said, faint monoclonal band detected in the gamma region, repeat blood test in six months. There is no immunoparesis, and my levels have risen in the last four months, but still in the normal range. What do...  Read Full »


Dr. Shinas Hussain A. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concerns. The brief history you have described suggest a possibility of past infection with EBV (Ebstein-Barr virus). Probably you had an episode of IMN( infectious mononucleosis) in the childhood, which is ...  Read Full »

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