LDA/Columbia 2011
Scientific Conference

Hyatt Penns Landing

Philadelphia, PA

October 1-2, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

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Lyme Signs, Symptoms, & Diagnosis

4824  Does Lyme disease cause a peripheral neuropathy?
3022  Can you get a new case of Lyme disease if you have been treated successfully once and how do you tell if the Lyme is a new case or just a second bout of a previous infection?
2920  What percent of cases of reasonably proven Lyme disease present without erythema migrans?
2866  At what point do I stop antibiotics for the psychological symptoms of Lyme disease and conclude that these symptoms will not go away?
1623  I was wondering if Lyme Disease affects eye sight at all?

Lyme overlap with other Diseases

3098  During the course of treatment for Chronic Fatigue it was discovered that I have Chronic Lyme as well. Has there been a link between the two?
2263  Is it possible for Lyme disease to be misdiagnosed as ALS? Are there similarities in symptoms between these two diseases?
1030  Are there any diseases that can be misdiagnosed as Lyme disease?
748  Can autism be misdiagnosed as Lyme disease? What research is there to prove this? Can a child with autism be successfully treated for Lyme disease?
389  My child had Lyme Disease, got treated, and is now depressed. Could this be a sign of a relapse?
338  Is there any relationship between sleep apnea and Lyme disease?
284  How does one distinguish between Multiple Sclerosis and neurologic Lyme Disease?
181  I would like to know if morphea is common with Lyme disease. Is it even connected?
141  What is the relationship between OCD and Lyme disease?

Lyme testing (blood, spinal fluid...)

3609  What is the significance of band 41 on the IgM and IgG Western Blot? There is much controversy over this band. I know it is not a Lyme specific and the CDC requires more bands to be present before making a diagnosis. However, it is a band that is for bacteria, so what else could cause that to be positive if not Lyme (and you do not have syphilis or an auto-immune disorder)? Thank you.
2888  Can you have Lyme disease without any symptoms? I had blood work that showed I have Lyme but I don't have any symptoms.
332  If a second Western Blot is still positive for IgG and IgM, months after treatment, does that mean the Lyme Disease is still active and further treatment is neccesary?
146  Is it possible to have negative western blot test and have Lyme disease?

Lyme Treatment

1635  For chronic cases of Lyme does IV IgG hold hope for remitting symptoms and improving the quality of life?
135  What can patients with chronic neuropsychiatric symptoms from Lyme disease do to get proper treatment if we are in a so called non-endemic area?
123  What criteria do doctors use to choose different antibiotics?

Lyme Transmission and Prevention

3665  How can/will Chronic Lyme symptoms impact getting pregnant/being pregnant?
3094  Can Lyme disease (Western Blot positive) be sexually transmitted?
974  Is there a cure or a drug prescribed for people who have not had Lyme disease but are suffering from the LYMErix vaccination?
352  How safe is the Lyme vaccine?
347  Should I be concerned about Lyme disease if I am pregnant?
285  How do I know whether I have received a sufficiently long course of antibiotic therapy?
136  Can Lyme disease be transmitted between humans via bodily fluids such as blood, semen, saliva, etc.?

Lyme Research

3201  I am wondering if Columbia University Research Center uses xenodiagnosis for detection of infectious diseases?


3047  What is the best way to remove a tick and what if I did not get the entire tick out?
2861  How long does it typically take between the tick bite and Lyme symptoms to appear? Is it possible to test the tick to see if it is infected?

Other Tick-borne Diseases

124  What is babesiosis?

Lyme Miscellaneous

3014  Where can I get geographical statistics on areas with high rates of Lyme disease?
745  I would like to find a support group (online or other) specifically for people diagnosed with chronic neuropsychiatric Lyme disease. Can you make some recommendations?
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