Re: lyme symptoms?
Welcome to the board, sorry you have been ill.
If you had a bullseye rash, you have Lyme disease. The bullseye, also known as an erythema migrans or EM, is in itself grounds for treatment. Unfortunately, without documentation (photograph) of the rash it can be difficult to get a proper diagnosis.
The most important thing is to get to a Lyme-literate doctor for evaluation. There are some wonderful holistic therapies which can be extremely helpful, but do not neglect to seek out proper medical attention.
Bear in mind, there is no test which can absolutely rule out Lyme. You can have Lyme and test negative. The ELISA misses up to 60% of cases or more. The Western Blot is also not completely accurate. In one study conducted for the Lymerix vaccine, the largest Lyme survey ever performed, of 10,000 patients with culture proven Lyme, 36% NEVER developed a positive Western Blot.
In addition to Lyme, ticks also carry a number of co-infections such as Babesiosis, Bartonella, Erlichiosis (HGE&HME), and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme also have one or more of these co-infections. It is important to test and treat for these. Once again, the testing for these is not definitively reliable.
The treatment normally prescribed for early stage (within two weeks of infection) is doxycycline. The recommended dosage is 400-600 mgs. a day for 6 weeks. The Lyme organism, Borrellia burgdorferi, has a four-week reproductive cycle. It is only vulnerable during the time when it is reproducing, therefore it takes four weeks to kill off one cycle of organisms. Many doctors undertreat patients, which results in a later relapse (the organisms, if not killed off during this stage, disseminate into the body tissues and can remain dormant and emerge later). If treatment begins more than 2 weeks post-infection, longer and more intensive treatment is needed.
For a comprehensive listing of symptoms, go through the posts and find a poster named Ticker. Click on her name and go to "see all posts by this member". Scroll through her posts, and in several of them she has this information posted.
I would also recommend a book which I have found to be a tremendous help. 'Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases' by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner provides an in-depth yet easy to understand overview.
Last edited by TINUVIEL; 08-24-2006 at 05:05 PM.