Thanks for your response. It was very helpful. I was diagnosed with Lyme's disease this past December via positive blood tests (2 different tests - Igenex was one) and also based on my symptoms. I started having symptoms over a year ago that began with insomnia, anxiety, back and muscular pains, numb and tingling hands/fingers,brain fog, and more. I had seen numerous doctors with multiple dx such as FM and chronic fatigue and even had a Western Blot which was negative. I was also seeing an ND for nutritional support and craniosacral therapy. Finally went to an doctor recommended by a friend who is a LLMD in DC and he diagnosed me based on symptoms and the blood tests
. I started on Doxy in January(so more like 8 weeks) - 400mg/day and then he added Ceftin in February. Also taking Armour thyroid because the lyme has knocked out my thyroid function.
I live in Baltimore but attend college (am 20)out of state so my treatment has been long distance. I have talked to my doc about my rash and he felt it was a Herx reaction but I guess it could be the sun although I am in class and shop pretty much all day. I will see him again on spring break. Some days are better than others. My aches and pains have definitely diminished but my peripheral neuropathy comes and goes and the moodiness and insomnia and brain fog are worse on certain days.
Anyway, I was glad to find this forum. I will check out those books.