Were you tested for all the co-infections ticks can transmit--Babesiosis, both types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma? This is very important. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected, and it may affect treatment choice and progress. The Ehrlichiosis co-infections infect the white blood cells. Some people who have Ehrlichiosis have low white counts.
From what I understand, Quest is not a good lab for this testing. I recommend that you have it done at IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA.
Are you currently being treated? What dose of Doxy did you take?
Hi gemofnj. Being a golfer can put you at risk for tick bites. I am glad you will be seeing a Lyme doctor. From what I understand, 200 mg of Doxy daily is not strong enough for Lyme. When is your appointment?
Be aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx). Often, when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms become worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be very scary when it happens, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. Although it can vary individually, many people experience this at the beginning of treatment and every three to four weeks.
I do not know about a correlation between taking Doxy and getting immunizations. I think immunizations may affect the immune system which could be detrimental when getting treated for Lyme. Definitely talk with the Lyme doctor about this.
Good luck at your appointment! Let us know how it goes, okay?