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Old 07-17-2009, 07:29 AM   #1
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My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

Hello. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease 2 weeks ago (had the typical bullseye rash and headaches) but no other symptons. I was hiking about a month ago so assume this is when I was bit by the infected tick. I was prescribed 100mg of Doxycycline to be taken every 12 hours for 2 weeks. The 2 weeks have passed and I still have the rash (although it has faded significantly). Should I be concerned? I live in a lyme disease prone area of LI so figured my local doctor would know how to treat it, but I'm concerned as most posts seem to suggest that 2 weeks is not long enough. Any thoughts?

 
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

2 weeks is not enough. You need to find a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. What you doc gave you is the typical protocol for Lyme.

Take pictures of your rash and find a LLMD.
The longer you wait to see a lyme specialist the longer it will take to get better. There are 3 stages to a spirokett bacteria. You need to kill off all 3 stages.

You also need to be tested for co-infections.

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Old 07-18-2009, 05:45 AM   #3
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

Thanks Jodie. I'm going to find a LLMD. Reading some of the stories on this message board I see how bad things can get if Lyme disease goes untreated. Thanks again for your advice.'

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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

HI Chris, things that I have learned.
Lyme is in the syphillis family. And it is even "worse" than syphillis. There are 300 to 400 different strains.

Make sure you take a picture of your rash. This is very very important. That is your "proof" that you have lyme. Keep the pictures.
Testing for lyme is not accurate. There are a few reasons for this. One is the bacteria does not like oxygen so it hides out of the blood stream into tissue, muscle, bone, organs, (brain).
And then because there are so many strains of it they just don't have the testing for it.
Then you have the doctors that say you need to have certain amount of bands to have a positive test. Which is not true!
So snap away and get those pictures of your rash.

Yes many of us have had horrer stories with this stuff. Some people die from lyme or are in wheel chairs, mental hospitals, care homes...ect. It is nothing to be messed with.
It is a very political disease. No one wants to treat you. Or they treat with improper protocols such as yours.
We can not share Lyme Doctors names on the boards beings they are targeted for lawsuits.
If you would like to get doctors names you will need to turn on your private messaging.

Also Lyme can be transmitted sexually, blood transfusions, parent to baby, ....
They say that once you have the spirokette bacteria in you, it will always be there. But that is so true for many bacterias and viruses. A person needs to keep their immune system up to keep these critters at bay.

I wish you luck in getting to a doctor to treat you with the right protocol.
Some people use Samento, or other natural products.
I did both or anything I could afford.

You also need to be tested for Babesia, Bartonella, Erichliosis, Mycoplasma, Chlamydia Pnumoniae.
Also you need to have your titers for Epstein Barr, Cytomeglovirus checked. These ar in the herpe family and we all have them. But when our immune system breaks down they take over. You will need to be checked for other herpes also.

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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

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Thanks Jodie. I'm going to find a LLMD. Reading some of the stories on this message board I see how bad things can get if Lyme disease goes untreated. Thanks again for your advice.'

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I would suggest that you return to the Dr and request another month of doxy.

 
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

Thanks Jodie and Duncan. I went to see another doctor and received a month of doxycycline from him. That gives me 6 weeks total. Hopefully that should do the trick. Will get tested 8 weeks after I'm done with the Doxcycling and I'f I still have lyme will find an LLMD and take it from there. THanks for your posts,

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Thanks Jodie and Duncan. I went to see another doctor and received a month of doxycycline from him. That gives me 6 weeks total. Hopefully that should do the trick. Will get tested 8 weeks after I'm done with the Doxcycling and I'f I still have lyme will find an LLMD and take it from there. THanks for your posts,

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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

I have same problem now - My doctor only prescribed 2 weeks of Dox and will not give me anymore.

Does anyone know any LLMD's on Long Island (or even NY City) ?

 
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

BillyBoob, look at the top where it says...."Annoucments" and follow the steps to start a new thread requesting a doctor nearest you.

2 weeks is NEVER enough for Lyme.

Lyme is in the syhpllis family. It is 7 times stronger than syphillis. There are 300-400 strains of Lyme bacteria.

It is nothing to ignore.

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Old 08-23-2009, 04:14 PM   #10
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

I agree! Two weeks is ABSOLUTELY not enough. Two months with early Lyme might not even be enough. The 200mg that the original poster spoke of is far too low as well in my humble opinion!!

 
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

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BillyBoob, look at the top where it says...."Annoucments" and follow the steps to start a new thread requesting a doctor nearest you.

2 weeks is NEVER enough for Lyme.

Lyme is in the syhpllis family. It is 7 times stronger than syphillis. There are 300-400 strains of Lyme bacteria.

It is nothing to ignore.

Jodie
Hi jodie not to sound mean but could you please provide the links for the claims you make above i am well aware of the family that lyme is part of and that their are multiple strains but i would like to see the proof of the bacteria strength

 
Old 10-19-2009, 10:29 AM   #12
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

Does anyone know what the maximum Oral dose of Doxycycline is per day (or what is the largest Oral dose you ever heard of) ?

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Old 10-19-2009, 10:38 AM   #13
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

I'm also from LI. The life cycle for Lyme is ~30 days. You need to take medication continuously for > 30 days. As a minimum I believe medication should be at least 45 days. Don't stop if you can and see a better doctor immediately, particularly an LLMD and particularly if you have any symptoms you don't understand develop. There aren't many doctors that know what they're doing when it comes to Lyme. I've been screwed by the idiots and now have all kinds of terrible symptoms I didn't initially have and fear I may now be chronic.

 
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

All Feedback appreciated. Anyone have a similar situation and recovered ?
Anyone not be cured with Dox and then switch to some other Med and be cured ?

I'm on a path with an LLMD but I think I may be screwed up now and maybe permanently. I was actually screwed up twice by two doctors before finding an LLMD.
1st Dr put me on Dox for 2 weeks. Then I was off for 6 days getting all kinds of joint and bone pains I never had before. Then the second doctor put me on Dox for only 4 days. Each of these times I found improvement (much moreso the first time on Dox). After this it took a long time (almost a month) before I could be seen by an LLMD. He's got me on 400mg/day of Dox for a little over a month. It doesn't seem to be doing much which concerns me greatly.

pandora1201 - thanks for feedback. never was able to find anyhting on my page called "Announcement". never figured out why. maybe browser used?

 
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Re: My dr only prescribed doxycycline for 2 weeks. Is this enough?

Any mainstream doctor will say that was sufficient. I personally think lyme is becoming resistant to doxycycline and if you had a second treatment of a different family would be the safest, the macroglides are very effective. It's possible if you have an open minded doctor he will help you, but otherwise find a LLMD.

 
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