| | is this STARI or Lyme? Is tx correct?
I found a tick on my back 16 days ago, and my husband checked the bite for the first two days afterward. I didn't think another thing about it, even when it itched off and on, until today I saw a red ring around it. (I had looked once or twice myself prior to today and didn't see a ring.)
Went to Vanderbilt Walk-In Clinic yesterday and the doc said she's not 100% convinced it's Lyme's. She thinks it's an allergic reaction. But she called in 2 weeks of Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily 14 days. Nurse practitioner sent off my blood to be tested, first with igg iga (?) test and then if positive, western blot. She says the results will be back in 3-4 days, at which time I can stop the antibiotics if it's negative for Lyme's, or complete the two weeks if it's positive.
a) I read that allergic rashes usually show up within 72 hours of the bite and go away within a few days. This is not the case with me.
b) is two weeks of doxycycline enough? I've had only two doses so far. Will the disappearance of red ring indicate it's working? (it's still there)
c) does someone know a LLMD in the Nashville area?
Other symptoms are fatigue, strange neck popping. In retrospect, I realize that my mouth has been exceptionally dry off an on (which I attributed to depression meds) for the past couple of weeks and my left ear has been hurting (which I attributed to the fact that my t-tube has fallen out but is still in my very small ear canal). I see the ear doc Tuesday to take care of that.
Last edited by moderator2; 10-10-2012 at 09:48 AM.