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    Old 11-23-2003, 06:39 AM   #1
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    How important is no carbs?

    Hi, This is my first time posting. My husband was diagosed on Tuesday for Lyme and babeosis. He is on Minocycline and Mepron. Dr says no sugar, no carbs... no bread, no rice, no potatoes. He already misses his breakfast cereal. Is it the yeast in the bread or the flour. I'm confused. I appreciated any advice.

     
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    Old 11-23-2003, 01:29 PM   #2
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    Please be careful with minocycline, I don't want to alarm you, but if your husband develops headaches or unusual noises inside his head, discontinue that medication. It can cause blindness in a small percentage of cases. I don't know the answer to the rest of your question, but when I read your posting, I thought I better pass along that warning.

     
    Old 11-24-2003, 04:10 AM   #3
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    Please be careful with minocycline, I don't want to alarm you, but if your husband develops headaches or unusual noises inside his head, discontinue that medication. It can cause blindness in a small percentage of cases. I don't know the answer to the rest of your question, but when I read your posting, I thought I better pass along that warning.
    Thank you for that comment. My husband has had headaches twice and I am going to call the doctor today. I didn't know that was a danger sign. Thank you
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    Old 11-24-2003, 06:05 AM   #4
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    Your doctor may dismiss your husband's headaches as not serious. I have an article published in the Hartford Courant 07/27/03 that I can fax to you about minocycline. Or you can access the Courant archives yourself and look for the article titled Listening for Zebras. It is about a woman whose daughter was taking minocycline and almost lost her sight - the doctors all ignored her pleas for help. The Courant charges 2.50 per article and they will email it to you. I hope he is not having this side effect but it is something you should be aware of. Is this treatment being used for lyme disease?

     
    Old 11-24-2003, 06:08 AM   #5
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    I see that you do live in Connecticut, so do I. Also reread your posting to see that your husband does have lyme disease and babesiosis. What part of the state are you in? I am curious because I have had lyme disease since August and my medications did not completely eliminate the symptoms. You might be able to help me with more information and how to contact your husband's doctor. I live about 20 minutes south east of Hartford. I am not sure if I am supposed to give my location on this board.

     
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    Hi PLM CT! Babesiosis is caused by a protozoa and is similar to malaria. It is treated with an anti-malarial together with an antibiotic. When Mepron (anti-malarial) is used, it is necessary to use the antibiotic Zithromax (sometimes Biaxin) or resistance could develop. Please talk to your husband's doctor about this. Headaches are a big symptom of Babesiosis and can be a symptom of Lyme also.

    The Mepron and Zithromax worked well for my Babesiosis but I needed to treat it long-term.

    I think a lot of people who have Lyme restrict carbs and sugar because it can lead to big yeast problems. Make sure your husband takes acidophilus while on antibiotics. The best kind to get are the ones that are refrigerated. You can buy them at most health food stores. Wait at least two hours between taking the antibiotic and the acidophilus or the antibiotic will not be absorbed properly.

    Hang in there okay?

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    Old 11-26-2003, 07:42 AM   #7
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    We live in Fairfield county, CT. The doctor is a specialist and is in Westport. I would be happy to give out his name and number if I could figure out how to send you a private message. I don't want to get in trouble for putting the name on the board. I'm new to the boards. I am also getting great support and advice from reading this board. This is a hard time, I worry so much about my husband. I also believe I have Lyme... one thing at a time.

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    Old 11-26-2003, 12:27 PM   #8
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    PLM CT, Thanks for the reply and I do not know how to contact you directly either. I don't think it's allowed on the boards. I live in the Hebron, Colchester, Marlborough area. My local doctor is not considered a lyme doctor. Monday I am seeing another specialist at Middlesex Hospital, a rheumatologist. I guess all we can do is help each other with information. There are some very knowledgable people on this board.

     
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