Alfers..yes I started to see Dr. F. Why do you ask? Now you have me curious.
IM Rocephin only has a half life of about 10 hours, so one would probably need a shot every day, which kind of makes IV a better choice.
Kendal - How does any take a bicillin shot more then once a week...the needle is the biggest one possible for an IM shot....I hate my shot once a week.
Google IM Rocephin...there are plenty of pharma sites with it listed. I'm thinking maybe a possible treatment could be IM rocephin every other day with ceftin or another ABX on the other days.
Thanks for the input. I agree the best route for Rocephin is IV, but I think you are underselling it's ability to help. From all the research I read Rocephin has helped plenty of lyme patients. The difference between Rocephin and Bicillin as pointed out by Dr. F was that Rocephin is effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, while bicillin is only effective against one.
Personally, I saw more improvement in a week's worth of ceftin (rocephin ABX family) then all 5 weeks of bicillin. I can also say that for the last 3 days the diflucan has been kicking my butt. Dr. F had most of his information in print and offered to make copies for me. He also had patient improvement charts written in the patient's handwriting. Also, your theory that we all are dealing with much more then Lyme is the cornerstone of Dr. F's treatment. I'm not defending him as the "end all be all" of LLMD, just pointing out some of the things I experienced with him.
I agree with you that Lyme is not a one size fits all, but saying one way is wrong and another is right is contradicting that statement.
PS - There is NO WAY I could keep track of all that stuff if I had to take it. I don't know how you do it. I take 1/20th of the stuff you take and have trouble remembering it day to day.
Thanks again for the info!
I've decided to stick with the bicillin for now. If I don't see any results after 4 months (per Derek's advice,) then I'm going to request for IV rocephin. The truth of the matter is, I'm really starting to hate the IM injections for the bicillin...since they are the biggest needles one can use for an IM injection. At this point, I'd rather have a PICC (I think and a stronger dose of medicine.
Bcaring, are you seeing Dr. S in NJ?
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