anemia after 4 months of azithromycin

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seneca
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - I am new to this site, though I have been dealing with Lyme for over 10 years.  I finally found a LLMD in November and was diagnosed with Bartonella.  I just finished 120 days of Zithromax and started Biaxin last week.  On Monday, my CBC came back and showed that I am anemic.  I have never been anemic before.  Has anyone else encountered this or know whether it could be related to the antibiotics?

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Some drugs can cause anemia, but I'm not sure of the specific ones. I would contact your doctor. You can also look up the specific drugs that you are taking to see if any of them have that as a potential side effect. Babesia also can cause anemia. Have you been tested for that?

seneca
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   Posted 4/24/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for replying.  My doctor is very good so I will see what he says.  I am on a lot of medications, but none have changed recently except for the zithromycin and biaxin.  I don't think he tested for babesia because my sysmptoms were so in line with bartonella, but will bring that up at my next appointment, too.

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest that you be tested for any tick borne infection. If you have one, you could have any of the others as well. Off the top of my head, I think there are other tick borne disease that can cause anemia, but I would have thought that the Zithromax would've taken care of those. I could be wrong.

sojourner
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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Seneca,

It is very common for various reasons in the individual for anemia to occur. It should be addressed right away.

There could be several areas related to anemia. IH8Ticks is right to encourage you to talk w/your LLMD about those co-infections if this is not already being addressed.

http://www.ilads.org/about_ILADS/2008_conference.html

http://timeforlyme.org/PDF/TFLpressreleases/Sept08-Lyme-Disease-Co-Infect.pdf

http://www.personalconsult.com/articles/chroniclymecoinfections.html

There are two types of anemia to consider. If your CBC shows a high MCV count, your B-12 levels need to be checked. You could be B-12 anemic. Your Folic Acid should be tested along w/your Ferritin levels. If these are showing depletion, you are most likely iron deficient. Your LLMD should be able to you guide through this.

If your B-12 is deficient, you will need shots to nourish and replenish.

This is a really gr8 reference for explaining what could drive this condition in your body; although Lyme is not specifically mentioned, it is implied through definition regarding chronic immune infection.

By the way, our daughter was born with critical Hemlytic anemia. That was over 18 years ago.
Please ensure that the right accompanying tests are addressed so that you can identify and stack the deck in favor of your RBCs.

Blessings,
Sojourner
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seneca
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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Sojourner, Thank you so much for providing those websites and words of wisdom. While I have been battling this for 11 years, I am realizing this is far from over. I am glad I have found a forum with such knowledgable members with whom to share.

Seneca
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