Hi RottenDog. Is your doctor only going to give you four weeks of IV antibiotics? This typically is not long enough. What meds are you on now and have you been on? Were you tested for the co-infections?
As ktp812 stated, getting a port requires surgery. Getting a PICC line does not. The port is surgically impanted under the skin in the chest area above the heart. It has to be accessed with a needle to do infusions. Even though the skin area can be numbed before the needle is put in, it can still hurt. If someone does infusions five days a week, the needle stays in the port for those five days. It is reinserted each week. Ports are typically used for long-term infusions.
The PICC line can be done in an out-patient facility and typically takes only a few minutes. There is a netting type bandage that will keep it secure on your arm. You do not need to access it with a needle through your skin.
Good luck at your appointment tomorrow.
Hi RottenDog. Did this doctor test you for Lyme and the co-infections? In my non-medical opinion, it is very important to be tested for the co-infections also. Many Lyme doctors believe the co-infections need to be treated first for Lyme treatment to be effective.
From what I understand, thirty days of treatment is not typically long enough for Lyme especially if you have had it for some time. Of course it depends on the person's symptoms and severity, but orals are often used first because they can be effective, they are less expensive, and they are less risky.
If you need a doctor recommendation, feel free to email me.