Hi tpup. What dose of Ceftin are you taking? I don't know if you saw my reply to your other post at http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=1552463 but three weeks of treatment is not long enough even if an infection is caught within two weeks of getting bitten.
Which lab did your Western Blot? It is important to be tested by a Lyme lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. Labs such as Quest and LabCorp do not list two of the Lyme-specific bands that IgeneX does (bands 31 and 34). Your test is positive. It is very important to be tested for all the co-infections mentioned in the other post. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected, and it may affect treatment choice and progress.
Below is the breakdown of the Western Blot bands: 9 cross-reactive for Borrellia12 specific for Bb18 unknown20 cross-reactive for Borrellia21 unknown22 specific for Bb, probably really the 23/25 band23-25 outer surface protein C (OspC), specific for Bb 28 unknown30 unknown; probably an outer surface protein; common in European and one California strain31 outer surface protein A (OspA), specific for Bb34 outer surface protein B (OspB); specific for Bb35 specific for Bb37 specific for Bb38 cross-reactive for Bb39 is a major protein of Bb flagellin; specific for Bb41 flagellin protein of all spirochetes; this is usually the first to appear after a Bb infection and is specific for all Borrellia45 cross-reactive for all Borellia 50 cross-reactive for all Borrellia55 cross-reactive for all Borrellia57 cross-reactive for all Borrellia58 unknown but may be a heat-shock Bb protein60 cross reactive for all Borrellia66 cross-reactive for all Borrelia, common in all bacteria 83 specific antigen for the Lyme bacterium, probably a cytoplasmic membrane93 unknown, probably the same protein in band 83, just migrates differently in some patientsThe IgM tests for a more recent infection and the IgG a longer standing one. Band 41 is often the first to show, and bands 23 and 39 are Lyme specific bands.
It is not unusual to feel worse before feeling better when getting treated for Lyme. Be aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx). Often when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms get worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel worse. It can be scary when it happens, but it is a sign the antibiotics are working. This is probably why you feel worse. During treatment, it is important to document your symptoms daily. One way to do this is to list the main symptoms you have with a numerical rating of their severity from 1-10. Over time when you review this, you can see when your herxes occur and how you are responding to the meds.
I recommend getting an appointment with a Lyme doctor as soon as you can so you can get properly treated. Many of them are booked, so you may want to make an appointment soon. If the one you want to see is booked, ask to be notified of any cancellations so you may get in earlier.
Post Edited (CajunGrl) : 8/6/2009 9:02:22 AM (GMT-6)
I am taking 500 mg of Ceftin, twice daily. I am also taking acidopholus (live, refrigerated) an hour after.
After I took the first Doxy, I got very itchy (face, ears, eyes). Itchy during the night - kept me up. By morning, felt awful - very itchy scalp and ears, felt foggy in the head, heavy chest and slightly tight throat. Symptoms went away upon taking 1 Benadryl. Doc said stop the Doxy and put me on Ceftin.
Post Edited (tpup) : 8/6/2009 8:57:09 AM (GMT-6)
tpup, according to Dr. Burrascano's treatment guidlines (many Lyme doctors follow them) the recommended dose of Ceftin is 2000 mg daily. It is important to get the proper treatment.
Is your appointment with a Lyme doctor soon? If you need a recommendation, feel free to email me.