no, I am not on ab right now;
this is my story so far:
I had a really heavy allergy this spring after working in our garden; pimples everywhere, it was hard to breath, headache, I felt sick; I have hey -fever since I can remember, but I never had experienced it in such a way. It got worse and a week later I saw a doctor; he gave me cortison (shot and cream for my skin) and I was "handed over" to a dermatologist; I have neurodermatitis since years, or the doctors held it for neurodermatitis; the dermatologist examined those locations which had healed over the time and she told me, that it could be Akrodermatitis chronica atrophicans ....last / 3rd stade of lyme borrelosis; she asked me if I could remember a tick bite, yes I could, years ago; they sent me to the bood test, Elisa IgG was positiv and Westernblood IgG was also positiv;
the doctor who gave the interpretation of this test said, that an infection took place, but threatment with antibiotica seemed to have been successful;
........... I and nobody else had ever thought about lyme before...........so I do not know when exactly all this had its silent beginning...
Actually I had several tick bites, the last one (I remember) in spring 2000; I never noticed an em; maybe because I have this hey - fever and I also had a lot of allergies and my skin was always somehow difficult to handle I did not take enough care; I traveled a lot in my life, I have got many vaccinations and I am definitely allergic against penicilin V and G;
a month or so after this tick bit in 2000, I got a could which wasn`t a cold at all in my eyes;
I felt so strange....I missed the door when I wanted to walk through it, for example; everything hurted, especially my knees, there was a thunderstorm in my head, lightnings, I had problems with my eyes, I was swetting during the night, I feld so cold during the day; my doctor was on vacation and her representative said to me something like: we normally do not heal colds with antibiotica! Go home, have a rest; relax, maybe you are overstressed, may be your menopause is starting, (I was 36 years old) and so on; I of course did not mention the tick bit, because I did not remember it and there was nothing which looked like an em.
I went home and I started to take Doxycilin (hyclat), which was always here because we were traveling a lot. I took 400mg / day for nearly 5 weeks - nearly all the pills we had here, untill I had the feeling, I won this mystic fight; I told myself: if this is the end of all my normal days I at least tried everything I can;
maybe this was the best thing I could ever do for me !!! That is what I think in the meanwhile.
Normally I never just or easily take medicine, all the "chemical stuff" - we call it here; I am very much in herbs, I eat organic grown food, try to live in a healthy way.
Since that time I noticed several things which I didn`t know from the time before, like problems with my knee or shoulder, times, when I feel really tired, or "somehow weak", I sometimes have problems to concentrate, and my menopause really seems to have started in 2000... all of this was never really drastic, but it was strange enough that I arranged two general blood controls since 2000 checking organs, rheumatism and so on; the docters always said: well, we are all getting older.
Honestly spoken, I always had the feeling that there was something else (living inside me and fooling around with me), but my body was able to keep it under control;
so - that is the story till today....... the docters involved now said, no ab at the moment and hopefully we don`t need them in the futere.... but they don`t know what to say to a revaccination against yellow fever which I need to have for a job in africa next year, in case I really want to go.
Oh, Goodness! - this got long now!!! hopefully I did not write too many mistakes and nonsense here .... anyway who ever made similar experiences please let me know!! I am happy for information and there are still a lot of questions I do have.
and for you, goodoldtimes, I wish you to get the best possible treatment even if you are in the states right now!!! Why is this so difficult for those who need medicin !?!?
toll, dass du deutsch kannst, vielleicht kann ich dich fragen, wenn ich mit meinem Englisch am Ende bin !!
ja, es ist einfacher in Deutschland, but the lyme -community here often seems to lose hope in a life without ab, that makes me so sad...!