The first time was 4 weeks - no improvement. I had been sick for 17 mos. finally treated with oral doxy, went back to work and then relapsed. After the relapse I had my first 4 week dose of IV Rocephin. At this point I had been sick for a total of 2 years and 4 mos.
The second time, when I returned to my inital LLDr. (I should have never left him), I was put on IV Rocephin again for approx. 6 weeks - no improvement. At this point I had been sick 7 years and 4 mos.
The latest round was 10 weeks of IV Rocephin which I did between August 2008 through October 2008 - I didn't feel like I was having much improvement, but when he took me off of the IV this time, I really crashed and burned. I have had a rough time since which makes me kinda want to go back on the IV for a longer period of time. I just have a sneaky suspicion that I'm going to be one of those long-term IV abx LD patients, but I don't care as long as it works! - for this round of IV's, I had been sick for 8 years and 2 mos.
In between all of this I have been on oral abxs... and I even tried the MD/ND route which was not successful for me.
Now I'm on Rifampin and Levaquin - which I happen to be tolerating really well - I know alot of people have touble with the Levaquin. Anyway, my LLDr. is going to keep me on this combination for 6 mos.
We'll get through today - Jennifer
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, 08/25/08 - 10 weeks of IV Rocephin, my first visit to a Pain Mgmt. dr. - she was non-judgemental and will not prescribe me any "opiates" which in the end, is probably a good thing. Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Rozerem 8mg, Darvocet, Acidophilus, Rifampin 600mg, Levaquin 500mg, Lyrica 150 to 300mg,
Medicare/SSDI theme song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w
"How much more can I take?", song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs