Lyme Symptoms starting to come back? Should I begin Doxy pills on my own?

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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I was treated for Lyme back in Sept. for 4 weeks Amoxicillin 3x/day. I felt better towards the end of the treatment and have been doing okay but 2 weeks ago my neck started hurting bad and had a headache that lasted for a week. Within the past couple of days I have started sweating at night again, I feel like I have hypoglycemia because in the mornings I am weak with blurried vision and don't feel better until I drink OJ., and insomnia has started also. I called my primary doc and she referred me to an Infectious Disease Specialist. I know a lot of people here have LLMD but I'm unsure if they are covered by insurance. I'm a single parent and can't handle anything out of pocket. cry
Initially my doc prescribed Doxy for me but after the 1st two days since my reaction was extreme tiredness which I later figured out may have been a herx reaction. Should I go ahead and start taking the Doxy again while I wait to get my referral cleared for the Specialist? I feel so out of control as far as my health goes and don't know the right path to getting better.
Last question....I have read how people are taking long-term antibiotics. Is this safe? I developed a yeast infection and had vaginal dryness for awhile after stopping the meds. What can happen if you're on meds for even longer?

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   Posted 12/31/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm thinking if I had this to do over again, I'd go totally naturalpath. I HATE being addicted or seemingly addicted to antibiotics. Something to think about VirginiaLady! Hindsight is 20/20.

I would have liked to see if I could have healed naturally. Seems like I developed new crap with the antibiotics and have seen limited improvement and feel it's possible to have a lifetime addiction due to going this route.

Any and all thoughts welcome...jury is still out for me. Just upped my dose.

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   Posted 1/1/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I took abx for 5 months and then switched to the herbal. The herbs worked for a while but then I relapsed. They were extremely expensive - $200-300 a month. When I look back on what I spent, I could have gone to the LLMD that I avoided because of the expense, even though the nearest one is 900 miles away. I am now taking the "leftovers" of my doxy. I don't know what to believe any more but many of the LLMD's have lyme themselves and have an invested interests in finding out what really works. It is my sad opinion that the promise of a cure is a gold mine and quacks are everywhere.

You have to be very careful while on abx. Don't eat sugar and limit your carbs - no white bread, potatoes or other starchy food which the yeast thrive on. No alcohol. Eat a lot of vegetables. Take a probiotic every day in between your abx. Irregardless of what form you treatment you use, you must have an excellent diet and supplement magnesium, zinc and B vitamins which are depleted.

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   Posted 1/1/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
You have to take a probiotic 2 or 3 hours prior or after you take the antibiotic so as not to interfere with the drug. An LLMD can explain -- if you need one. Or the referral doctor can... But anyway, drink 8 to 10 glasses of water too. That seems to help as well. Take a cranberry pill...I do and that helps a lot ! Stick to whole foods -- nothing processed -- that helps A LOT!

There are a few in Virginia LLMDs w/ ILADS who take insurance. Actually there are two. I've seen them both and they are GREAT doctors...But then once you go that route, you're kinda possibly in the system. They tell you it doesn't go away and there is no cure. They are both awesome doctors, but like my name I'm still not giving up and I'm still

Hoping For a Cure!!!!
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