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IH8Ticks
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. I just joined the forum. I probably have a million questions, but I'll start with this one.

First, I'll start with a little background. I have lyme and babesia, and who knows what else. I've been sick for about 2 years. I've had some success with various antibiotics, but therein lies the problem.

I've had gastrointestinal (GI) problems for about 10 years now. My most common symptom is nausea. I've been tested a few times for h. pylori, but I'm always negative. My GI issues came on very suddenly. about 6 months after I became ill, I had to take Cipro for a UTI. It was only for 5 days, but it made my stomach feel perfect. The problem is that none of the doctors I've ever told about it seem to believe me. Anyway, that's a side issue, but I've always thought that maybe I was infected with something.

My biggest problem with my lyme, etc. treatment is my GI issues. I can't seem to tolerate most medications. The latest problem I've had is with Zithromax. I originally took it with doxy about a year ago. I developed severe intestinal issues and had to stop taking both. It turned out that the problem was mostly due to the fact that the antibiotics made me lactose intolerant. This past Fall my symptoms came back with a vengeance, and I was put on Zithromax again. I was on it for over 3 months without problems, and my symptoms were improving, but I recently started to have intestinal issues and had to stop taking everything. I'm currently on Flagyl to deal with that issue, although I tested negative for c. diff.

My doctor has me on Theralac. I'm not sure how much it helps. I've noticed that different products have different probiotics in them. It makes sense to me to take multiple products to get a variety. What do other people take? Has anyone tried Align? What about Kefir? The Kefir has a bunch of different things in it. It sounds promising, but it has a small amount of alcohol in it. The flagyl has major warnings not to take it with alcohol, so if I take Kefir, I'll wait until after I'm done with that course.

Thanks in advance for your help.

rvnut
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you getting enough fiber? That could make a big difference. Also, try slippery elm bark to calm the nausea.

IH8Ticks
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure I'm not getting enough fiber. Fruits and vegetables are irritants to my stomach and intestines. I eat way too many carbohydrates, but that's because they're mild on my GI tract.

firefly16's Mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 1/7/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   

IH8Ticks,

     You need to find out how well your stomach is working.  My daughter has gastro-paresis, her stomach does not contract any more.  This is a result of long un-dx of lyme.  The test that checkes this is called a stomach emptying test.  When my daughter first started having problems it went in cycles, every six months or so.  Good luck I hope this helps.


Lyme Mom for 10 years, looking forward to a lyme free life for all.

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