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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have recently discovered that there is a 4 inch in diameter bulls-eye rash on my lower back. Looks kinda like a bruise. ( above that are about about 7 smaller circles that are about in inch in diameter. Not exactly bulls-eys though. Im going to the doctor today but am worried that they will not give me medication or medication for the right amount of time. [/img][/IMG] (In not sure if this will work to see the picture) I've been researching on this subject and its getting me more and more nervous. Lifting weights is a huge part of my life and from what i read on lyme disease it would put a serious damper on that.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
If I was you I would make sure the doc does a lyme test for sure. just in what I have read your best chance to bet lymes is early testing and treatment.

Good Luck.

RottenDog (RD)

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   Posted 4/27/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi AVD1000, welcome to the board!

Although only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash, a bulls-eye rash is a definite sign of Lyme disease.  The rash alone merits treatment.  Make sure you get photos of your rash, it is important documentation.  Place something near it, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size defintion.  I could not open the link you posted. 

Early infections are the easiest to cure.  I cannot stress this enough.  No test is completely reliable, and most people test negative early in the infection.  It is important to see a knowledgeable doctor.  Many doctors do not understand Lyme and follow outdated treatment protocols.  From what I understand, an infection caught within two weeks of the bite needs a  minimum of six weeks of treatment of the proper dose antibiotic.  Most doctors typically undertreat.

Below is a Lyme symptom list.  You can have any combination of symptoms. 

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma.  Many people who have Lyme are co-infected.  It may affect treatment choice and progress.  It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA.  

If you need a doctor recommendation, you can email me at 

It is also important to learn as much as possible.  I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2008 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at  He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the books "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D. and "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.  

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