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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/29/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I just found this site while searching for a doctor that can diagnois Lymes.  I live in Damascus and would love to find out who Dr. J is.  Can someone send me a private message with his name and phone number?

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4717
   Posted 6/29/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the board! I'm gonna bump this message up so someone sees it.
2003 symptoms started;panic attacks,anxiety,heightened senses.
2007 Diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008 symptoms came back with a vengence.
2009 Diagnosed with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Biaxin 250mg to start,Mepron,Ultram,Thyro Complex 60mg,Probiotics and supplements

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 1013
   Posted 6/29/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   

you may want to go into your options and change your settings on your email. so others can email you any info they have.
still looking for answers.
Remember that advice if free, its your choice what you do with it.  :)

New Member

Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/29/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey RD thanks for the advice!  I didn't realized my email address was not available.  It's been fixed.



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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 9208
   Posted 6/30/2009 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi LabLady, welcome to the board!

How long were you sick before getting diagnosed?  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

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor.  Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols.  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.  Have been tested for all of these?  

You can email me at for doctor recommendations and support in Europe.

Are you familiar with the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx)?  Often when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms get worse or they get new ones.  When the antibiotics kill the bacteria toxins are released making them feel worse.  It can be scary, but it is a sign the antibiotics are working.  During treatment it is important to document your symptoms daily.  One way to do this is to list the main symptoms you have each day with a numerical rating of their severity from 1-10.  Over time when you review this, you can see when your herxes occur and how you are responding to the meds. 

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.   He discusses antibiotics and doses starting on page 18.   I also recommend the books "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D.

New Member

Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/30/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Well, over the past few years I have gone to a phyciatrist for depression, a neurologist for dizziness, an orthopedist for neck and shoulder pain, had a sleep study done because I can sleep for 10 - 12 hours and wake up fatigue, and a hemotologist to see if something shows up in blood tests.  I even told the hemotologist about tick bites, but she told me that I would have to go back to my PCP - that she was testing for other things.

A little bit about me:

I raise and train labrador retrievers for competition (AKC field trials), so I spend most of my time outdoors.  As a result, I have been biten by MANY ticks - at least 10 times so far this year.  None of the above doctors can find anything wrong with me except for "old age" arthritis (I am 61 years old) and possible side effects from some of the drugs I take - which I have been taking for many, many years.  Synthroid for my thyroid, Crestor for colesteral, 2 meds for depression and requip for RLS.

However, after finding this forum on Lymes, I think I need to find a doctor that will actually test me for it - since none of the others will listen.

Damascus MD
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