I got bit by a black-legged tick about a month ago.
I started feeling bad, joint pain, swolen glands, fatigue, weakness...
Recognized the symptoms as my girlfriend has Lyme.
Went to a doctor a week ago. Took a blood test and started 200Mg Doxy/Day. Test came back positive today. (Nurse said "Trace Amounts" whatever that means).
So...today I have been reading. Now I have Questions:
I think I caught this early. Obviously, I hope to knock this sucker out. I doubt it is possible, everyone I know with Lyme suffer "flare-ups".
I read everywhere that if caught early, Lyme can be eradicated. Is that just false hope?
What exactly is happening when someone who has completed their antibiotics has a Lyme "flare-up"?
Does this mean that bb has reactivated?
Are the symptoms of a flare up also herxing?
If someone has flare ups, does this mean they should be tested and receive further treatment or are flare ups just a reality?
(PS: I quess it could mean that there could be babesia or bartonella)
From what I gather, herxing is symptoms associated with the killing of bacteria.
Quackwatch tries to debunk herxing.
I feel like I have experienced this. My symptoms seem to get worse after my dose of Doxy
(Huge topic, starter questions for now)
Burrascano recommends many vitamin supplements. My Doc said not to take vitamins, as calcium and magnesium could inhibit the absorption of Doxy.
Should I avoid vitamins while on Doxy?
I am feeling better. If the Doxy works, do I just wait to see what happens in the long term, or do i consider myself immune comprimised and begin treating myself as such?
If the Doxy doesn't work, is the next step to be tested for babesia or bartonella?
Cat's Claw: I am interested in trying this. By taking this and herxing, are we killing bb bacteria, will just continue to do so as the colonies regrow?
Is the long-term treatment of Lyme best summarized as a daily struggle to support and maintain a healthy immune system and treat reoccurrances?