Hi all, I just joined the forum. I am currently on my 4th round of antibiotics after being diagnosed with Lymes disease a little over a month ago. I basically diagnosed myself after suffering repeated bouts of left sided neuritis mainly in my left arm, ribs, side and breast. When I began having flu like symptoms with general malaise, fever and lack of energy, the alarms went off and I remembered noticing a bulls eye rash on my stomach last fall after receiving numerous tick bites while clearing debris off our property in north eastern Missouri. The doctor was ready to start doing useless CT scans on me when I called him and casually asked if there could be a connection between my symptoms and the tick bites.
BINGO! I was immediately put on Doxy and a month later went through about
18 different tests including the Western Block test. I had one titer come back positive, and while not conclusive, ( he said that took 10 positive titers )my doctor said that given the fact that I had the rash, had the bites and had the symptoms, that was conclusive enough for him and reason enough to continue treatment.
Soooooo, after 5 weeks on Doxy, I am on my second ten day round of Amoxicillin and feeling gradually better after each round of antibiotics. I went through something similar to this many years ago when I was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever and I am a nurse so I recognized the unmistakable signs of a bacterial infection and know how persistent they can be.
I'm hopeful that after this round I can back off on treatment. At this time I'm no longer running fever, my thinking isn't quite as fuzzy, I'm only having twinges of neuralgia instead of continuous raw nerve agony I was experiencing and my energy levels, while not great, are better.
I may be a nurse but I'm new to this Lyme nightmare. How good can I expect to feel? I have a suspicion that like Rheumatic Fever, it likes to shall we say hang around and torment you from time to time. Every local person I know who has had Lyme disease tells me I caught it early so I should be able to eradicate it. This has been going on for almost a year now though and frankly, it can go away any time it wants to!!!
I was also wondering how many Missourites are out there, especially NEMOs who have close encounters of the tick side and lived to tell about
What's your best defense? Seems as tthough no matter what I spray on me one trip out to check our fields or fish and I'm finding new ticks on me.
My general opinion is that all ticks need to painfully die but I know that's impossible. SO what have you found to be the best insecticide to use?
Thanks in advance for any information you can pass on.
I was lucky that I have a doctor who listens to me!