posted a while back about tick bite.. took the doxy and still ill..

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   Posted 10/24/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I got bitten at the end of July. Luckily (i thought), I was tuned into this stuff and knew to take 400mg doxy for a few months. Unfortuantly, the joint pains persist, my feet ache, my lips go numb some days, my eyes are sensitive to motion and the glands under my mouth still get twinges of pain occasionally. None of this is as bad/interfering as it sounds - my symptoms are usually relatively mild - its more the worry of it inevitably getting worse. I saw a lyme doctor and he just told me to go on with the doxy, which I'm doing. I was sent a letter by the hospital reccommending I get tested for bartonella (because I also got bitten by my cat a month before the tick bite and still have the rash from it, so it could be from either that or the tick). I'm going to try and persuade my regular GP to get that organised for me, before I decide to pay for it.

After typing that I've realised I'm not sure what my question is. I guess I'm wondering if its unusual that I was on doxy for apparently the right amount of time and am still experiencing symptoms.

Another thing is, I wanted to ask about the possibility of reactive arthritis. I've had a bit of cytitis too, so some of my symptoms fit with Reiter's syndrome. Are tick-borne diseases known to cause reactive arthiritis?

ps. my initial "flu-like illness" when this all started involved a fever that came and went every night and a total lack of appetite.

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   Posted 10/24/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   

When I read that your feet were hurting, the first thing I thought of was Bartonella. It would actually be a good idea to test for all co-infections because if you still feel ill, there's probably a co-infection involved.

Here is all co-infections you should be tested for: Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia/Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, Rickettsia, Rocky Mountain Spotted

I got scratched by a kitten a few years ago and had flu-like symptoms with swollen glands the next day. I didn't know it was Bartonella at the time. Now, it's gotten into my CNS and it's definitely not fun, so get tested and get that taken care of. The usual treatment for Bartonella is either Levaquin or Rifampin.
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