You say you finished your 2 week course of Doxy 200mg. Does this imply you were taking 200mg per day for fourteen days? If so this seems to be a bit on the light side. I hope your GP will extend your treatment until all your symptoms are gone. Do not be surprised if she does not want to treat longer than the fourteen days however. Your best chance of ridding yourself of this disease before it possibly becomes chronic, is to see a doctor who specializes in Lyme disease, not all doctors are properly trained on how to diagnose, and treat Lyme disease. Some doctors will not want to treat you using long term ABX, and will only treat you for the standard fourteen days, if this length of ABX does not eradicate the disease, and no further treatment is given, you could develop chronic Lyme. Keep in mind ticks also carry other diseases, Anaplasmosis, Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, and others, if you are infected with these, and are not tested and treated for these conditions, you could remain sick after being treated for Lyme.
I contracted Lyme disease, and the co-infections Bartonella, and Ehrlichiosis in the spring of 2006. I am an avid hiker, and fisherman. I spent a four day weekend waking through wooded areas, and tall grasses portaging from one lake to another fishing. Throughout the weekend I pulled some where between 20 to 30 ticks from my body. Many of them were the nymph (young) ticks, very hard to see.
I am still fighting to regain my health, I remember when I was pulling the ticks from my body, I thought to myself make sure you remove them all, or you may get Lyme disease. However I figure if I did contract the disease, I always heard you can rid yourself of it with a couple weeks of ABX.....was I ever wrong
Here is part of my story, I have not updated this in a while however. My former LLMD retired this year, I am currently waiting to see a new LLMD after the new year. I still battle this disease daily. Hope this helps.
You may also like to read other patient stories at this site.
Post Edited (Cheezhead) : 12/25/2009 6:39:14 PM (GMT-7)