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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/17/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone:
I noticed a bullseye rash on my side in early May of this year (believe I was bitten mid to late April) and was immediately given doxycycline for 21 days, twice a day.  Around late May I began experiencing persistent, almost non-stop twitching in one forearm.  My doctor then prescribed cephalexin 3 times a day for 10 days.  The twitching continued for about 2 weeks, then it slowed down and has not been in my forearm since. 
Anyhow, I still get random twitches just about everywhere in my body at about an average of once per 2-3 minutes I would guess.  Although it is not quite as severe as it was, I'm worried that it has been going on for almost 2 months with no real signs of slowing down.  My first blood test in May was negative for lyme, but my 2nd in June was positive. 
I'm hoping I caught this early and can avoid any major problems, but the twitching really worries me that it could get worse.  I've been off of antibiotics since early June. 
Does anyone else have muscle twitching?  If so, how long did it take to finally go away?  I feel I caught this early enough to hopefully avoid any major symptoms, but this twitching is driving me nuts!

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 7/17/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Josh,

Welcome to the Lyme forum, sorry that you have the need to be here. It is good that you caught it early and started treatment right away. You may want to see a LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor) to get checked for additional co-infections and to make sure that your antibiotic treatment was adequate. I also experience muscle twitching and spasms, mine started about 3 months ago after starting on antibiotics again. The twitches were very strong and regular for a while but are now less frequent.   I'm hoping that they continue to wane and disappear altogether.

I'm not sure what causes this but know how annoying it can be.   Maybe a few others will chime in here with some more info. Take care.

Peace and Healing
Lyme Disease - Doxycyline, IV-Rocephin, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Ceftin.

Post Edited (betterhealth) : 7/17/2010 12:50:42 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/17/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Lots of vitamin B and magnesium helps reduce twitches. good luck they are annoying!

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   Posted 7/17/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have had a lot of muscle twitching. At one point, my "twitches" got so bad that I was giving myself black-eyes!!

IMHO I don't believe that you have had enough treatment to rid your body of the Lyme Disease - most knowledgeable docs will treat for a few months at least. The basic time line that is followed -from what I have read- is 2 months after all symptoms have resolved.

I agree with Betterhealths' suggestion that you get in to see a LLMD. With Lyme Disease it's always better to be safe than sorry!!
-Live simply- Love generously- Care deeply- Speak kindly. May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.

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   Posted 7/18/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the replies everyone. I really hope this improves

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   Posted 7/18/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
are there any particular vitamin B or magnesium supplements you would recommend?
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