If you have the bullseye rash- does that mean Lyme?

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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I'm new here. Forgive me if I am in the wrong place. I don't really understand forums and how they work,but I'm trying :)
I guess I was bit in Vermont about 5-6 months ago? Never saw a tick but got a perfect bullseye rash that took me about two weeks before getting checked out.I didn't know what it was until someone(my boss) saw it and gasped "that's Lyme" went to the Dr. The doctor said "oh yes, that's Lyme"and started me on doxycycline right away. I took it twice a day for 20 days. I was very very Ill before going to the doctor but the meds made it worse. Face swelling, headaches, and I have never ever felt so tired. Not even when suffering mono. I always have joint pain. So I guess I didn't associate it. Anyways, the meds eventually helped. The rash disappeared, got energy back and the swelling went away. So, do you think I def had Lyme? Am I cured? Can it come back? I feel fine 6 months later. But just wanted to make sure I shouldn't be doing more. Since I never saw the tick, I have no clue when or if I was even bit? I don't have a doctor or insurance so I was hoping to educate myself as best I can. Im a struggling youngster as my mom would say. I just wanted to make sure that I did or do have Lyme? Just because I had the rash and symptoms? I can say, if it was/is Lyme, the few weeks of symptoms destroyed me and my life and I do not know how anyone could deal with this for years and things like I reading. My heart goes out to you. Much love and prayers for all of you. Thank you for reading.

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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Lyme is the only thing known to cause a Bull's Eye rash, so you certainly had Lyme. If you are completely symptom-free, then be very thankful. The reason you got sicker from the Doxycycline is because the bacteria release all sorts of nasty stuff when they die from the antibiotic.

Yes, it may come back if you weren't given high enough dose of Doxy. and if your immune system becomes challenged by something else (a trauma, another illness, etc.) The CDC-recommended amount of Doxy is usually about half what is really needed. And many more well-informed doctors give a longer course of antibiotics than 20 days just to make sure the bacteria are fully killed.

You might want to check out the thread at the top of the forum for those who are New to Lyme, as there may be some helpful information there.

Take care,

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   Posted 12/8/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Razzle! I was just reading the top like you mentioned. Very useful info! I am so thankful. My goodness, this is a tragic, horrible disease. I cant believe some of what I am reading. And like I mentioned in my post, just the few weeks I felt the crippling sickness of lyme it ruined my life! I almost lost my job, my relationship etc bc I couldn't hardly walk myself to the bathroom. I want to do something to help everyone on here :/ I know there is nothing I can do. It's so unfair. No one deserves to deal with Lyme. It takes so much. My heart really goes out. You are all survivors. Thank u again Razzle

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   Posted 12/9/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

I'd also like to welcome you to the forum!

Yes, educate yourself on Lyme, knowledge is power. But don't let the horror of this disease get you down.

Be vigilant about your health and keep your positive outlook!

Glad to have you here.
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   Posted 12/9/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much!!! I have learned so much already! wink

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   Posted 12/10/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
There are things that you can do though!!!!
Oops, first a big hearty Welcome!!! yeah
I'm so sorry to hear of what all you went through! This can truly be a devastating set of infections!!

Here's a few things you can do:
*Be aware of others in your circles. If they are experiencing the same symptoms - with or without the Bulls eye rash - suggest they get to a knowledgeable doctor right away!

*Continue to learn more yourself! That way if you have another round of symptoms, you will be sure to recognize them for what they are and can get back into treatment right away.

*If you see someone else doing something to bring about awareness of these horrible infections, join in! There are Lyme Disease organizations that are always doing something to help bring more awareness to different areas of the country. Try here for more ideas: www.lymedisease.org/
Click on the button near the top of the page that says "Activism".

*Don't forget we are here when you need us!! smilewinkgrin
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Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List"

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

I break up my post because my eyes have been effected by TBI's as well, making long paragraphs very hard to read.

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   Posted 12/10/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
What great ideas!!!! Thank you for taking the time to respond. Gosh, I'm so nieve. I thought I was cured. Lol I'm glad I finally wised up and started learning something. So if it does come back it looks like I go "back into treatment" however I'm not sure what that means. I think some if not most of you could probably be doctors! Lol there's a lot of words I've had to look up ;) it sounds like the main problem I'm reading about tends to be getting the diagnosis. Or working with doctors that's take you seriously. Being that I don't have insurance or $ I don't really get to be picky. I guess a who lot of "Hopi g and praying" will have to do for now. Thank goodness I've got you guys to help educate me!! It means a lot, you all taking the time to answer my questions and read my silly posts with all you are dealing with. Thank you again!!!
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