Welcome to our little spot! I'm so glad you found us.
If you haven't already, please do read through our "New to Lyme? Start here!" thread, as it's packed full of important information- including info on the other tick-borne infections - informative links, symptom lists and more!
As Summer said, the testing for these infections isn't all that good - they miss 40 - 50 percent of those with ongoing infections. This is why we are supposed be diagnosed clinically (by symptoms) and why we have the symptom lists posted. It really helps to know what you're up against. Part of the reason the testing is poor is that for Lyme for example, even the best labs will only test for 4 or 5 strains of Lyme, although there are 100 strains here in the US with over 300 world wide. So if you were infected in the US and tested negative, you could still have one of the other 95 strains of the bacteria. The other tick-borne infection have many strains as well, so it's always best to err on the side of caution here and look over the symptom lists, especially considering how long you have been ill. Your symptoms of memory issues, headaches, serious fatigue, and achy legs could easily point to another one of the infections.
You will also find instructions on detoxing while healing from these infections. This is really important as the toxins released when the bacteria die is what drives our symptoms. The dry skin brushing, drinking at least 64 ounces of water (you can add fresh lemon if you aren't having muscle spasms/cramps), and detoxing baths will all help you to heal much better and faster. Herxing is a healing crisis, and when the body is in crisis, it will either slow or stop healing depending on the severity of the herx.
Also the dose of abx that you are on is kind of low. Most knowledgeable LLMD's have their patients use 400 to 600 mgs of Doxy a day. You will want to be sure to really protect your stomach as well, so be sure to eat a snack or a meal before you take your Doxy. This will only slow the absorption of the meds, not cancel it out, and it'll protect your stomach. We only get one stomach, so it's best to protect it than wait and see if it'll be okay.
We are here to help you find your way through all of the information, help answer at least some of your questions and to be here when/if you need some moral support!
Once again, Welcome!!!
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List" for Lyme disease.
"Absence of proof is not
proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
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