So question #3 - Many doc's get the Lyme treatment started first, then will add in treatments - once you are tolerating the Lyme treatment - for the next infection that you have the most difficulty with. Other doc's will only treat one infection at a time and will start with the co-infections. Just knowing what to expect has a lot of value as you go through this.
For me it was Lyme first, then Bartonella. Once the Bartonella was done for, we went after the Babesia.
Question #4- There are quite a few protocols - but understand that you do have a voice -to a certain extent - in what you are willing to take. Of course if you go to a doc that only uses pharma abx, then you can't ask them to use only natural abx.
Also they will have their preferences on which abx to use as well, but you can (& should) check with the members here, or refer to a well known source to make sure that you are on a high enough dose to actually kill the bacteria. For some reason we still have doc's only prescribing a high enough dose of abx to keep the bacteria from replicating. For example, Doxycycline, the most commonly prescribed abx for Lyme has to be
at least 400 mgs a day (usually split into 2 doses at that strength) or it will only keep the bacteria from replicating, it won't kill them!
I reposted #3 as #5. Sorry! LOL!
Question #8 - You want to know how your doc wants you to handle herxing - when and if they want to be called or notified. Continuous herxing will stop healing - even though few docs understand this, it's still true. My doc told me not to herx for more than 3 days without calling her, as doses needed to be changed.
I'm not sure what you mean about
questions 13, 14 & 16. Some docs don't want their name mentioned with the same words as Lyme Doctor - at least that was the way it was for a long time.
You will want to know that your doc is attending conferences or still getting training so that they are up on the latest findings with these diseases - no need to go to a doc that is using outdated treatments!
I'm one of those that wouldn't test positive for any of the tick-borne infection - at least until I had completed a full 12 months on abx. Then I would only test positive for Lyme and RMSF. Oh - and the abx that I took didn't even get rid of my Lyme infection, I had to go to natural treatments in order to do that.
As far as the co-infections go, it's highly unusual - not that it doesn't happen though - that someone will only have a Lyme infection, especially if they are chronic. The co-infection testing is just as bad as the Lyme testing - missing around 1/2 of those infected.
Hopefully, I haven't left you with too many more questions! But if I did, I hope that we can clear things up so that you have a better understanding!
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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