I think astroman is talking about
an INR level...that's what my Mom gets done every week because she takes Coumadin.
And, while I'm not as familiar with Western Blot interpretation, I'm not seeing positive Babesia or Erlichia results with what you shared.
That's not to say you don't necessarily have these infections because there are multiple strains of each.
Your rash is highly suspicious IMHO.... since it was preceded by a tick bite and followed by the symptoms you shared, I think your doctor did a good job with diagnosis.
My DIL got bit by a nymph deer tick a couple of months before I got bit. She had an insanely huge rash on her leg - not much unlike your rash....no bullseye. She developed flu-like symptoms and was started on abx (not doxy because she was breastfeeding)....2-3 wks' worth? She's been fine ever since and delivered a healthy baby boy last year. I try not to worry about
any of them and am thankful everyone seems fine.
We can't fault our doctors for following IDSA guidelines and those guidelines shouldn't be failing people.....but they do in a large number of cases.
Lyme isn't the only health condition for which guidelines fail patients. I know the AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) guidelines fail thyroid patients.
For most of us, having Lyme translates into a crash course while trying to negotiate the proper care....not easy for those dealing with debilitating symptoms.
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Jul '14 started what proved to be inadequate treatment ala PCP day after nymph deer tick bite
Sept '14 met LLMD - clinically dx'd with Lyme due to Bells Palsy - confirmed via CDC positive WB
Feb '15 transitioned off abx and started full Cowden protocol along w/LDN
Aug '15 started transition to Buhner's Lyme, Babesia & Bartonella protocols
Nov '15 stopped LDN - 98% healed!!
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