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Melanie Reber
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Posting for the new members...

Abbreviations for Lyme-speak:


AB= antibody
ABX= antibiotics
AC= before meals
AMA= Against Medical Advice
ART= Autonomic Response Testing
Babs= babesiosis

Bart= bartonella
Bb= Borrelia burgdorferi
BBB= blood brain barrier
bid= twice a day
biw= twice a week
bpm= beats per minute

BPP= blood pressure and pulse
BTW= by the way
CAT= computerized axial tomography
CBC= complete blood count
CNS= central nervous system
CSF= cerebrospinal fluid

CSW= Clinical Social Worker
DC= Doctor of Chiropractic
DO= Doctor of Osteopathy
duck= quack doctor
dx= diagnosis
EEG= electroencephalogram

ELISA= enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
EM= erythema migrans
EMG= electromyography
FM= fibromyalgia
FNP= Family Nurse Practitioner
FWIW= for what it's worth

Herx= Jarish-Herxheimer reaction
HBO= Hyperbaric Oxygen
HBOT= Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy
HLA= Human leukocyte antigens
hx= history of
IC= between meals or interstitial cystitis

ICHT= Intra cellular Hyperthermia treatment
ID= infectious disease
IFA= immunofluorescent assay
IgE= Immunoglobulin E
IgG= Immunoglobulin G
IgM= Immunoglobulin M

IM= intramuscular
IMHO= in my honest opinion
IMO= in my opinion
IV= intravenous
keets= spirochetes
KWIM= Know what I mean?

LAc= Licensed Acupuncturist
LD= Lyme disease
LFT= Liver Function Test
LL= lyme literate
LLMD= Lyme Literate Medical Doctor
LMT= Licensed Massage Therapist

LOL= laugh out loud
LP= lumbar puncture
LUAT= Lyme Urine Antigen test
MAC= maximum allowable concentration
MIC= minimum inhibitory concentration of an antibacterial drug

MgD= magnesium-deficient
MPH= Masters of Public Health
MRI= magnetic resonance imaging
ND= Naturopathic Doctor
NE= neurological examination
Neuro= neurology, neurological

NCS= nerve conduction study
NK= natural killer cells
NM= neuromuscular
NMH= neurally mediated hypotension
NP= nurse practitioner
NSAID= non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

N/V= nausea vomiting
OCD= obsessive compulsive disorder
OD= once daily
OTC= over the counter
OV= office visit
PA= physician assistant

PCR= polymerase chain reaction
PICC= peripherally inserted central catheter
po= by mouth
Port= buried IV device accessed through the skin
POTS= postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
prn= as needed
pt= patient

QAM= every morning
qd= once a day
qid= four times a day
QM= every morning
QOD= every other day
RIFE= electro-conducted frequency machine therapy

RMSF= Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
ROTFLOL= rolling on the floor laughing out loud
RPA= Registered Physician Assistant
Rx= prescription
sc= subcutaneous (under skin)
SOB= shortness of breath OR scroll on by
SPECT Scan= Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography

sx= symptom
syx= symptoms
TBD= Tick Borne Disease
TBI= Tick borne Illness
tid= three times a day
TMI= too much information

TTT= tilt table test
tx= treatment
UTI= urinary tract infection
VCS= visual contrast survey
WB= western blot

If anyone would like to add to this list, please feel free to do so!

[ 08-27-2009, 10:40 PM: Message edited by: Melanie Reber ]

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dx = diagnosis
LD = Lyme Disease, I know that is obviously, but someone asked before.
BBB or bbb = blood brain barrier
HLA = Human leukocyte antigens
IgE = Immunogobulin E
IgG = Immunogobulin G
IgM = Immunogobulin M


Here's a really good site for Medical jargon:


http://www.med-help.net/Lab-MedTerm.htm


Here's a good link for Common Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Writing Prescriptions


Here's one from previous posts:
http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/012495.html

Rosemary


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Thanks you guys!

I revised the first list with your suggestions and a few more additions.

Miss Rosemary-
those are really good links- thanks.

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I dare someone on this board to come up with a whole paragragh using almost only the above abbreviations. That will show who has the most brain power left. Not me Not me, thats for sure. Course how will the rest of us know that its legit, we'd have to spend at least a couple of hours trying to figure it all out. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Who will take the challenge?

[This message has been edited by gwen37 (edited 26 October 2003).]


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IMO....In my opinion
IMHO...In my humble [or honest] opinion

what skyking just posted, IMO


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LOL = ?

I'm serious, I have been too embarrassed to ask, but I can't figure it out!!!!

[This message has been edited by lymewarrior03 (edited 28 October 2003).]


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LymeWarrior,

LOL = Laugh Out Loud or Laughing Out Loud

ROTFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing

ROTFLOL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud

BTW = By The Way

Rosemary


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Oh yey, finally! Thanks!
GEEEEZ,can't believe i couldn't figure itout

tx LOL tid IC


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Dear Melanie,
Thank you for the list of abbreviations.
I only knew some of them. This is a keeper!

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Bryan,
No, I disagreed. Sorry that wasn't clear. However, your clarifying explanation

"So, to make a long story short, if you just got Lyme Disease, by all means knock the crap out of it early with as much antibiotics as you can take."

is more what you should have said. I don't think it's a good idea to be telling newbies that antibiotics are bad. To do that would cause even MORE long-term chronic Lyme patients than there already are.

Antibiotics are the first line of attack and VERY NECESSARY!

IF after long-term usage, the patient is not MUCH better, then alternative methods should be explored. [Of course, there's the question of "how long" etc.] I think the individual will have to decide along with their LLMD.

But Bryan, please be careful about your blanket statements, and especially WHERE you place these statements!

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Dearest Byran,

I do appreciate your input and experience with alternative/adjuctive therapies.

I just wanted to stress that we all react diferently to various treatments and we should all base our own opinions on what works for each of us.

IMHO, it is important to keep our minds and eyes open when dealing with a baffeling disease such as Lyme.

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Yes, Bryan, I care...as I believe so many others do too...I can see that this is a touchy subject.

I am off all abx and doing my B3 now and can honestly say that I have slid backwards...much more pain and fatigue the #1 and #2 complaints of LD patients to my LLMD...

but, after 20 months of abx, I have said enough is enough and I will continue to do whatever my pocketbook allows me to do.

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I thought it was time to bring this up again for there are so many new posters here now.

UP, up, up ya go!!


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FWIW= for what it's worth
(thanks Digby)

UP for all our New Members...

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quote:
Originally posted by theskyking:
Antibiotics are perfect cash cows. They can be patented, so "owned. They are one-time-one-use, so each time you run out, you have to *buy* more.

Yes, it's too bad that western medicine is profit-driven instead of altruistic. But that's the price you pay for living in a corporatacracy.

Despite that, about half of the antibiotics that are used in Lyme treatment have generic versions, and can be obtained fairly easily at low cost. These include the -cyclines, -cillins, and -azoles. Treatment using one or more of these medications will cost you less than $100/month.

Based on available knowledge, Antibiotics DO work best of all the options. Until sufficient data is presented to shift that paradigm, you are only doing others harm by downplaying the importance of antibiotics in Lyme treatment.

We appreciate your comments on adjunctive therapies, Bryan, but please do not downplay a treatment modality that has proven to work for Lyme and other spirochetal illnesses.

By the way, if anyone's open-minded about treatment, it's us.


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Thank Melanie im all new to this it will help alot. just hope i can remember it all.
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Here are some of my own...

NBD....No Big Deal

KMA.....Kiss My A** (Said to Duck...of course)


lol

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This one is far better than the one brought to the top and is now above this one (well, until now).

Getting this off the second page.


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This is great!

My favorite has to be AMA -- Against medical advice -- especially since a duck recently accused me of "PLAYING DOCTOR".

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Thanks so much Cheryl...
I have added them in

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Question for the skyking-

Do you have a child or children?

If you found a bulls eye rash on your child, how would you treat it? Honestly.

I'd go for the Ketek.


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included a few new additions...
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Since the subject of rife machines somehow got on this thread, I just want to add my recent experience with microcurrent.

This frequency specific microcurrent machine is not Rife and it is not KMT although I am not qualified to tell you how it differs.

My chiropractor is using it on me for rheumatoid arthritis pain throughout my body and for a bone spur in my neck. I have had 4 treatments so far and all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!! [Eek!]

The first treatment I was in really severe pain that has been growing since a 2nd tickbite. 30 mins of microcurrent and I left his office painfree.

The 2nd treatment, I left painfree and full of energy. Before that I was flat out fatigued since the tickbite (see some previous posts of mine). The energy level has remained up and running and it has been 6 days since 2nd treatment. The joint pain returned within 24 hrs after both 1st, 2nd & 3rd treatment. I had 4 treatment yesterday morning and awoke this morning still painfree. As of right now, I am still painfree. [woohoo]

[bow] Microcurrent [bow]

I don't care if I get this current every day for the rest of my life. Worth it and safe to boot.

Actually though, that may not be necessary. According to the chiropractor it heals on a cellular level.

www.frequencyspecific.com

This is not a post comparing this to any other treatment. I'm just letting anyone who cares know I have had tremendous results so far.

Luvs

6/24/09

Sad to say the benefits did not continue with FSM and I stopped using it. I am doing very well though by doing lots of detoxing and a little killing.

A gene test reveals I am very defective in my ability to detox anything and so keeping things moving out of me keeps me mostly painfree.

I'm still riding my horses and that is what matters most!
Luvs

[ 06-24-2009, 03:33 PM: Message edited by: luvs2ride ]

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BTW, IC also = interstitial cystitis,

or the feeling of having a longterm urinary tract infection without one coming up on a regular

test, and that doesn't respond to short term antibiotics. Also known as lyme cystitis, or keets on a seaside vacation.

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Up for Black Powder

[Smile]

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Thank you thank you.
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up for newbies

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Thanks Melanie here is another one people may want:

PICC- periphally inserted central catheter

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I can't believe I didn't have that one...thanks!
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Here's one I missed on the list:

TOA.. what does that mean?

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Up for our new members [Smile]
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This list is very fun! One abbreviation that I use is IDK (I don't know).

Thank you for reviving the list.

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TOS = Terms of Service

LLD = Lyme Literate Doctor (shorter and more efficient than LLMD!)

TTFN = Ta Ta For Now

TTYL = Talk to you Later

BBL = Be Back Later

BRB = Be Right Back

WTH = What the hell

STFU....you will have to figure that one out on your own.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tracy9:


STFU....you will have to figure that one out on your own.

I think I figured that one out and I never, ever swear. Now I can cuss in a "secret" code. LOL! [Big Grin]

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ON = Optic Neuritis

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By the way, baby guinea hens are keets too, and they eat ticks!!!
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I'd also like to state for the record that I've used the term "duck" to refer to physicians who were uninformed about tick-borne disease and certain that they knew all they needed to know.

They may not have been "quacks" per se, but they DID inflict emotional harm through their ignorance.

Some were guilty of mistreating or misdiagnosing tick-borne diseases as other ailments but I realize now that their grossly negligent educators may have played a role in that.

Of course that doesn't excuse the ones that dismissed my attempts to rationally discuss the possibility that I had been inadequately tested or improperly treated.

Anyway, IMO - "duck" would refer to a "quack" SPECIFICALLY pertaining to TBDs. They could be a good physician otherwise, but that's not really important when you have multiple co-infections & you're told it's now "Fibromyalgia" because you had 2 weeks of Amoxicillin, now is it?

It's really just used as a means to vent frustration & hostility caused by futile physician interaction.

I just felt the need to clarify my usage of that term, since I bumped this up.

Thx (Thanks) for listening. [Big Grin]

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Hey Miss Ali,

How very PC of you! [Wink]
I don't think I have actually used that term once here, but I do understand why others would chose to.

At the beginning of my wild adventure, and before I educated myself... I had an encounter, as I am sure most of us have, with a treating physician that not only refused to acknowledge the possibility of TBDs in Colorado...

refused to look at my positive test results in hand...

decided to misdiagnose me...

wrote in my charts that I was experiencing 'Anxiety Disorders' (which of course explained why I couldn't breathe)...

lied blatantly to me about ordering new testing...

AND then made up the results! (I have the proof)


Now, to me... that pretty much meets the criteria of a Quack! [Smile]

Fortunately, I had this Network to turn to and all the wonderfully helpful members to mentor me along. Unlike others who suffered personally, or watched helplessly while their loved ones suffered, for years on end needlessly while their 'treating physicians' refused life saving interventions.

So, the way I see it... if they want to call that physician a 'duck', well... who am I to say it isn't well deserved for what they experienced?

It is one thing to be misinformed, that is understandable and fixable. It is something entirely different to be intentionally negligent.

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