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yankees237
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quick recap on my situation

-bullseye rash 6 months ago
-started treatment within 48 hours
-since rash 4 weeks of doxy/then bactrim (allergic)/rifampin for a couple months/cedax for a month
-symptoms have been pretty mild thru out the 6 months (dizzyness, muscle twitching, brain fog all of which mostly subsided)
-now my LLMD has started me on doxy again to "get the rest of this bacteria out" (i had told him i was at 90%)
-since starting doxy oct 3rd - ive gotten much more tired, got cramps in my legs when working out - thats never happened beore, and gotten serious wrist pain in a wrist where i only previously had very mild carpal tunnel.

is this a herx? how long will this last? my LLMD says the wrist hurts so bad because the lyme more or less attacked a weak area of my body and the doxy is bringing it out.

thanks so much for any help

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Well, I think so. But it also could just be part of the deal with lyme.

For some, treatment can take 1 - 3 years before a good remission. While, I'm not an expert, my take on this is is that it can be hard to know exactly so all bases have to be covered.

Truly, toxin buildup is important to address.

My standard question is always about support methods and supplements. Muscle cramps can be low magnesium, low calcium, zinc that is not quiet where it needs to be, electrolytes, etc.

Turmeric/curcumin can help as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain reducer. MSM, too.

Can you get some professional massage? Warm baths in epson salts (not a hot bath, though, just cozy warm).

I suggest wearing carpal tunnel braces at least at night. Magnesium can go to a total of 1,000 to 2,000 mg a day - in divided doses to bowel tolerance. It has to be taken 2 - 3 times a day.

Liver support is important, of course and I just assume that is in place since you've been treating for a while. But, you might need to change that around a bit.

Coinfections assessed ?

Heavy Metals addressed ?

Parasites considered ?
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For ergonomics (how you hold your body, etc.) and for other body work suggestions, see the

BODY WORK links, near the end of this thread:
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http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/2/13964?

Topic: How to find a LL ND (naturopathic doctor), acupuncturist, etc.

(Supplement methods are also discussed in some of the links here)
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Most likely. Changing meds can make you feel worse, even when you've reached 90%. I reached 90% many times and then crashed again when meds were changed.

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yankees237
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keebler, i think my llmd believes i have babesia

as well based on my symptoms. he hasnt mentioned

parasites or heavy metals.


sixgoofy, "crashing" isnt necessarily a bad thing

though, right? doesnt that mean you've found an

anti biotic that's causing a die off?


also , on the 2 locations of my original tick

bites i still have raised red bumps, about the

size of a cheerio. they dont hurt or itch, and

its not a scab, just a hard lump. its been 6

months and it hasnt gone away. i wonder if this

has any relation to the lack of success of

treatment for me , despite my early detection.

pic below

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sorry for the size
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I would wonder about Tularemia. Or you could still have the tick parts buried in.

As long as you have the reaction I would take treatment...

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/cdc/tularemia7.html

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