Although my doctor was reluctant to diagnose Lyme, the rash seems textbook to me, and I have been working in a tick-infected forest.
The clever tick (never noticed or found it) bit me under my arm in a place I never would have expected or seen, so I have no idea how long the rash has been there.
I don't seem to have any symptoms other than the rash yet. Started doxycycline this morning. Did I catch it in time, or do I risk lifelong symptoms of the type I've been reading about on this forum? Any thoughts much appreciated.
My doctor prescribed 100mg doxy twice a day for 14 days, but he said he would probably have me stay on for another two weeks after that. I have friend who is also a doctor in West Virginia who suffers from chronic lyme disease. She told me to "blast the s%#$ out of it" with 200mg twice per day. So I took her advice and I am taking that huge quantity.
Seems like there is no real literature to show that the doubled dose will improve outcomes. I work outside, too. So I'm worried that I cannot sustain such a high dose for several weeks. But that's where I am now. I still have no other symptoms except maybe fatigue, which is probably from anxiety and the antibiotic itself.
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While there may be no literature to show that double dose will improve outcomes, there is plenty of research which shows inadequate treatment causes long term Disabilty and disseminate Lyme disease throughout the body. Many animal and human published journals prove this.