hi.I have been on this page before.you folks are extremely helpful. I am quite familiar with lyme.
I was bit by one fat tick ten years ago and, ignorantly did everything wrong to remove it (twist it, burn it, squeeze it etc.) and wasnt diagnosed with Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella for 2 years.
Finally, Lyme literate doctor. Igenex etc. I bombarded myself with combinations of antibiotics and Mepron for 2 years. I know what it takes, and how even that is incomplete.
So... fast forward to this new event. 6 weeks ago I was out in the woods with my partner social distancing out where no one else goes and she felt something weird on her backthe next day.
It was a tick. Having learned my lessons on how to remove it I strategically pulled it off. Then she checked me and I had two or three.
But wait! Ive never been bit again in the last 10 years and these were very tiny. Anyway. my question is: because we caught it very early (very small but 5 or 6 were removed and 6 more were bites but no bug)............
Is it somewhat safe to say that the 3 weeks of Doxy is enough to believe its nipped in the bud,??.......... we immediately began treatment and testing.
Of course my experience with testing by general labs tell you nothing. Too early and inefficiant..I will test again this week....
My questions are: are the general tests ala Labcorp and Labquest as lame as they were a decade ago? Are there any new testing places like Igenex and that place in Jersey?
I seem to be getting some early symptoms though I cant be sure. Everyone is feeling and diagnosing ailments these days. Thanks folks! be well.
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Was it a dozen ticks, or two/three? It doesn't really matter, although it seems as though a larger number of ticks would increase the likelihood of infection.
And were they nymphs? I was bitten by three nymphs last year, and was told nymphs are less likely to be infected than the other stages of tick development, although they're still a threat. In Pennsylvania 31% of nymphs tested positive for infection. I sent "my" nymphs away to be tested, and they all tested negative. I didn't develop symptoms--which was most fortunate as I already had shingles.