Hi I wanted to share my story real quick here,and ask for some insight. I am a 48 year old male very active athletically. Ride bicycle on average 140 miles a week. I own an auto repair business where I work 5/12 hr days. All this is normal,I am/was healthy and strong.
On May 2nd 2017 I was bitten by what I thought was a spider in my sleep (lower bicep). I am allergic to insect bites and am very prone to getting bit, it's been a part of my life since I was a child. At the bite was a small raised pimple and through the next two weeks only a dime sized red welt,that only itched in a hot shower.
May 17 nothing had changed with the welt so I decided to experiment and itch it to bring blood to the surface.
May 18 was very sunny and I had the day off so I applied sunscreen and went for a 60 mile bike ride. Thats when I noticed the rash began looking like a bullseye.
May 19 went in to see family physician, blood test and 10 days of Doxy. May 23 Lyme tested negative. In 3 days the bullseye rash disappeared.
Now what led me to realize the Lyme has set in has been my performance on the bicycle. I use a Power meter (which very accurately measures the power output while pedaling) and an heart rate monitor and a very accurate program called Training Peaks that compiles all of my data. Now normally during any given week of training you have ups and downs between Form-Fitness and Fatigue. You monitor these and learn how best to approach your Cycling goals.
I noticed through these stats and the way I felt riding that something was wrong, through the next 5-7 rides my heart rate was not able to reach its maximum of 174 bpm that I was used to, For example climbing a large hill I would be able to use my whole range and get up to my maximum without too much trouble. Now I couldn't even get past 155 bpm without "running out of gas"
So here is where the Lyme Fatigue is showing itself. During my 12 hr work days I feel absolutely fine, but when I get on the bike its like it is the first ride of the season and I have well over 1,000 miles in so far.
June 1st is when I come to grips with these facts,and the research begins. (I wont be able to get to my Doctor until next week) I stumble onto Dr. R site and his description and understanding of Lyme. He mentions Buhners book so I order that Amazon Prime as well as take a look at his Herbal Protocol. So I also order the easiest herbal mix that I can find on Amazon Prime which is Samsara. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LYG4MMR/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
I wanted to start some form of Herbal treatment as soon as possible.
Obviously all this has happened within a months time I am likely lucky I caught it so soon.
So the canary in the coal mine is the physical exertion when I ride, maybe if I wasn't riding it would have taken longer for my body to succumb to the symptoms. Or am I just "Herxing" from the Antibiotics??
Should I continue on the Doxy? If my blood tests had been positive the Doctor said I would be on them for a longer period of time. So I assume he will throw me back on Antibiotics.
Is it prudent to be proactively taking this Herbal Protocol and continuing self treatment? What I can extract from Buhners book is that I should.
Lyme Disease is a clinical diagnosis made by a Lyme-literate doctor (LLMD) based on medical history, symptoms, test results, etc. You can test negative and still have Lyme.
You should be tested through IGeneX Labs in Palo Alto, CA. They specialize in tick-borne diseases.
Ten days of antibiotics is nowhere nearly enough to treat Lyme disease. You need to be evaluated and treated by a Lyme-literate doctor (LLMD). Non LLMDs have no clue about this horrible disease or its complex treatment!
A LLMD is one who has treated Lyme disease and the co-infections which come with it for many years and has gotten patients well. A good one will follow Dr. B's Guidelines, the "gold standard" for Lyme treatment.
Btw - I know you are new to Lymenet, but please break up your posts into 2-3 sentence paragraphs, as there are people on Lymenet who cannot read large blocks of text due to neurological problems from Lyme.
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