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MBB3
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Hello:

I've considered re-testing with one or more speciality labs for a lyme western blot.

I tested a few years ago BEFORE any abx and had many bands IND or + yet overall negative.

I treated for 6 weeks with IV rocephin and several weeks of orals AFTER first lyme test back in 2008. I made NO improvement and stopped.

Within 4-6 weeks of stopping abx, my main symptom (neurological burning/tingling) spread to many areas that continue to the present several years later.

I have considered another Lyme test - would it be advisable to take oral doxy for a time before re-testing? I have the medicine in my possession, so that's a non-issue.

I know this is a grey area, but welcome any experiences?

I do have risk factors and multiple tick exposures in a non-endemic state

My attempts at trying to 'cover' the nerve pain with Gabapentin just do NOT work - absolutely miserable, despite somewhat functional. Other neuro sx's twitching, tinnitus, relentless waking at night.

Thanks in advance on abx challenge experiences, advice for or against.

MB

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That's what I did, I took Minocin for about 4-5 wks before a blood draw. It worked for me - got a +ve WB through labcorp. I would think Doxy would be the same.

Not telling you to take it, just what worked for me:-).

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Thanks for the response Skigal:

I understand about not recommending to take ANY abx, I take full responsibility [Wink]

Just want to do everything I can to insure that IF I have this in my system, that I bring it to to testing surface for confirmation. I'm aware of the difficulty in testing and/or lack of ideal testing.

Did you (or anyone else) stop taking the abx before blood draw? I usually read 2 weeks OFF abx, is this correct? Again, experiences from people who've done this would be most helpful.

Regards, MB

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I did not stop abx before the blood draw. I've read 2wks too, but I decided to continue longer due to Bb's life cycle. Hope it works for you.
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Keep in mind that there are approximately 300 different strains of borrelia. We only test for one (or maybe two).

Still, for Bb, there may be a better test now. (You would have to be off all abx for one month prior for the new test, though.)

Basic detail about that new Borrelia b. Culture Test here:

http://betterhealthguy.com/joomla/lyme-disease/testing

Testing options - See #15

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Specifics on the new test:

http://betterhealthguy.com/joomla/blog/248-new-borrelia-culture-test-available

and

http://www.researchednutritionals.com/information.cfm?ID=255

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For what it's worth, my doc put me on a few days of Flagyl (I was SO sick by day 5), but my Igenex test was finally positive after that.
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