I'm pretty sure I have Lyme--I was hiking in a high tick area a few weeks ago, and started having symptoms the following week.
The first time I visited my doctor, she said I probably had a virus, but to call back if the symptoms persisted. The symptoms persisted, I called back, and she gave a an Rx for 1 week of doxycycline and ordered a Lyme test.
The test came back negative. I still have some symptoms, though they are not as bad, and my doctor is refusing to give me a refill on the doxy because of the negative test result.
Am I correct that, if this IS Lyme, I should be on the doxy for at least 2 weeks? I took my last pill this morning. Any suggestions on how to get more doxy without too long of a wait?
[ 08-22-2017, 04:32 PM: Message edited by: jamie_gee ]
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Sorry to hear about all this mess. The duck that saw you should know better, especially if she is in PA. She is ONE reason people end up with chronic Lyme disease! What a toad!
1. Your test WON'T show positive within the first several weeks after you are bitten because the body doesn't have enough time to mount an antibody response to the organisms.
Even the CDC says this very clearly, so not sure why she is so dense and completely off base with this. Sounds like she is making up rules of her own that are not backed by any science what-so-ever, or even any common sense.
2. When the time is right, Lyme tests still miss 74.9% of those infected. She should know that too!
3. She should also know, ESPECIALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA, that when anyone is suspected of having a "virus" in the summer time that they should suspect Lyme because "viruses" aren't typically causing problems this time of year, but Lyme is known to cause those same symptoms.
4. The fact you were hiking in a highly endemic state for Lyme should have been her first clue and she missed that too? Geeze!
5. You can go to www.TreatTheBite.com and print out the one-page adult treatment guidelines linked right on the front page and either take them to her and make a stink about it, which knowing what I do now is exactly what I'd do....
Or, go elsewhere for proper treatment.
I'd also ask her what medical guidelines she is following when she says and does all this stupid stuff. Because even the worst guidelines that are not only old and outdated, but have been found to be corrupted are better than what she is doing.
6. If you scroll down part way on this page you'll see a section called...
"Some of The Reasons Why Someone Could Have A False-Negative Lyme Test".
See reason number 1 and you should show her this too.
Also numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25 and 27 could also be a factor in your case.
That's why I am saying- if I know this stuff, why, as a doctor, doesn't she, especially in the state with the highest number of Lyme disease cases in the country?
Sorry if I sound grumpy. I just tend to get twisted out of shape when I see such ignorance on the part of a doctor and see the possibility of yet another person becoming chronically ill, becoming disabled or dying because these ducks are so freaking stupid!
Ok, TC, deep breath! ~smile~
I don't know if the suggestions on this page below- the first two suggestions- can help, but I'd try them ASAP, then jump on the other doctor's head and give her the what-for.
Welcome to Lymenet! PM sent for PA, MD, DC, & CT.
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.
To do this click the pencil/paper icon, make your changes, then click "Edit Post". Thanks.
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