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Hi laurie864bla,
Some can have babesia and be asymptomatic. An LLMD would treat if you were positive period. I can definitely tell you that there are many greyhounds testing positive for Babesia that are asymptomatic and are treated anyway. Why would a human not be? Some used to believe if a dog has babesia it should be destroyed because it is a carrier. Sorry to compare this with dogs...

When my babesia returned I had slight nausea, leg, neck and upper arm pain. The neck pain for me is around the neck bone area/shoulders and really hurts. Sometimes these areas almost stung. My heart raced and my urine was a brownish color.

Oh yea, the weakness was coming back again but not as bad. The muscle twitching and trouble breathing come back too. Night sweats is also a big one for me with babs. I would also feel like I would pass out/real lightheaded and I lost my appetite.

I have heard that Babesia is self limiting but that is if you can make it through it. It sucks and I could not have lived life feeling that way. I can deal with the lyme and bart but not babesia. My LLMD feels Babs must be treated before lyme.

There are a number of people that do not test positive for babs and their LLMD's still think they are infected so they do trial runs of the proper meds and it makes all the difference. None of these tests are 100% and sometimes it is better to take the clinical route.

Ticker is much better at explaining things than I am and she will be back online very soon. Have you consulted with Dr. Charles Ray Jones? How long has your son been in treatment for lyme?

Another thing my brain fog is worse with babs. I think more clearly when it is under control and I am more active. My first symptoms with babesia were this uncomfortable feeling in my legs then it turned into pain and then neck stuff followed… So many symptoms with Tick Borne diseases overlap… The lyme doctor you are speaking of is wonderful for lyme but I have heard he has missed co-infections... Please keep researching as there is a wealth of info out there.

People with babesiosis sometimes have no symptoms at all. However, it can be life-threatening for someone with a suppressed immune system. It is also more serious for people over age 50. Symptoms are often the same as for Lyme disease, but there may also be a very high fever of up to 104°F, and anemia. Night sweats, chills, severe headaches, fatigue, and sleep disturbances are common. You can get babesiosis from a blood transfusion from an infected donor. There are blood tests, but the test reliability declines after a few weeks of infection. These tests suffer from the same lack of sensitivity that plagues Lyme disease testing. PCR tests for babesiosis can be useful if positive, but a negative result does not rule out the disease. Examining the red blood cells under a microscope may reveal the parasites, but few diagnostic laboratories are skilled at the tedious job of carefully observing the blood cells. It is important to remember that babesiosis is caused by a protozoan parasite and not by a bacterium, so antibiotics alone will not cure this disease. Many people appear to recover without treatment, but the disease may flare-up later. Since babesiosis is closely related to malaria, anti-malarial drugs are used to treat it. Usually a drug like Malarone or Mepron is used along with an antibiotic such as azithromycin; the combination increases the effectiveness of the treatment. The anti-malarial drugs are very powerful and patients often have a limited tolerance of the side-effects, so treatment may have to be interrupted several times. As with most tick-borne diseases, you do not develop any immunity after infection and you can get babesiosis over and over.





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