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Hi Jim, welcome to the board!

To me your symptoms sound like Lyme. I agree with you that it is very possible you were infected earlier and/or recently. Although a bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme, only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash. There are also other types of rashes besides the bullseye.

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. As was stated, ticks can transmit several co-infections also. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected and it may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. I do not know of any Lyme doctors who come highly recommended in MA. There is an excellent one in Wilton, CT. Would you like his name?

200 mg of Doxy daily is not strong enough for Lyme. I believe the recommended dose is 300-600 mg daily. From what I understand, an infection caught within two weeks of the bite should be treated with a minimum of six weeks of the proper dose antibiotic. The antibiotics kill the bacteria when they are reproducing, which is estimated at four weeks. Six weeks of treatment will cover one growth cycle. If symptoms are still present, further treatment is warranted. A longer infection needs longer treatment. I suggest that you discuss this with your doctor. Getting the proper treatment early in the infection may reduce the chance of long-term complications.

As was stated, there are a few tips about taking Doxy. This should be listed on your pharmacy print-out sheet. Do not have any diary, magnesium or iron products two hours before or after taking it or it will not be absorbed properly. If it makes you nauseous, eat something substantial and non-dairy before taking it. Drink a full glass of water. Avoid the sun. You can get a severe burn in minutes even when wearing sunscreen. Do not lay down for at least an hour after taking it or you can ulcerate your esophagus. This is very painful! Whenever you take any antibiotics, make sure you take high-quality acidophilus capsules. They replace the good bacteria in the body and help to prevent yeast overgrowth (which men and women can both get). The best ones to get are refrigerated. Most healthfood stores have them. Wait at least two hours before or after taking the antibiotics to take the acidophilus.

Be aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx). Often, when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms become worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be very scary when it happens, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. Although it can vary individually, many people experience this at the beginning of treatment and every three to four weeks.

Hang in there okay? Good help is available and you are not alone.





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