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Re: Doxy
Sep 12, 2006
Hi eclipse27 and JENZEY,

Just repeating what Ticker just said.

JENZEY- If you had a bullseye rash(es), you have Lyme disease. The bullseye, also known as an erythema migrans or EM, is sufficient for a diagnosis. However, if you don't have photographs of the rashes or if they aren't actually seen by a physician, it can make getting a correct diagnosis difficult. As it is, even an actual EM is sometimes misdiagnosed. The EM can take on other forms beside a bullseye, it can resemble a line, a bruise, it can be raised or not, it may be hot and itchy or it may not. Many people, as many as 60% never have any rash at all.

The Lyme organism, Borrelia burgdorferi, can disseminate deep into the body tissues. There, it can remain dormant for years only to flare up at some later time. Usually this occurs during a period in which the immune system is weakened, such as a time of stress, other illness, etc. It is also possible to get re-infected with Lyme. Once Lyme has disseminated, a certain amount of it remains in the body and there is no way to know if it is ever eliminated. Not sure if anyone already suggested this, but Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner's book, 'Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases' is tremendously helpful.

As Ticker mentioned, ticks can carry several other co-infections and it is vitally important to test and treat for them. Babesiosis can be serious, and since it is a piroplasm and not a true bacterium it is not susceptible to some medications and is sometimes treated with Mepron or anti-malarial medications.

There is an herbal treatment you may want to try, though not as a substitute for competent medical evaluation and care. Artemesisin is an herb used for centuries to treat malaria and today the World Health Organization recommends it as the first choice in treating drug resistant strains of malaria in certain countries. Allergy Research Group makes the one I've used (for Babesiosis) and while I was initially very skeptical it's been very helpful. Some of your symptoms do sound like Babesiosis. You could always try the Artemesinin, at best it will help and at worst it just won't do anything. 1 capsule 3x a day, for three weeks, then take a week off, then repeat.

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