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hello.
well ive been to see dr owen.
. and said that lyme disease is possible, i wrote out info explaining exactly what symptoms ive had since it all started. and the bite mark..
but by my symptoms he thinks. that i probably have no co infections
only burgdorferi..

asked me if i would like to start some antibiotics. to try for 6 weeks.
called CEFUROXIME. said he would probably have a good idea if i have lyme.after taking it for 6 weeks by my symptoms..
or get tested at igenex.before starting antibiotic,because they can effect the test.. test he recomends is

IGM WESTERN BLOT
IGG WESTERN BLOT
MULTI PLEX PCR (WHOLE BLOOD)

can anyone give any advice on these tests..
and the antibiotics he suggested. and what signs i should look out for when taking them?..

thanks!
Hi smitho. I am glad you saw the Lyme doctor. The IgeneX Western Blot IgM and IgG are definitely good tests to get. It would be good to get the PCR test also, but if you have to chose between them I would chose the Western Blot.

I suggest having the blood drawn for the test first (since he prefers testing without treatment) and then starting the antibiotics.

I believe the med is prescribed is also known as Ceftin. What dose is it? I would check the dose against Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses.

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.

Once you begin treatment, it is a good idea to document your symptoms daily. One way to do this is to list the three main symptoms you have each day and a numerical rating of their severity, from 1-10. Over time when you review this, you can see when your herxes occur and how you are responding to the meds.

Good luck!





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