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Re: Dr. Donta in MA
Sep 17, 2007
Very good questions and you are right to be asking them. I took long term antibiotics for acne too. I think most of teh LLMDs have a history of complaints at one time or another. Not sure if Dr. Donta does. I think that with the abx's, you will know if they are doing anything for you or not pretty early. If they are not helping or you are not herxing, maybe they are not doing anything? Maybe Ticker will know.

I guess feeling like you do, I would go to a doc that definitely uses Igenex. I went to so many docs who checked so many things (all negative) and my symptoms align so much with Lyme, in addition to the fact that 3 other people in my family have had the bullseye, we are woodsy people and my symptoms started 1 month after I went off the acne abx, I am 99.9% sure that is what it is- I do not doubt it. How many other illnesses give you high sensitivity to alcohol? I have not heard of one.

I started something called Immune response training today from an office in RI. They are on line. It is very interesting. I'll let the board know if it works. There were people in the group from CA, GA, Co, South Africa, Ontario, Nevada, VA, NY, TN, RI, CT, MA, MI, NJ and more!

Re: Dr. Donta in MA
Sep 17, 2007
Hi despearte, welcome!

I have not read the replies yet, so I apologize if I repeat information.

Below is a Lyme symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

It is very important to see a kowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. No test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab.

Besides Lyme, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. It is estimated that 60% of people who have Lyme are co-infected. It may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA.

I do not have any personal experience with this doctor, but from what I have heard from others (including people I know) I would not recommend him. The closest doctor I know of who comes highly recommended is Dr. Steven Phillips in Wilton, CT.

It is also important to learn as much as possible. I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses (on-line). He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the book "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease
(2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner.

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