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gatorgirl22
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« on: April 17, 2012, 10:22:18 AM »

Two weekends ago I noticed what looked like a small cluster (about the size of a dime) of what appeared to be bug bites on my ankle.  By this past weekend it had spread to about the size of my fist and looked all bruised.  So I went to the doctor yesterday and they think its lime disease.  They started me on a 21 day course of antibiotics so hopefully that does the trick.

Anyone else dealt with this before?  I'm a little leary just cause the doc didn't seem to familiar with it.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2012, 12:22:55 PM »

The cluster sounds more like fleas or chiggers, but OK. If the doc thought it was Lyme, then the antibiotics are the way to go. You aren't likely to have further problems, which are sometimes significant with Lyme if you just do the drug regiment and then forget about it.
My family has had it in minor and severe ways, and a course of antibiotics after seeing a healthcare professional is the way to go  IMHO.
If the thing itches badly, or does anything more than you see now, go back to the doctor to make sure it isn't something else.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2012, 12:55:08 PM »

I have chronic Lyme. If you are unusually tired, feverish, have night sweats, joint pain, or feel lousy in general after the 21-day course, go see your doctor again. Sometimes it takes more than one course of antibiotics. Absolute,y positively do not skip any of the antibiotics or stop before they run out. You may also want to seek out a Lyme-literate doctor in your area: http://www.chroniclymedisease.com/llmd-referrals.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 10:16:22 AM »

So the blood work came back positive for Lyme - lovely.  I so don't have the time or energy to deal with this complication in my life right now!
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 1:16:49 PM »

So the blood work came back positive for Lyme - lovely.  I so don't have the time or energy to deal with this complication in my life right now!

Hey - you might get better after the 21 day course of antibiotics.  But, like bibliothecula says, if you are NOT better after the 21 days (or if you get worse on day 25) go right back in and demand more antibiotics.

I got Lyme back in 1999 (I think), when it was only a 10 day course of antibiotics.  I felt better on day 9, but by day 14, I was wicked sick again.  I bounced from doctor to doctor trying to get more antibiotics for months.  The dermatologist said I had lyme and wasn't comfortable treating it.  So she sent me to the infectious disease specialist, who at the time, didn't think it was Lyme and thought I had an autoimmune disease.  The rheumatologist (sp?) said that she didn't think it was likely that I had an autoimmune disease since my history suggested that my joint pain was associated with my sudden illness  - I was backpacking in June, sea kayaking on July 1st, then laid up in bed on July 5th.  You don't need to be House to figure out that it ain't lupus.  It's an infection. 

Finally, my mom (an RN) pilfered a month's worth of tetracycline for me.  It did the trick, although it took me a bit longer than a month to get my strength back.
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