Azithromycin for lyme disease

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They pulled a sample from the lymphnode in her throat to test and told us five days later that the sample wasn't big enough to accurately test but didn't need another one because they are fairly convinced it isn't cancer. The doctor then decided to test for lyme disease. They sent a sample to the MAYO clinic and those results showed she tested positive for Epstein Bar disease and Lyme disease. They're telling us the lyme disease is a false positive due to epstein bar.
I know I was diagnosed with Babesiosis, Mycoplasma and Lyme (which Lyme I'm not sure). He tested for Erlichia, Western Blot, etc. And said he is going more by symptoms that I have a third. He has me on Clindamycin and a load of homeopathic treatments. IAG, Kapperest, Sytox, probiotics, and a regimen of vitamins. It is a great deal to deal with. He emphasizes I limit carbs. He told me to start Sam-e recently, 800 mg. Due to the looming depression and neurological difficulties I'm having.
You're right that some co infection are even harder to test for than lyme, and most good lyme docs do treat for those based on symptoms if they feel the clinical case is clear enough. There are quite a few strains of bartonella for which there literally is no lab test. They also do seem to be terribly hard to get rid of. The good docs in America seem to be figuring out good antibiotic combos which treat for several infections at once.
Is there lack of evidence for chronic Lyme disease? No there isn’t---- there are plenty. One place has had persistence articles in place and it’s been there for years. Persistance files: http://lymeinfo.net/medical/LDPersist.pdf (77 files from 1977 to 2012) (Before that, even, Art Doherty had a very extensive “Lots of Links on Lyme” that we all pored over and discussed. The site was closed down when Geocities disbanded and went to Japan.
Using surrogate markers, combined with Igenex tests, he believed that i did have lyme. I was mis-treated/misdiagnosed for about 6-7 months. He started me on tetracyline for 28 days, followed by ceftin and zithromax, and then diflucan and amox (all for 28 days). I was retested a month ago through Igenex and was positive. Following the diflucan and amox, i started to become very nauseas , and developed gastritis like symptoms.
Azithomycin/Zithromax may be given for a week for an ear infection, but is given for months in the case of Lyme, because Lyme bacteria have a very slow reproductive cycle, compared to the usual bacteria involved in an ear infection. Failing to take the full dose for the full length of time prescribed risks treatment failure and creation of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria which were merely weakened rather than killed, allowing them to flourish rather than die.
So, I was tested for Lyme Disease, and to my confusion and surprise, my doctor told me I was positive for it. I was baffled - as a child, I used to play in the woods all the time and had found at least one tick on myself in my life, but the only specific tick spotting memory I have was from eight years before, and as best I can recall, it was only crawling around on me, not biting. I've never had any circular bullseye rash on my body, either.
oral amoxicillin, azithromycin, cefuroxime, clarithromycin [=Biaxin], doxycycline, and tetracycline. These antibiotics have similar favorable results in comparative trials of early Lyme disease." In any event, I would not delay in seeking medical care. Good for you for jumping on the situation -- let us know what you do and how you do, okay?
These could be the result of using the computer a lot, but I always use the computer and never had all of this happen before. I was tested for lyme disease last week and it was negative, so it made me feel better. Last year I was bitten by two ticks--which I am pretty sure I pulled off right away. I'm still concerned about LD because I am always outside and like to hike on nature trails. This year I spotted two ticks sitting on blades of grass, but haven't noticed anymore on my body.
Treated 3 years ago for 3 weeks with doxy for lyme. In learning more about Lyme reoccurance my symptoms match up very closely to what the literature is saying. My symtoms over the last 2 months have been horrible and pointing toward Lyme. Regular Internist wants me to see an ID specialist and my thoughts are more toward a LLMD. My internist was willing to Rx Azithromycin 250mg for 30 days but can't get to see a LLMD for at least 60 days. Too booked and busy.
The Igenex one was strongly positive for Lyme and the Labcorp one was negative. I had experienced about 85% of related Lyme symptoms over the course of 3 years. I took 4 courses of 1 month of oral antibiotic treatments for Lyme. I am not feeling much better physically than before treatment. I was wondering if anyone has experience of CD57-NK testing prior to and after Lyme treatment?
IV and oral were taken for 7 weeks, Strong herx after 2-3days. No test has been positive in uk or France for Lyme or any other CNS disease, diagnosed with probable MS in France after not very good Q'clinical questioning by neurologist.
PS I just searched on google for -- salisbury md llmd -- and what do you know, there is a Lyme disease association in Salisbury. We can't put contact information into these posts, but you will find the link pretty easily. I don' t know anything about this particular Lyme disease assn, but it's a good place to start. Some are more up to date and have more extensive information, but you will find those in searching online too.
It's important to point out here that I experienced only throat pain, severe congestion, and a cough but no muscle ache or fever chills, both described as typical for the flu-like symptoms associated with lyme disease. It took about two weeks for the cold to disappear and I am now (August 4) back to normal. I have a yard that is frequented by squirrels (potential tick carriers) and is swarming with mosquitoes.
------------------------------------------------- -- for Babesia: azithromycin/Zithromax and Mepron/atovaquone -- 4 months -- for Lyme: clarithromycin/Biaxin and cefdinir/Omnicef -- 5 months -- drug holiday due to side effects of probiotics--2 months -- for Lyme: Zithromax/azithromycin and Flagyl/metronidazole -- 4 months ------------------------------------------------- This may have been an abbreviated treatment schedule, because I had continuing problems from the probiotics, so my schedu
Hello -- sorry you are still having problems, but good for you for not giving up! I looked back at your previous posts on MedHelp and see that you have posted mainly on the neurology and multiple sclerosis forums, and without much detailed response.
-- azithromycin and atovaquone (for babesia) -- 4 months -- clarithromycin and cefdinir -- 5 months (for Lyme; terminated early due to edema) -- [drug holiday -- 2 months] -- azithromycin and metronidazole -- 5 months (terminated due to systemic fungal infection from yeast-based probiotics intended to *prevent* fungal infection -- but yeast is a fungus, and it colonized my body) It took me a long time to stabilize and get rid of the fungal infection, and at that point was too worn out to g
I tested positive for Burgdorfer(compassionate dr sat down next to me and hugged me when he told me i had Lyme and that usually people only test positive for one out 3 tests and i tested positive for 2 whatever that means. I have to find my paper.I need 2 other tests which my insurance wont cover. In the last month I was in er 2 weeks ago because muscles knotted up so bad by day 3 i had to hold my head to my side and hold leg up to chest to give some on the pull.
Steroid use will also make it more difficult to test for Lyme, as Lyme tests look for antibodies produced to fight Lyme and not for Lyme bacteria directly. So since steroids weaken the immune system, you make less antibodies and therefore might slip through Lyme diagnostic cracks.
He was tested for Rickettsia (RMSF and related illnesses), ehrlichiosis and Lyme Disease. All tests came back NEGATIVE. The only abnormality was in band 39 on the Lyme test. I understand you need to have 2 abnormal bands to be Lyme + according to CDC. However, I read that band 39 is THE MOST SPECIFIC for the Lyme bacteria. Doesn't this imply a +Lyme antibody test, despite the CDC definition? I hear false negatives are common in Lyme. Are they also common in RMSF?
Sorry for your situation. Ditto what Rico said. My LLMD also supplements abx with herbs, she sells some at her office with no mark up, I checked, but I take an online brand she also mentioned. You need abx big time. Have you tried applying for disability? Or if you are 25 or younger ( not fair to us older folks) there are grants I can give you info. If you don't treat with antibiotics you will eventually get worse.
About a year following the diagnosis and trying all the medications available at the time (I think) without success, I got a positive test result for lyme disease. I stayed on iv treatment of ceftriaxone, metronidazole, and azithromycin (in between breaks due to infection of my groshong) and oral INH for about a year. Due to the military's refusal to pay for the iv treatments, I changed to all orals of the same medications. I have been on the oral program for about 3 months.
My uncle, Darren Preston, was hospitalized in the late 80s or early 90s and was told by his doctor that all his symptoms were that of lyme disease, but he didn’t have the money to do the test for it. In 2008 Darren was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 42 and passed away at 45 January 2010. His wife Atonka Preston informed me they were told of a doctor in Arkansas (who had multiple myeloma himself) that had been researching a link between lyme disease and multiple myeloma.
I suspect they require an ID doc to acknowledge disability for Lyme because it is extremely difficult to find an ID doc that will acknowledge that Lyme can disable a person, which makes for few Lyme patients they have to pay for. If UNUM won't accept Dr. J's diagnosis, then she is in effect, undiagnosed. What kind of doctor do they require to certify her as unable to work in the absence of a diagnosis? They certainly can't punish the patient for doctors' inability to find answers.
I've been on a forum for mothers of kids with lyme disease for several years and nobody on there has a kid with any deformity, funny organs, blindness or anything else. What they have is kids with lyme disease and autism. There are families with three or sometimes more kids with lyme disease. But no deformities etc. Seriously, you seem deeply stressed and in my opinion it is not justified at all. Especially since you have had a scan which says the baby is absolutely fine.
31 -- outer surface protein (OSP), specific for Lyme 39 -- a major protein of B.burgdorferi [Lyme]; specific for Lyme 41 -- could be Lyme, or could be another bacterium 58 -- unknown, but may be Lyme Then in your post you say: "My doc thinks I have co-infections of Lyme disease...but there is no proof because I scored negative on the test." So does the doc agree that you have Lyme? And on what basis does he say you don't have any co-infections? Were there other tests run?
"Efficacy of an experimental azithromycin cream for prophylaxis of tick-transmitted Lyme disease spirochete infection in a murine model." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24165183 Oct. 2013 " a single application of 4% azithromycin cream was 100% protective when applied directly to the tick bite site at the time of tick removal. " " Azithromycin cream formulations appear to hold promise for Lyme disease prophylaxis." The word is 'prophylaxis' not 'treatment'.
Everyone being worked up for neurological symptoms deserves a REAL, true test for Lyme Disease. Your reasons for this are sound and it helps to have a voice reminding people. We cannot say often enough that the test 99% of all doctors use when they "test" for Lyme disease (the standard ELISA) is inadequate and faulty. Patients need to know this and need to request the proper one sent to a capable lab.
Cleocin. But this drug carries its own unique risks, especially C. diff colitis, the nemesis of physicians treating chronic Lyme and related disorders. As always the need for probiotics can not be stressed enough. I prefer the combination of Sacchromyces with an Acidophilus mix.
Dear cyber buddies, I just received some excellent news -- someone very close to me has just today gotten (knock on wood) a clean bill of health after extended antibiotic treatment for Lyme and a coinfection. We started treatment at the same time, and I have run into problems with reaction to various medications, so I am still slogging along and accept that I may never be fully well, but it does give one hope. Here's hoping the same good news for each and every one of us.
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