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Re: Disease carried by ticks

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The little b-tards are like heat-seeking missiles.

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Re: Disease carried by ticks

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Letort wrote:
My wife is being treated currently for Babesia, with about 7 different drugs. Very, very serious.


Oh no!
Are they treating her out there? Or did they fly her in to philly? HUP is pretty good for infectious diseases.

Let me know if you need anything!

Posted on: 2/14 11:14


Re: Disease carried by ticks

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Thanks!

Seeing a Lyme specialist in Palmyra (Dr. Noonan). Seems to be on top of things and a very good integrate health dr.

Would like to have some refs, if you are willing to offer any up. Only because Dr. Noonan is in his later 60’’s. PM if you prefer.

Posted on: 2/15 9:29


Re: Disease carried by ticks

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Letort,
I didn’t have any single specialist when I was hospitalized.
Everything was under my cardiologist and my GP,who are the best women in the world.
The infectious disease department at Penn worked as a team to cure me. They really know their stuff ,but,there isn’t one particular doctor I could recommend.

The important thing is,babesiosis is NOT a bacterial infection.
So,treating with an antibiotic only does so much.
You also need an anti-parasitic medication. Once you take a few rounds of the anti-parasite medicine,you start to feel better.
The anti-parasite med I had tasted great!

Posted on: 2/15 11:46


Re: Disease carried by ticks

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Several years ago I developed pain in my eye. Went to the eye doc and he was suspicious of Lyme. Tested positive. Treated with Doxy. Cured.
A few years later, I had the classic bulls eye rash. Treated with Doxy again and apparently cured with no adverse effects.
In June of 2016, I had some flu like symptoms. Doc treated as a normal virus. A week later I noticed my right nipple was enflamed. I suspected Lyme but Doc said it was cellulitis (sp?) and treated with antibiotic. Went away in a few days. Meanwhile I was developing serious pain in my back and shoulder. Since I had a history of shoulder problems, I went to the orthopedic doc and he prescribed the usual PT and pain meds. Around the same time I suddenly developed drooping and paralysis on the left side of my face. Doc at ER diagnosed as Bell's Palsy. Since we had heard of connection between LYme and Bell's, we asked if a Lyme blood test should be done. Doc felt it was not needed and just treated the Bell's with anti-viral and steroids. I followed up with my GP and he did not suspect Lyme either. About 2 weeks later my wife insisted on a Lyme test and sure enough it was positive. Then he treated with Doxy. Almost 8 months later and the Bells is a lot better than it was last year but, it will likely never completely resolve itself. I wonder what would have happened if the Lyme treatment had been started earlier?
So, a couple of things. There are many different ways that Lyme can express itself. Many different kinds of symptoms. Second, you need to be your own advocate and insist of tests when you think they are needed.

Posted on: 2/16 16:55


Re: Disease carried by ticks

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As I have gone through the Lyme journey, keep in mind how important it is to see a Lyme literate doctor, if you suspect you have Lyme.

The test approved by the CDC and the one that insurance companies will recognize is only accurate 54% of the time. So its a coin toss. A Lyme literate doctor can look past the test results and evaluate all the symptoms. Other docs may not pick up on it.

Posted on: 2/28 15:36


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Five years ago I go to my doctor because I had flu like symptoms for almost A week. She gave me antibiotics and they did nothing , back to the doctor again, and again, and again. I told her I spend A lot of time in the outdoors and asked about lyme. She told me that if I didn't have the bullseye rash then it wasn't Lyme.I went to local hospital and they also said it was the flu. Needless to say after eight months of being sick nonstop my doctor came to the conclusion it was all in my head I finally switched doctors and the first thing my new doctor checked was for Lyme. Yep , it was positive. After all these years now I still have A lot of headaches , muscle issues and still get tired A lot easier than I ever did before.To many doctors just don't take Lyme seriously. If you think it may Lyme push the issue for the Lyme test or ask to get Doxy , if they don't like like it , find A new doctor.

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Re: Disease carried by ticks

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Luckily for me I don't know why but to my knowledge I have never had a tick on my bare skin

Posted on: 3/1 9:21
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Re: Disease carried by ticks

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Same with me, hook jaw. When I was a young child living in DE, I would occasionally get them. That was almost 40 yrs ago. Been living in SW PA ever since and have never had one that I am aware of. I just don't understand it. Maybe they don't like the taste of vodka.

Posted on: 3/1 19:37



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