Lyme disease

About Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick. The first symptom is usually a rash, which may look like a bull's eye. As the infection spreads, you may haveA feverA headacheMuscle and joint achesA stiff neckFatigueLyme disease can be hard to diagnose because you may not have noticed a tick bite. Also, many of its symptoms are like those of the flu and other diseases. In the early stages, your health care provider will look at your symptoms and medical history, to figure out whether you have Lyme disease. Lab tests may help at this stage, but may not always give a clear answer. In the later stages of the disease, a different lab test can confirm whether you have it.Antibiotics can cure most cases of Lyme disease. The sooner treatment begins, the quicker and more complete the recovery.After treatment, some patients may still have muscle or joint aches and nervous system symptoms. This is called post-Lyme disease syndrome (PLDS). Long-term antibiotics have not been shown to help with PLDS. However, there are ways to help with the symptoms of PLDS, and most patients do get better with time.NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Symptoms of Lyme disease
  • A rash, which may look like a bullseye
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Fatigue

All Medications for Lyme disease

  • Ceftin
    (cefuroxime axetil)
    Prescription only

    Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Injection
  • Ery-Tab
    Prescription only

    Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release tablet
    • Extended release
  • Vibramycin
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Acnecycline
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Lyme disease

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • recovery make take a long time

  • IV Ozone combined with UV and silver in the IV

  • change in diet is essential; low sugar, no caffeine

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Don't bother with the NHS

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • diet change