Where do we (or our physicians) who suffer from a more complicated Lyme find this info and advice, Spanky?All we are talking about is an attempt to provide doctors who see patients with the best advice and information possible. Would you rather they not do this at all?
I give you an example:
"Complications of Coinfection with Babesia and Lyme Disease After Splenectomy"
Quote (but it is more info in the site):
He was prescribed doxycycline but did not improve. Twelve days after presentation he noted myalgias with associated difficulty walking and was seen in the emergency department. Intra-erythrocytic parasites were noted on a thick blood smear; malaria was diagnosed and the patient was prescribed oral chloroquine.
One day later the diagnosis was changed to babesiosis and treatment was changed to oral clindamycin and quinine. Several days later the patient was hospitalized with dark-colored urine and Babesia parasitemia of 4%. He initially received intravenous quinine and clindamycin, but he did not respond and treatment was changed to atovaquone, azithromycin, and a 2-week course of doxycycline. He developed adult respiratory distress syndrome, presumably from a Babesia parasitemia now up to 16%; this necessitated an exchange transfusion. The myalgias and weakness worsened and primary demyelinating polyneuropathy was diagnosed on electromyography. A magnetic resonance image of the brain was normal but serum IgM and Western Blotting were positive for Lyme disease. Despite a 1-month course of ceftriaxone, neuropathic symptoms did not improve until he received a 5-day course of intravenous immune globulin (IVIG).