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  •  Find a doctor who is familiar with treating Lyme (6+ / 0-)
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    C S McCrum, wader, 42, KenBee, Chacounne, UnaSpenser

    First, I would take some pictures of the rash before it fades and then get them printed so if you can't get in to see a doctor before it fades, you have pictures to show them when you do get in.

    Before making your appointment, ask if the doctor has any experience diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.  Do you live in Lyme country, or were you just visiting?  If you live where Lyme is prevalent, you should be able to find an internist or infectious disease specialist who can help you if you think you might have contracted Lyme.  Remember that there are other tick-borne illnesses, such as Erlichiosis, that need to be screened for.  If you live where Lyme disease is rare, make sure you let your doctor know that you were visiting a region where Lyme is very common and you would like to treat it early if you have it.  I am a nurse in Seattle, where it is rare, and the doctors here just don't even think about it as a possibility.  In a region such as Seattle where very few doctors have any experience treating Lyme, seeing an infectious disease specialist at a major teaching institution would be the best way to go.  They keep up on all these types of infections and treat all the people who catch unusual things while traveling.

    Above all, DON'T WAIT.  The sooner you treat Lyme the better, before it can disseminate all over the body and into the central nervous system.  My sister has suffered from it for 8 years - she did find out she had it or get treatment until her short term memory was wiped out and she could barely move she was so tired.  Now it is in a kind of relapsing form where it responds for a while to treatment and then symptoms recur.  

    Everyone should be aware that Lyme is caused by a spirochete - the same type of organism that causes SYPHILIS - and we know that syphilis disseminates and infects the brain as well - eventually causing death.  So don't mess around with Lyme.

    take care.

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