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Wife with chest pain for 5 years

Wife has been on IV antibiotic Rocephen since August 2009 with no change in symptoms. Chief complaint if unrelenting chest wall pain. MD treating her ordered to have PICC-line pulled and adds that he does not know what to do at this point. From the beginning MD attributed all symptoms to Lyme disease which her lab work shows being exposed to. Nothing has worked at this time. Any ideas?
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Sorry to hear about your wife's pain. I was recently tested for Lyme Disease but only know a bit about it from my discussions with my doctor and online research. I'm assuming your wife had a positive western blot to confirm the original diagnosis? Did she get a second opinion from a lyme friendly doctor? The Lyme Disease Association keeps a database of these it might be worth checking.

Lyme symptoms mimic many others. If antibiotics haven't helped, it seems like it might be good for her to be screened for other possibilities. Chest wall pain was my first major symptom of fibromyalgia. Muscle relaxers allowed me to sleep at night and manage during the day. Sometimes sleeping with a pillow between my breasts or a heating pad also relieves pain. I'm not sure what type of MD she's seeing but perhaps a trip to the rheumatologist or neurologist could confirm/rule out other conditions.

I hope that at least helps get the ideas going. If I think of anything else, I'll post again. Best of luck to you.

http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/Doctor_Referrals.html
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