I have been to numerous drs, for eight years trying to get a diagnosis. I started out with numbness and tingling, and now I have excruciating bilateral thigh pain with occasional cramping that moves back and forth from thigh to the other. I finally found a llmd , she thinks it could be tick related. I was put on ceftin for 6 weeks with no results, and now she has me on a treatment for possible bartonella. Has anyone had severe deep muscle thigh pain with bartonella?
I have come out positive for Lyme and Bart's and the kind of pain you described is not unusual, everyone experiences the pain differently. The sad thing is there is not one way to treat and not one way that works for everyone . I agree with Jackie about who you see and where you are tested.
Sorry to hear you have had symptoms for 8 years! I hope you are on your way to recovery. Unfortunately, Lyme and coinfections are tricky to diagnose and to treat. You definitely need a doc who is experienced with treating them (an ilads affiliated doc) and who knows how to deal with a long standing infection.
I have Lyme and Bartonella and I haven't had any muscle pain. I am a true case of neuroborreliosis. The Bartonella has caused me anxiety along with more intense neuro and GI symptoms, which is a common effect of the two.
The symptoms can really vary from person to person, and sometimes it's hard to pin down the coinfection(s), unless there are some uniquely identifying symptoms (like the scratch-looking rash of Bartonella).
Babesia can also be hidden, and can make the Lyme bugs treatment resistant. Have you been tested for coinfections yet? IGeneX is the best for tick borne disease testing.
Not everybody responds the same to any given abx, and usually a combination is more effective. It is not uncommon for symptoms to vary and for new ones to develop after starting treatment. Have you asked your doctor for anything to help with the pain? Epsom salt baths might help. People with Lyme are nearly always magnesium deficient, and epsom salts and supplements can help replenish it.
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