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Gutted that I have to take an antibiotic due to tick bite

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HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 09:02:10

When I have been working so hard on my gut biome!

Woke up to a bullseye rash on the tick bite that I got a couple of weeks ago. Now facing a three week course of antibiotics sad , although of course I am grateful that I hopefully will not get Lyme disease.

But all that homemade sauerkraut, home made yoghurt, eating a MASSIVE variety of veg....all going to be wiped out sad

Anyone taken this course for Lyme? What was it like? Am picking them up in an hour.

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Shalligo Tue 06-Aug-19 09:03:14

Are you for real? This is Lyme Disease!!!

MustardScreams Tue 06-Aug-19 09:04:14

Err do you know anything about Lyme disease? I’d be more worried about that than gut biome.

HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 09:04:42

Did you not see that I am grateful not to be getting Lyme disease?

It is possible to have contradictory feelings over something.

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HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 09:05:41

I AM worried about lyme disease, hence the taking of the antibiotics.

But it will have side effects and I am sad about them. I really have changed my entire diet to help my overall health, with massive benefit and now I will have to start again.

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Plar Tue 06-Aug-19 09:05:52

I know someone who has lost the use of his hands and has neurological damage from lymes. He has to have help to get to the toilet. Take all your probiotic foods after you have finished the course of antibiotics.

cathyj87 Tue 06-Aug-19 09:07:23

I had a 2 week course following a tick bite last year. No bullseye but I live in deer land so made sure to get them just in case. The doc made them sound horrible, said they would give me horrendous stomach cramps etc but I was grand.
At least you know how to improve your gut biome once you're off them, much better than the possibility of Lyme's

HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 09:07:56

Yes, I am well aware of all the dangers of Lyme disease, hence the immediate contacting of my doctor and getting of the relevant antibiotics.

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HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 09:08:46

thanks cathyj87, I hope that is my experience too.

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HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 09:09:26

am mostly annoyed also with the fact that I picked up a tick in the first place, I wasn't being careful enough given where I was.

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OtraCosaMariposa Tue 06-Aug-19 09:09:40

Antibiotics are a useful drug. Taking a course of them to treat a specific condition isn't going to ruin your health.

ErrolTheDragon Tue 06-Aug-19 09:13:18

There's evidence that adults' gut biome generally recovers, and that changes in it aren't necessarily bad.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/well/live/does-the-gut-microbiome-ever-fully-recover-from-antibiotics.html

HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 11:37:34

thanks ErrolTheDragon, that is extremely interesting and hopeful.

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BeckyWithTheSplitEnds Tue 06-Aug-19 14:26:49

Be thankful you knew what it was and your GP was happy to hand out Doxy - not all are.

I had Lyme earlier in the year - treated with Doxy - I took probiotics simultaneously.

All I can say is be prepared for a lot of pain and a loss of energy - I was very poorly for a couple of months and the pain from the "herxheimer" reaction was terrible. I suppose it must feel like arthritis - I don't know, I've never had it. But I had pains in my hands so severe I'd have amputated with a bread knife! grin

So yeh... less concerned about my gut biology.

HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 15:06:37

gosh that sounds awful Becky. My GP said that she prescribes it for all tick bites, as better safe than sorry.

But I will be concerned about my gut biology as well as being glad that I have got an appropriate treatment for Lyme disease. Gut biome is very important and I have made extremely strenuous efforts to improve mine. Taking such a massive dose of antibiotic is inevitably going to impact it.

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NotWavingButMNing Tue 06-Aug-19 15:54:06

If it's doxycycline I'm taking it at the moment for pneumonia. I've had it before and didn't notice any lasting effects.
There is no point taking probiotics etc until you have finished the course of ABs as they will just be wiped out.
With Doxy you have to be careful of sunlight exposure, it may give you diarrhoea and you can't drink alcohol.

HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 16:06:53

thanks, NotWaving. Hope you feel better soon.

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swingofthings Tue 06-Aug-19 18:34:17

You do have Lyme disease. Antibiotics is not to prevent it but to cure it. Thank God for antibiotics and thsthrybstill work on most people when a clear need is indicated.

managedmis Tue 06-Aug-19 18:35:10

I though Lyme disease was a myth?

LoafofSellotape Tue 06-Aug-19 18:42:48

Fwiw on the occasions I have taken antibiotics I have taken acidophilus alongside them. They definitely help as when I take them I don't get thrush.

catsbeensickagain Tue 06-Aug-19 18:46:52

@managedmis - am I missing irony? Why would Lymes disease be a myth?

catsbeensickagain Tue 06-Aug-19 18:48:29

@HumphreyCobblers Sorry you have to take them. I get it, my DH has terrible gastric problems and has done lots of work with probiotics, he too would be gutted by the need to wipe out all his "good" bacteria - while obviously being grateful for the medicine that can do so! Fingers crossed you will never notice any more Lyme's symptoms and your gut will recover quickly.

MiggyInThePiddle Tue 06-Aug-19 18:50:56

“I though Lyme disease was a myth?”

What? It is a fast increasing serious neurological disease.

Have you got it mixed with something else?

Lozz22 Tue 06-Aug-19 18:52:55

Get some Acidophilus 14 days after you've finished the course of antibiotics. They replenish the good bacteria the antibiotics kill. Don't take them before the 2 weeks is up though and the antibiotics are out of your system otherwise you'll just erase the effects of it

HumphreyCobblers Tue 06-Aug-19 19:24:21

Thanks everyone.

Lyme disease is not a myth! I am under no illusions how serious it is. I immediately sought appropriate medical treatment which I am grateful I can access (I put this in my op!), but I posted here about my gut biome - as catbeensickagain knows, it is hard work when you are seriously trying to improve it in order to help other health problems.

WIll definitely be taking probiotics and eating all the right food afterwards!

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