Sept. 18: After getting a diagnosis of lyme, my LLMD started me on doxy 200mg x a day, and ceftin 500mg x a day. He asked me not to self treat for viruses, so he can see what the abx treatment is doing for me. The first 2 weeks I gradually felt worse and worse. At first, I sneezed and felt like I was getting a head cold every morning. Adding by the day were: sore throat, headache, stiff neck, and lower energy than usual. After a week, I experienced shortness of breath, on and off for a few days. (I remember having this symptom from time to time thru the years). Then I started experiencing achiness in my upper back/shoulder/neck area that I had for the first time last autumn--when I had a severe relapse of what I thought was classic CFIDS/FM. Two new symptoms appeared: chills/fevers cycling thru the day, and neurological "glitches" hard to describe. Sort of like when a doctor gave me an overdose of an antidepressant. (I was supposed to take a tiny dose to help sleep, but he didn't understand and gave me a starter dose for depression which is much higher). The end of the 2 weeks of all this getting worse by the day was on Tuesday Oct. 2. I had the neurological glitches whenever I was up, and so spent most of the day in bed. All symptoms were present and at their worst. The next day, I was remarkably better. I had only one neurological event for the next 2 days, and then they basically stopped. I felt better by the day for about a week, with all symptoms either lessening or disappearing. I even started exercising a little. After that week of improvement, I had worse headaches and soreness for a few days. The area around my heart felt sore and almost like a burning sensation. Then, I improved, getting less sore, but always some upper back soreness. Some symptoms came and went: hip pain, extra fatigue, stiffness after being still, and especially the chills alternating with low level fever. This held for several weeks, with ups and downs in the soreness level of my upper back. I didn't have a lot of energy, but walked every day either a half mile or more, and sometimes a little bit on the Nordic track. This last week and a half, the chills have come less often, and the fevers became more prevalent. I've gotten into the habit of taking an hour's nap every day. Even though I wake up feeling I've gotten adequate sleep, I'll suddenly get very fatigued and just have to lie down. The fevers come suddenly: I'll suddenly break out in perspiration and feel damp. I'd say it's like hot flashes of menopause except my tempt goes up 1-1.5 degrees over my normal. Sometimes I get up to 99. but usually it's under that. If I drink a glass of water, it immediately comes out all my pores, and my temp goes up. Needless to say, I've been drinking double portions of water. So I seem to be in a holding pattern of low energy, sleeping well, napping almost every day, and a little soreness in the upper back area. The fevers occur less often--maybe 3-4 times a day, and don't feel as quite as feverish. My next appointment is in a little over a week. I'm suspecting I have a co infection because of the fever spikes, but overall, I'm definitely seeing improvement. After the first 2 weeks, I've felt better than before I started this treatment. I know I could still go thru some misery before this is all over, but for now: so far, so good.