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Posted by @countrygirl62 in Infectious Diseases, Sep 22, 2011

I am wondering if anyone else has had any dealings with ehrlichiosis. My husband has pretty much been diagnosed with this. We are waiting on bloodwork to come back, but the symptoms are pretty close. He has had terrible headaches. We ended up taking him to the hospital with fever & body aches as well. He started treatment on friday & still is having a terrible time with the headaches. I'm wondering how long this will go on.

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Posted by @lymebytes, Sep 25, 2011

I am sorry your husband is feeling so terrible. It is good he has been diagnosed.

Ehrlichiosis is one of several diseases transmitted by ticks. Many people who have been diagnosed with one tick-borne disease have more than one disease. It is very important that he is tested for the other major tick- borne diseases: Lyme disease, Babesiosis, Bartonella, and Mycoplasma.

Unfortunately, the tests are not completely reliable and results can vary by lab. You can still have these diseases and test negative. IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA is one of the best labs for tick-borne disease testing. Their website is

Is he taking Doxycycline? If so, there are some important tips to know about taking it. Do not have any dairy, iron, or magnesium within two hours of taking it or it will not be absorbed properly. If it makes your husband nauseous, have him eat something substantial and non-dairy before taking it. Avoid the sun. You can get a severe burn in minutes even when wearing sunscreen. Do not lay down for at least an hour after taking it or you can ulcerate your esophagus. This is very painful. Drink a full glass of water when you take it for the same reason.

Whenever he takes any antibiotics, make sure he takes high-quality acidophilus. This replaces the good bacteria and helps to prevent yeast overgrowth. The best kind to get are refrigerated and have a high-culture count. Most health-food stores have them.

If you need more information on tick-borne diseases, you can email me at

I hope your husband feels better soon. He is lucky to have your support.


Posted by @countrygirl62, Sep 27, 2011

As it turns out, that wasn't what he had at all. We took him home from the hospital on a Tues. & turned around & took him back on Thur. That E.R. doctor (went to a different hospital) immediately gave him benadryl (I think that was what it was) & they told me that was for possible swelling on the brain. They immediately ran an MRI & all looked ok there so the doctor did a spinal puncture. That is when they found he had meningitis. It took two days to find out what kind he had. As it turned out, it was the viral, but he was VERY ill with it. I know the bacterial is much worse as our son had a baseball buddy who almost died from it. Just a little bit longer & they said it would've killed him. It's a scary illness. It will be two weeks on Wed. that all of this started & he's still pretty weak. The tick panel all came back negative and this was from two hospitals. I know sometimes you can get a false neg., but the bigger hospital did a PCR (I think that was what the doctor said) and he said it was more accurate than the first one we had done. Anyway, thanks for the information. I appreciate your reply on this. This was the first time I had ever used this site & I just thought I'd give it a shot. OH..and yes, they were giving him Doxycicline. What he was getting was in an IV and he only took 2 or 3 before we went back to the hospital.

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