Lyme Disease/Lyme IV PICC


Igot lymes,i had the bells palsy,and have stomach pain and is bloated,it feels all tight around waist.I been on antibotics for 5 weeks the bells palsy went away but not the stomach problems.They want to give me a iv picc to put in antibotics now.Do you think that will help?
         thank jim

Dear Jim, the advantage to having IV antibiotics, is that it treats the Lyme bacteria much more aggressively because it hits your blood stream immediately and doesn't have to go through your stomach like oral antibiotics. If your doctors feel that you need to be on IV antibiotics, then you are getting a much faster delivery system of the abx than having to take them by pill form. Plus it won't aggravate your stomach.

I actually know MANY people who have PICC lines inserted in their arms and they have done very well. I'm assuming they are going to have a home health nurse come help you with it? The biggest downside to having a PICC is that you will have to be VERY careful when taking a shower - you can't get it wet - however, there are products you can buy (depending on how long you have the PICC) or some people just wrap it with Saran Wrap.

But to answer your question, do I think it will help? If your doctors feel you need a PICC line, they wouldn't order that unless they feel the need to treat you more aggressively, (or they want to bypass your stomach) and that is a GOOD thing. When I began IV antibiotics, (I never had a PICC, just went in 3 days a week for IV treatments) I started showing improvement within 5 weeks and it was a HUGE improvement from where I was.

I wish you the best and you may want to Google "PICC lines for Lyme" to get tips on how other people have managed with their PICC lines. (Re: taking showers, keeping it clean, avoiding infection, etc.)

I wish you the BEST of luck, Jim and it sounds like you are lucky enough to have some good doctors. Feel free to stay in touch - am hoping you start feeling better soon.


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