I thought I'd write about something that is very common to Lyme families - new symptoms emerging throughout treatment. A month ago, our son started a new protocol which included treatment for bartonella, also known as "cat scratch fever".
While he had some symptoms of it - extreme irritation and cursing a lot which are also hallmarks of teen boy behavior - it was unclear that he was infected. He had no skin marks nor the common complaint of pain on the soles of the feet. The diagnosis had been made clinically, plus it is ranked as the number one tick co-infection and since he had number 2: babesia and number 4: mycoplasma, it would make sense that he could also have number 1: bartonella.
The day before he started his second cycle after a break, our family was watching television and I looked down and saw stretch marks in the center of his back at the midpoint of his spine. While looking at that I also noticed a pretty large patch of very small white spots up along his hairline, like a smattering of white freckles against his tanned skin.
A quick internet search showed numerous photos of bartonella stretch marks in the same exact spot. I'm not sure what the white spots are - a fungus perhaps? The stretch marks were lighter and a very pale pink compared to the more striking internet images. By the next morning they were gone, the white patches were fainter, and he started cycle two. Now on day 5 the stretch marks are back and the spots are now larger raised pink welts and are moving down toward the stretch marks - pretty sure they are both caused by bartonella which has clearly been stirred up with the new treatment.
Working wife and mom to two, including a teen son who was diagnosed with Lyme and other co-infections from an unseen tick bite with no bulls-eye.
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