Folllowing a suggestion by LGM, I contacted Dr Stratton of Vanderbilt to get a second opinion regarding my restarting full time antibiotic treatment after quitting for a month and having some symptoms resurface. I have been taking antibiotics for over two years. Following is his his reply:
I suspect that some persons may need up to three years of therapy. We have an ongoing study in MS patients in which the treatment is going to be three years. As your symptoms returned, I would definitely go back on therapy for at least another year. The good news is that one can go back on antibiotics whenever the symptoms recur, so no matter how long one is treated, if symptoms recur off treatment, one simply goes back on treatment. Hope this helps.
Thanks to Dr Stratton for his help. I was quite pleased that he answered my email. We are so lucky to have experts like David and "Chuck", to help us out. If it was just up to my GP, I think I would never even have started antibiotics. While I'm not thrilled to be back on full time treatment, the small break was nice and the treatment really isn't that hard to follow.
My golf scores have been getting better as my dislocated finger heals. I shot an 82 last week.
I'm wondering if doxycycline increases sun sensitivity more, the longer you take it. I've practiced the same behaviour over the past three years with regards to playing times and sun exposure. This year I've experienced some severe burning that is a little different from a normal sunburn. I've had to take to wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt for protection and things are slowly normalizing. Possibly the sun is more intense this year than last. I did not burn like this in the previous two years despite having basically the same exposure.
Also, I seem to have lost DW's email address when I lost a hard drive. Could somebody please refresh me, as I would like to update him on my decision to continue treatment?