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Alana’s Lyme Journey – Part 14 – Doctor Decides to Discontinue IV Treatment

mobilecallMy Rocephin treatments are stopped!

I received a phone call today from my doctor’s office. The receptionist told me that my LLMD has decided to discontinue my Rocephin treatments until someone from his office can speak to my insurance company.

My Lyme Disease Story / IV Rocephin Treatment

Really disappointed at this piece of news, considering that I am
willing to self-pay for the medications

WHAT!!!!!! I was really shocked to get this phone call! I knew that they were concerned about whether or not my insurance company would pay my claim and so I agreed to pay for the visits myself (I’m also paying for the actual medication that they use for the infusions). Therefore, I’m not sure I understand why I can’t continue my treatments.insurance

The way the doctor and his staff handled this situation was very unprofessional. The person I was speaking with could not tell me how discontinuing these treatments would affect my health, nor could she answer any of my other questions.

Looking for other alternatives

I completely understand the doctor’s concerns with getting paid. I get that he has to make payroll, that he has bills to pay, too. However, I have told him that I am willing to self-pay, so it is baffling to me that he has chosen to discontinue my care in this way.

I used to have a lot of confidence in the medical community, but after going through this experience with Lyme, I have to admit that my confidence is shaken; I can see why people seek out alternatives. If you have something more than a splinter or a cold, it seems like you’re pretty much on your own.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do now. I will continue to do my oral antibiotics, really watch my diet, and make sure that I get rest. I’m also going to start looking more into the Cowden protocol to see if that might be a better path for my Lyme treatment.

What is a Rocephin?rocephin

Rocephin is the trade name of Cetrifiaxone, a third generation cephalosporin antibiotic, meaning these antibiotics are made from a certain fungus called Acremonium.

Rocephin treats a variety of illnesses that doesn’t respond or are resistant to other antibiotics. These diseases include bacterial meningitis, otitis media, UTI, gonorrhea, septicemia, skin infections, aches on the bones and joints, as well as Lyme disease.

Rocephin is soluble in water as well as other agents such as ethanol and methanol. The drug is administered intravenously (into the veins) and intramuscularly (into the muscle).

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