Just diagnosed with Lymes Disease. Can I still run marathon in 6 weeks?

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I was just diagnosed with Lymes Disease today. I have had the symptoms for 3 weeks, but figured I was coming down with the flu as I am in the big mileage for my marathon coming up in October 1st. The symptoms took a turn for the worst on Tuesday and I found myself in the ER and being diagnosed with Acute Lymes. I haven't ran since last Friday. I started antibiotics today. My question is, will I still be able to train and do my marathon on October 1st? Or is it not worth the risk?

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    Sorry to hear of your sickness and diagnosis but you are fortunate that it was caught at the acute phase as it is highly treatable at this point.  You will likely be on antibiotics for a quite a few weeks as you should be - if not longer.  I want to say, "giver" if you're feeling well enough and up for it but I can't.  I strongly recommend you take the time to heal your body as it's in a highly inflammed state right now.  It could impact your recovery and long term prognosis.  Your body needs rest right now more than ever before.  The fact the you've been experiencing the flu like symptoms and feeling unwell - speaks volume.  

    If the race were six months down road - completely different story.

    I'm sure it's not what you want to hear and is simply my advice based off of experience, personally and through others.  I would have given and done ANYTHING to have had proper treatment at the onset of my infection 12 years ago.  Trust me you want this infection/ bacteria out of your body.   Having said all of this, in the end - it's ultimately your decision.

    Get better - most important! Your body will thank you.

    Best wishes!


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    Thank you everyone. I have decided that it's probably best for me to opt out of the marathon. I could try it, but the risk of making the infection worse is not worth it

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