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    May 23rd, 2014Adminlyme diseae treatment

    I have had it for about seven years, but just got diagnosed.

    If you’ve had it untreated for years, it’s much harder to get out of the system. The Lyme spirochete has had time to burrow into the body where it is very difficult to eradicate. Some people in your situation find that long-term antibiotics are needed. Others have been helped by various alternative protocols. ‘Here’s my advice: do your own research. Lyme is controversial in the medical world, and some of the folks in charge insist that only a short course of medicine be given. The insurance companies like that. In many cases, that’s all they will agree to pay for. However, that leaves a lot of sick people out in the cold.So here’s your homework assignment: go the following websites, read up on the issues, and then find yourself a Lyme-literate medical doctor and a good patients support group. You’ll likely need both to help you through.Good sources of info about Lyme disease:http://www.lymedisease.orghttp://www.canlyme.comhttp://www.lymenet.orghttp://www.lymeinfo.nethttp://www.lymediseaseassociation.orghttp://www.ilads.orghttp://www.betterhealthguy.comhttp://www.publichealthalert.com

    Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Rickettsia sp. As such, the bacteria is probably long gone from your system. What you may be experiencing are what we call sequelae, or “after-effects”. These include all sorts of syndromes, from arthritis-like pain to inexplicable fevers, etc.

    If you were just diagnosed, then you probably had a antibody test which said you were exposed. Without actually isolating the bacteria’s DNA in your blood, there is no telling if you really had Lyme’s or were only exposed.

    In any case, talk to your physician and explain in detail all your symptoms. Keep a diary of them as well. Look for anything at all from mild headaches to a rash on your leg. Treatment will be tailored to your symptoms and may include anything from mild pain relievers to immune suppressants.

    Good luck!

    There IS no best treatment. It must be tailored to your needs.

    1 things for sure, though… the “infectious disease epidemiologist” that 1st posted was highly inaccurate.

    They even started out wrong! LYME disease is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi, and has the nasty habit of changing form to evade “attack”, such as by abx, or to survive in a hostile environment.

    If you tested + on the standard ELISA test, then it’s almost certain enough bacteria were in you to cause problems.

    A negative result is almost worthless, though. The ELISA test is 50% accurate at best.

    One thing you should NOT be on are ‘steroids’, which can supress your immune system & allow any active Lyme infection, if present, to get worse…possibly much worse.

    If your symptoms are consistent with late-stage Lyme, AND you had + bloodwork, you have a bit of a road ahead of you.

    Educate yourself about this disease, using the links in the previous poster’s answer & try to find a doc familiar with Lyme treatment. It will take time & you’re symptoms Will flare up initially when starting on treatment (Jarch-Herxheimer reaction).

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