Hi Amanda. I am sorry your boyfriend is so sick.
How long was he sick before getting diagnosed? What were his test results? Has he been treated for just nine months? Is he currently being treated? If so, what meds is he taking? Is he seeing a Lyme knwledgeable doctor? What does his doctor say? Does he have co-infections?
I don't know the answer to your question regarding MS. I do know that treating tick-borne illnesses can be very complicated and no matter how unfair it is, in many cases it can take time to recover.
He is very lucky to have your support.
My boyfriend originally got Lyme for the first time at 14, had a bulls eye, 30 days doxy oral and was thought that it had gone away, about 2 1/2 yrs ago he started getting terrible headaches every day among many other things n the search for a diagnosis started, in novemeber after many hospital stays, he was finally diagnosed with lyme when his blood and spinal fluid came back positive twice. he has been on 30 days IV rocephin, doxy and now is on ceftian. however, last week he began to loose eyesight in one of his eyes, we brought him to the hospital and they said he had optic neuritis, basically inflammation of the optic nerve, which may sometimes be the 1st symptom of MS. of course the neuroligists were all over the idea of MS, as they always are. and refused to send in an ID lyme dr, becuase " theyd just say it was lyme"...uhh yeh!
as far as we know, he has no co infections, and the antibiotics have helped him tremendously compared to the way he was not so long ago....
its just so controversial, this lyme ms back and forth. but who do you listen to? the lyme dr that tells u, u have lyme or the ms dr that tells u u may have ms?
Hi Amanda. Since your boyfriend is responding to antibiotics, it sounds like Lyme to me. Was he tested for all the co-infections? This is very important. How many days was he on Doxy? Is he taking Ceftin by itself?
Definitely make sure his doctor knows about the optic neuritis. I Googled "can Lyme cause optic neuritis" and many sites with information came up. You may want to check them out.