You more than likely cannot get better for good without a cyst-busting drug.
The spirochete hides out in the tissues and the central nervous system where it cannot be touched by conventional antibiotics.
The Flagyl (and there are others) breaks
open the cyst, so the regular antibiotics can do their job of killing the spirochete form.
The spirochete can even form a cyst when exposed to antibiotics. It is it's defense mechanism. This is also how the organism eludes the immune system so it cannot always be detected by antibody testing.
Any adverse conditions- exposure to antibiotics or steroids- can cause the spirochete to go into "hiding". It will remain there until conditions are favorable. When you stop the antibiotics for a time, the spirochetes can reform from the cyst and cause symptoms again. This type of relapse would indicate that the bug wasn't erradicated.
I am a microbiologist and this is easy for me to understand. I hope I have made it clear with my explanation.
You need a cyst busting drug.
See page 12 #4 below:
I will start meds on Dec 3 at my follow up to discuss my test results, so I have no personal experience as of yet. I went undiagnosed for 14 years, so I am not sure what protocol my doctor will use. I did meet a man who was sucessfully treated by the doctor I am seeing.
Post Edited (kitty9309) : 11/16/2008 8:47:56 PM (GMT-7)