the arthritis from the Lymes was immensely helped with antibiotics. and of course, any infection of bacterial sorts will end up in an arthritic condition.
it's sad, that the RA and autoimmune condition i have are basically all sequala of the Lymes.
my health BEFORE all that? oh my gosh!!!!! i was wonder woman! weighed 145lbs, ran track, benched pressed more than the boys! worked 2 jobs, went to school....even juggled 3 jobs at one time!
only thing health wise was frequent strep throats.
from 1995 to 2000 i was still doing "fine". i did have knee pain, passing out, seizure activity, and back pain. i was told time & again that i was FINE and NORMAL and nothing was wrong...so i belived them because i was a kid, and i could still do everything i wanted to do.
my blood work in the meantime from 1998 to 2000 showed elevated WBC's, crazy IgGs IgMs...and positive RF and on 2 occassions i had an elevated ANA. then againa...i was a teenager, so i didn't care as long as i could work, go to school, work out, etc...
in August 2001 i started to go slowly downhill. Sept. 2003 through winter 2004 there was a time where i couldn't walk! so i was really disabled, had to quit college several times. got a little better when i went on TNF meds. May of 2005 was when i had to stop work. have been very ill since with the RA.
i never saw a tick bite, although i had a hard bump on my head about the size of a pencil eraser. (which i picked off i think...i was 13, so smart? not so much)
never been tested for the tests you mentioned; although through objective diagnostics i have Ankylosing Spondylitis.
i had asked the neurologist about human to human contagiousness of Lymes. her answer was to wear condoms if you have sex and do NOT donate blood. so there ya have it! maybe researchers & DRs still do not know?
what type of work to you do Marius? you mentioned a little about it...but are you in the research field?
Active/Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Prednisone 20mg; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 60mg; Reglan; Antivert 25mg tid; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.