Posted 9/16/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -7)
Tayshel, If you know that you had Lyme back in your childhood, then I'd have to say 'yes, it is possible that Lyme has something to do w/ your illness now. I would never presume to say 'probably', or that I feel certain. Especially, since the very best Drs and researchers still do not know all of the connections here.
I my case, I believe that I contracted Lyme (from known tick bite), which compromised my immune system and caused EBV, amongst others (had mono as a teenager) to reactivate.
This is NOT a known or proven fact, because it can't be. It is also possible that I had a chronic EBV problem, which compromised my immune system, leaving me more suseptible for Lyme.
Soooo....... Which came first is not something that we can know at this time. They are all interelated, tho, I am sure of it.
So, here is one idea: There are Lyme Drs (LLMDs) who will prescribe some heavy duty abx, if they believe the person has a good chance of having LYme. (However, Lyme tests can be very inaccurate, for a multitude of reasons I won't go into now).
And some people will never be cured. However, if a person w/ CFS, MS, Parkinson's, Lupus, etc responds well to abx, then that demonstrates a liklihood of having LYme.
An active, chronic Lyme infection is very screwy. Many call it 'The great imitator' because the symptoms are so similar to other diseases.
However, I think I've figured out that it is not that Lyme 'mimics' other diseases. I believe that it is quite possible in some cases, not neccessarily a majority, that (late stage Lyme) Lyme was the root cause of the other current infections and symptoms.
Anyway, Taysel, I am certain that Lyme can 'go away' for many years, if it was not properly diagnosed and sufficiently treated. BUT, it has NOT 'gone away'.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia, chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.