There are ways to restore joint health once the Lyme is gone. And I'm not talking about joint replacement surgery, either. There are herbs, nutritional supplements, exercises, etc. that can help. For example, my Husband was almost housebound from damage to his joints from long-term steroid use. Then he started taking MSM and his joints started improving and stopped hurting. So he got into hiking and now his joints are doing very well.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), IV Milk Thistle, probiotics.