Are joints damaged FOREVER?????

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   Posted 5/13/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had LD for about 28 years. I was 6yrs. old when I was bit and around 9 when I was dx with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (falsely). Can abx help my joint pain and stiffness or has the damage already been done?

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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I honestly can't answer that question. I imagine it would be different for everyone on how much they recover. Some go back to full health and others have to live with the pain lyme leaves behind. If the disease is still affecting you then I would think that abx couldn't hurt your joints.

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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hard to say. Keep the muscles surrounding the joint as strong as you can in the event there's a cure or new treatment. Prolotherapy looks kind of interesting.

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   Posted 5/14/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
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   Posted 5/14/2009 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
thats great news Razzle

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   Posted 5/14/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
You know I thought that too. I had so much pain and just thought that this was the way that it was going to be.
But after doing my treatment all of my pain went away.
But as with the horrific brain fog...and memory problems and severe depression and fatique.
I was very suprissed that these all were gone once I got better. I thought and so did my dr.s that I was developing alxthemiers. Yet they could not see it in a MRI...but I had all of the symptons.
So it was like going through a car wash....everthing just washed off.
Not to say that my back is not bothering me some rigth before my cycle..and the horrific stress of this month. But....all things considered. I am very well.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."

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