Well, for starters, the word on the street about my LLMD who is an ID Dr, is that his patients get well. So I feel very confident that I will. And if it takes abx, so be it. I can conceive of some time in the future where I might digress from this, but not at this point. Lyme's a freaking bacteria and I'm believing that augmentin will zap it! (you got me on a good day here, normally I'm much more negative....)
Admittedly, this is not appropriate for every sufferer.
As for your Lyme and your immune system, etc, ALL of that is, so far, unclear. NO ONE has these answers firm yet. Yes, I do believe that some people have genetic predispositions that somehow compromise their immune system in certain ways. I believe that is obvious.
It is possible that those who have chronic infections have an immune system already compromised in some way, and it is also evident that Lyme compromises the immune system. The jury is still out on which caused which, but I believe the sensibile opinion is that it's different for everybody.
Still, I wonder if there is any real documentation of someone who positively had Lyme (like the bull's eye, etc) whose immune system alone was able to conquer it? Entirely possible, I believe, but we just don't know about it. THEY aren't the ones going to the Drs or blogging, or having papers published about them.
I was not stressed at the time I contracted Lyme (my tick bite is known). However, I was about stressed to the max within a month of being bitten and it only worsened w/ a certain amount of time. Did Lyme (and plenty of Babs) cause my failures and unbearable anxiety at my new job (after I suffered the closing of a business, which I have never experienced)? Or did this stress leave me defenseless in fighting the Lyme?
I don't think we'll ever know the answer to this question. However, I now will always maintain that I had to quit the job that caused unbearable anxiety, because, unbeknownst to me, I had Lyme and Babs. Still, I don't know what difference it really makes.
If you are lucky enough to have a clear and positive diagnosis of Lyme, then you can begin moving forward, as long as you have a good, knowledgable Dr helping you.
OH -- and I am and always have been a worry wart. I remember my mother telling me, AT THE AGE OF 3, that I would have ulcers by the time I was 5. Still, for many many years, I have enjoyed a very strong immune system (which is probably enhanced by supplements). So, jury's still out on that one, too.
Did I miss any points?
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?