WEll, if you have really studied this disease, you will have learned that everyone is different. Not just regarding Lyme, but regarding everything. ex: Some people live because of chemo and some people die because of chemo.
For my part, I will tell you this: Early last fall, I took 60 days of 3500 mg Amox. Those 60 days were Hell. But very shortly afterwards, I noted that a lot of symptoms were gone. I never felt 100%, but wondered if Lyme had been beaten and I was left w/ some damage. My pain was gone, no more sweats, had much improved energy (for a few weeks.....), and the throbbing and 'buzzing' had stopped. Amox is easy -- even at that dose, which is a whammy -- I thought I might really be cured.
Verrrrryyyy gradually, the body aches, flu-like feelings, 'buzzing', FATIGUE, and uncalled for, unannounced depression crept back in, along w/ a physical anxiety -- meaning I was not anxious about
anything, but my body felt like it was --- it all tightens up and wants to freak out. Few months ago, I realized that almost all symptoms had returned. I was sick again. I could not afford the previous LLMD who did not take insurance.
I held out for the infectious Dr on whose waiting list I had been on for over a year. He looked at all my labs, ran a few of his own and dx'ed Lyme, 2 strains of babs, and chronic mono. He stated that during the fall, either the Amox had killed enough infection to make me feel better, OR the bacteria 'avoided' the abx by converting into cell form and/or gone 'hiding'.
SOOOOO.... In response:
1)My Lyme obviously reacted to the abx. In what way, there is no way to know. If you know as much as you say you know about
this bacteria, then you know what I am talking about
. But my utterance of 'pain free' (after 2 months) got my Dr. excited.
2) You said , ' 2 months.' Mind telling us where you got that info? I had 2 months heavy abx, and in all honesty decided I would believe that 60 days of 3500 mg/day could do it. I experienced great improvement, but my symptoms are back. From the info gained from my research, that is about
par for the course.
I agree w/ you -- 2 months of high doses of abx SHOULD clear Lyme up. Maybe it does for many people. Every body (not everybody) is different. I have 2 strains of babesia which have not been treated. Maybe that is the reason that 60 days of high dose abx did not whip my LYme. Neither I, nor my Doctor knows. OH, btw, this is an infectious disease Dr who started out in internal medicine -- you seem so interested in credentials. Uh, and I believe MDs have studied more biology than you have, please correct me if I am wrong.
Motox, you may know a lot about
Lyme. And I don't care if you are a biologist -- you do not know more about
this disease than everyone else here. You come across as w/ an ego a bit inflated and in some areas you are entirely out of line. MDs that have more degrees than you are still researching and are still baffled by many aspects of this disease and proper treatment.
I encourage you to continue w/ your education on Lyme, which most of us have done for years, before you go challenging everyone here.
I will give you the benefit of the doubt: Maybe this is the way some people think and act when they do not understand what is or might be wrong. IN that case, you should continue to research your own illness, meantime stop challenging and putting everyone here on the defensive. We DO have the sense to know that we are sick, and MOST of us have Lyme diagnosis from qualified Drs and/or labs.
And, uh, OH, and I request your source that states half the population has 41+.
AND, huh? 'If you let it sit for along time, its going to looks +.' Where did you get THAT info?
AS YOU KNOW, WBs must be read w/in 24 hours to be valid. Letting the blood sit long enough and any antibodies that may have been present, no longer are.
Again, what is your point here?
If you feel like responding, I would respectfully request that you answer my questions (the whys and the wheres) rather than simply making remarks.
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.
Post Edited (+Lyme) : 7/23/2010 10:54:00 PM (GMT-6)