My two part question is first, does anyone know if it is possible to have lyme Disease, be tested and sometimes be + and not others, and does anyone sweat a lot with this disease? Along with all my other problems I have just been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and for a very long time I thought that my sweating was part of My Chron's Disease.
I have many other symptoms that I am trying to figure out if it is my Chron's , My heart or Lyme Disease. If anyone has any ideas or input I would be sooooo ...... grateful
When your Lyme test is +, it means your immune system
is producing antibodies to fight the bacteria. If a test is --, it is not necessary that you do not have lyme, it means your body is not producing the antibodies against it. Why: Several reasons: according to LLMDs (Lyme Literate MDs, many of the chronic lyme patients test --, but with antibiotic treatement, they later test +. The bacteria likes to hide and comes back when the situation is favorable for it to thrive. That is why it is so difficult to eradicate it. It is hiding from the immune system
and if the immune system does not recognize it, it is not producing the antibodies to destroy it. This is one reason it is not detected in blood. If it is no longer in the blood, the tests are -- because the tests measures the antibodies in your blood. Lyme bacteria takes several forms: Cyst, spirochettes, and biofilm. Read the first thread on this forum, as Traveler suggested. The cyst and biofilm is hard to eradicate, even with abx.
Lyme should be a clinical diagnoses, it should not be based entirely on test results. Even the CDC says so.
If you sweat=the toxins are coming out of your body=good thing, you do not want them to stay in there! They make you feel sick. Antibiotics kills the bacteria and leaves toxins residue from it in your body. Detox
recepies are available in the first thread, some are v. simple and innexpensive. Some people have excellent results with those detox methods.
Good luck and please let us know if you have questions. Everyone here is nice and helpful. Hope the above makes sence--my brain is pretty cloudy right now.
Post Edited (Simela) : 9/4/2010 8:09:04 PM (GMT-6)