Can you ever fully get rid of Lyme?

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   Posted 2/22/2012 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
So, as I've shared the news that I have Chronic Lyme most likely from a tick bite when I was 12, I'm asked, after treatment will you be cured? Or can you get rid of Lyme? I don't know if I have a clear answer since the word chronic would imply otherwise but just wondering, can you ever fully rid your body of lyme and the co-infections and not have any of the symptoms in the future? I know that each individual is different, where the lyme exists in each body can be different, but is it possible? Just not sure what to tell people.

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   Posted 2/22/2012 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
That is the million dollar question! Unfortunately, no one has the answer to that. We are not sure if people who have gone many years symptom free are "cured" or if they are in "remission." From what I have gathered through research we will always have it, BUT, hopefully by keeping it under control we can be symptom free or have minimal symptoms.

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   Posted 2/23/2012 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, I really don't like the term "Chronic" Lyme. Sounds like something that can't be fixed.

At this point, the scientists cannot prove a patient is completely free of the Borellia bacteria. Nor can they determine if a recurrence is a matter of relapse or re-infection. So we are a bit in the dark.

As there is no absolute answer, so let's declare our own. I am fully intending to leave this disease in my dust! Will I be completely clear of Lyme and co-infections in the future? Yes, in the very near future, in fact.

My doctor says one day I'll be eating dinner with my friends and when the subject of Lyme comes up I'll say, "Oh yes, Lyme, I had that a while back. It's all behind me now." Can't wait.

I can't think that it would help a person at all to allow themselves to be haunted by the specter of "Chronic" Lyme.

So let's get completely well, and declare ourselves cured and get on with our lives!
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   Posted 2/23/2012 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree. I think there are many people walking around with diseases that they once had that are dormant in their body. The key is to get the body to the point where it fights it off on its on. We come in contact with bacteria, germs and viruses everyday that our bodies fight off. It is so important to keep our immune systems in check. Avoiding stress and living healthy lives will help do both.

I never thought I would be in a position to be wondering the same thing but I continue to be shocked how my body seems to have finally turned the corner and either eradicated the bulk of the bacteria or somehow keeping the symptoms in check.
Lyme, HME, HGE, bartonella. 4+ years undiag. despite 10 drs.
Current meds: neurontin, cymbalta Prior meds: roxy, bactrim, doryx, amantadine, amox, minocycline, tetracy. IV refused by ins. Supplements: boluoke, alpha lipoic acid, AG immune, magnesium, milk thistle, resistant microbes, grapefruit seed ext.
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