Does lyme decrease life expectancy?

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HallieMae
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   Posted 11/16/2013 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if lyme decreases life expectancy? Having a paranoid moment.
Also is dying due to lyme rare?? shakehead

lymerunner
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   Posted 11/17/2013 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Ive wondered that myself sad   Maybe, but I would have to say, there probably isnt a group of people that knows their body better and takes care of themselves like us lymers!!! :-)

TICKLEDPINK
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   Posted 11/17/2013 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that there are quite a few suicides as a result of chronic Lyme, it's very sad but understandable, given the pain and suffering that some have to put up with for years sad

I live in Germany and a chap in our village died last month due to heart disease that could be directly connected to Lyme.

opugirl
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   Posted 11/17/2013 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
In general, I think the answer is no. Especially because after many of us get through with this we are overall much more conscientious about what we put in our bodies and taking care of ourselves.
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Healing98
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   Posted 11/17/2013 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that dying from Lyme decreases year-by-year because the medical community is more informed on it than they were in the past. New tests are coming out now that can better detect Lyme and this will have people under treatment sooner than in the past.

When Lyme came to the scene in the 80's doctors were treating it as Fibromyalgia, MS, or as a mental illness so the outcome was slim since the infection itself was not being addressed.

I hope that in ten years we will have even better tests, stronger antibiotics, and more knowledge on what herbs are best for this type of infections.

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   Posted 11/17/2013 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Technically, very few actually die from "Lyme disease". What they die of is complications, like heart issues or some other dramatic condition that can happen.

With that said though, once you are aware of what's happening to your body, it's less and less likely that you will have to deal with really bad issues. Only a small handful of people have the really bad issues, fortunately.

Lyme and company can set off autoimmune issues (I have psoriasis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and uhmmm, something else) that was brought on by these infections - but, again, not that many actually have autoimmune issues either.

Like is being said here, the more you know what's happening to your body, and the better you care for it, the better your chances are to not have to deal with any of these things.
Lyme herbs used: "Chronic Tonic" from www.mistymeadows.org/wendydocs/Lyme Disease.pdf for 9 months

Bart herb - only Houttuynia for 6 months
tx ended 1-2013

Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV

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springsjean
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   Posted 11/18/2013 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to think the same thing and found myself actually saying to people "well at least I know what I am going to die from."  But I don't think that way anymore.  Here's my logic.  Let's face it, no one is in perfect health.  We all as we age come down with different illnesses or chronic conditions or have them and don't know about them. 
 
The "good part about lyme" if there is one is that it can be an eye-opener.  I have had so many tests and so much blood taken.  They are by far perfect but at least I know what I have to keep an eye on and should be doing.  Its our job to know our bodies and try and keep on top of things.  Its the same with lyme.  Lyme can be controllable once we get it to that stage.  If we can get it into like a "remission" it can become like herpes or asthma where we keep it under control. 
 
The hard part of course is getting to that point and I have to say it takes a lot of hard work but part of the hard work is determination and positive thinking.  You have to think you will get there and work darn hard at it and it can work, or can be better than it is. 
 
Keep at it, really there is no other choice anyway.
 
Lyme, HME, HGE, bartonella. 4+ years undiag. despite 10 drs.
Current meds: folbic, neurontin, cymbalta, plaq. and roxid Prior meds: bactrim, doryx, amantadine, amox, minocycline, tetracy. IV refused by ins. Supplements: boluoke, alpha lipoic acid, AG immune, magnesium, milk thistle, resistant microbes, cats claw
FEELING GREAT THESE DAYS! Hang in there - it does get better.

springsjean
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   Posted 11/18/2013 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure why you would suggest that. Just trying to think positive and post my experience with lyme.
Lyme, HME, HGE, bartonella. 4+ years undiag. despite 10 drs.
Current meds: folbic, neurontin, cymbalta, Prior meds: bactrim, doryx, amantadine, amox, minocycline, tetracy, roxithyromycin. IV refused by ins. Supplements: boluoke, alpha lipoic acid, AG immune, magnesium, milk thistle, resistant microbes, cats claw
FEELING GREAT THESE DAYS! Hang in there - it does get better.

Traveler
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   Posted 11/18/2013 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Springsteen, you have missed a lot in the last few days. Please bear with us as we try to find out if this is the owner of the account or if the account has been compromised.
Lyme herbs used: "Chronic Tonic" from www.mistymeadows.org/wendydocs/Lyme Disease.pdf for 9 months

Bart herb - only Houttuynia for 6 months
tx ended 1-2013

Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV

Questions about what I've posted or just have questions? Please email me!!! Click on blue envelope under my screen name.

springsjean
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   Posted 11/18/2013 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops sorry Trav. Haven't been on in a while. :)
Lyme, HME, HGE, bartonella. 4+ years undiag. despite 10 drs.
Current meds: folbic, neurontin, cymbalta, Prior meds: bactrim, doryx, amantadine, amox, minocycline, tetracy, roxithyromycin. IV refused by ins. Supplements: boluoke, alpha lipoic acid, AG immune, magnesium, milk thistle, resistant microbes, cats claw
FEELING GREAT THESE DAYS! Hang in there - it does get better.

Traveler
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   Posted 11/18/2013 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to let you know what may be happening.

I'm glad to see you posting!! :-)
Lyme herbs used: "Chronic Tonic" from www.mistymeadows.org/wendydocs/Lyme Disease.pdf for 9 months

Bart herb - only Houttuynia for 6 months
tx ended 1-2013

Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV

Questions about what I've posted or just have questions? Please email me!!! Click on blue envelope under my screen name.
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