It's pretty easy to go years and years with it because it has a tendency for symptoms to get bad, then ease off for a while in many. I was first infected with RMSF at the age of 7 - it wasn't recognized as such and I was given a short course of abx that sent it into a chronic form.
By age 8 I was showing symptoms of Bartonella, but no one ever thought about
testing me for it- of course this was 42 years ago too.
By age 9 I was showing Lyme arthritis - a late stage symptom - but no one ever thought of testing me for this either.
Like many on this forum, no matter what I symptoms I told my doc's over the years, they brushed it off, looked for other conditions, even yelled at me for not starting their "cure" for me.
No one with these infections gets off easy, unless it's caught before symptoms start and treated appropriately - but with so many doctors playing ostrich and just sticking their head in the sand, that's hard to do!
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended Dec. 2011 - no active symptoms
Herb only treatment for Babesia ended Dec. 2012 - no active symptoms
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Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
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