I'm so sorry to hear where you're at, Utahgal!!! (((hugs)))
And, you know I keep saying this but, my research continually tells me that your Igenex results confirm Lyme and it's helped me understand why they are what they are.
You've had long-standing, untreated infections that are known to suppress the immune system. A suppressed immune system means the antibody response will be suppressed.
Your Igenex test results showed a "reaction" to Lyme...not a strong one but, a reaction still the same. Your body was exposed to Lyme....it's too weak now to put up a good fight.
I couldn't agree more that it totally sucks that there aren't better tests available. That DNA-sequencing test happening out of Milford, CT has promise but only works for new infections.
Still, I have no question in my mind that your Igenex results show that you have Lyme - sorry.
I'm also sorry to say I think your bacterial load is high and I agree with your LLMD that much of it is in cyst form. That's what my research says can happen when someone has Lyme that wasn't treated for a long time after the initial infection.
And, the case histories in the books I've read along with the stories shared on here tell me that longstanding, untreated infections can take longer to heal than new infections....sometimes years, unfortunately.
For the unfortunate souls in this situation, I doubt they were feeling any improvements at this point. I'm reading stories about
6 months and longer.
And, yes, "other issues" can most definitely impact that timeline.
I suggest that you review your yeast situation with your LLMD. There's a great thread on here that IHL initiated and Pirouette explained in-depth how yeast impacted her healing.
"Other issues" is a recurring theme in the Lyme books I've read. It's those "other issues" that Dr. Horowitz addressing in his 16-point map for differential diagnosis.
Taking a peek at that might not be a bad idea....
I am totally confident that there will come a time when you can finally feel the positive effects of those abx you're taking. However, you need to get a decent amount of bacteria out of your system before that happens.
The bacteria can only be killed when they're growing and the growth cycle is 3-6 wks. It's going to take awhile to make a dent in that population when the killing isn't happening that frequently.
Tindamax is known to be an excellent cyst buster and usually takes 2 wks. to start busting
open cysts. You have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating minocycline ready to take out the bacteria coming out of the cysts.
Based upon the following PubMed article:
You are on a very effective meds combo....one that can minimize herxing.
Throw in your detox protocol and you might heal a bit more painlessly than others.....but that still doesn't mean you're going to feel better now - all because it takes so freakin' long to be able to kill those blasted bugs.....and, once again, because your bacterial load needs to decrease significantly before you experience improvements.
Taking out 1 or 2...or even 10 nails doesn't cut it when the foot has 16 in it.
Hang in and please keep the faith.
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