I wish I could say that my story was one that would inspire you, but it's not.
It should be mentioned I do not live in the U.S and my insurance is backing my treatment, as some have begun to do knowing the long-term cost of non-treatment into complex other issues (I have a public health system, insured by my gov't and private work insurance for perscript
ions). I am starting what I am hoping to be a 9 month multi antibiotic treatment. This could have been as little as 2-3 months (fairly reliably) if treated from the initial bite.
I was treated early with 21 days of doxy. I thought I was in the clear as the immediate acute effects were gone. Over the next 2 years I developed many health issues I accumulated to aging and general lifestyle changes. More than I would like to admit ended up with me in the emegency room. Unfortunately I did not realize the other side of the lyme story and was convinced it could in no way be lyme, so I agreed (its my Dr, of course he's up to date on controversial diseases and has done his own research right?).
Anyways here I am, I went untreated for too long that it seems I will have indefinite complications from the infection. Screw what the others say about
not pushing you to seek proper treatment, I think you would be making a huge mistake personally knowing what I know now. Your odds are low and the world knows it, despite what American politics think of it (to be frank).
I would recommend buying a book by Stephen Buhner, it's called "Healing Lyme: Second Edition". He comes from a very well known medical family and is a very educated man. His book will explain to you the nature of the bacteria in simple terms and the way that it reacts when it changes from a tick to a human host. You may draw timeline similarities and better understand what could really be happening in your body now.
I really hope you educate yourself beyond your doctors opinion. I was told by 10+ that it couldn't be lyme. Look what it was after all and I'm getting better now, I hope to be my old self one day.
Goodluck, and I hope I don't get to say "I told you so."
Also edit to add: You mentioned this forum can't do anything for you.... it really can. It helped network me to find proper individuals educated to modern standards (not 1970's) of lyme disease treatment.
Post Edited (Asmoline) : 12/30/2016 3:44:12 PM (GMT-7)