I'm not sure if it's always a threat...the reason I say this is because I know people that are symptom free...and have been for years.
One person - he just did antibiotics...he had chronic lyme (don't know about coinfections) - doesn't do anything now - no herbs...no special diet - eats whatever.
He has been well and symptom free for several years now - (over 6 years)
Is he at some point at risk for relapse?
Another friend of a friend - she had lyme only for a couple of months...and treated with two 'rounds' of antibiotics (two different ones) - I asked my friend of it was a month each time and she said 'something like that'.
She's been well ever since. That was many years ago (more than 10 years)
Why are some people able to stay in remission, and others' aren't?
I don't know Girlie - but sometimes these people say they are "cured" from lyme but then you find out they have other issues but will not attribute to lyme. My great aunt had lyme and was cured with two weeks of doxy yet has horrible joint issues. I believe she has heart issues too. Yet no doctor (or her for matter) would think to connect dots and look for a root cause.It comes down to the immune system.
Quest/labcorp test 3/2016=negative Lyme, pos EBV, myco p
Quest/labcorp 6/2016= pos EBV, HHV6, myco p, negative Lyme and co's
Igenex test 7/7016=negative 31-IND, 41-+++
DNA connexions 01/2017= Lyme (NSA) & ehrlichia
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