i think many of the people that claim to be reinfected are just having a bad relapse. when chronic lyme never really goes away, so the concept of "reinfection" is a bit ... odd.
just like syphilis, lyme can be asymptomatic for years, then it can reactivate when your immune system is lower for some reason. then you will think you "were reinfected".
I guess you'll never know for sure.
My lyme doctor can easily tel the difference though, either by the new infections he finds (that were never there before), or by the way the pathogens are active (they are very active when they just move from the tick to the patient) or not (in a relapse, the way infection appears is usually slower, less aggressive).
If you know about
the way homeopathic nosodes work, a new fresh bite will ask for lower dilutions, while old infections rarely ask for very low dilutions.
Dilutions in homeopathy start in decimal, like decimal 3, D4, D5, D6, D8, D10, D12, D15, D30, D60, D100, D200, then you shift to the centesimal dilutions C12, C30, C60, C100, C200, C500, C1000...
And you can go through antigen treatments dealing with cellular memory of old Borrelia infections the same way above.
Just by finding the right nosode dilutions (and the need or not of Borrelia Antigen treatments), the dr can have a more precise idea of the situation in the body: the way new pathogens try to colonize the body is not the same way old pathogens re-colonize it.
Plus, the cellular memory of antigens will change (if you already treated that before, now you don't test for any antigen because it's just fresh again, but in a few months, you start testing for it, well, chances of re-infection are high).
By the patient's side, a relapse feels different than what happens immediately after a fresh tick bite that is infected.
Have you ever been re-bitten during chronic lyme?
I had, many times, and you will very probably know when the tick re-infected you.
It feels like a blast.
the weaker the immune system, the bigger the blast.
It literally knocks you down.
Relapses are not like that. They grow more linear. At least, for me.
Plus, people do get different Borrelia strains. GArinii is extremely common in the area I live, but I got both burgdorferi and garinii. I'm sure my case is not isolate and there are dozens of Borrelia strains still around.
Plus coinfections. These are part of lyme disease, so don't be so skeptic saying you get all your coinfections in one single bite. No, you can get new ones in new bites.
Bartonella, so many strains. Mycoplasma, so many strains... And so on.
You can bet you won't dismiss the tick bite if you catch stuff like Powassan virus in a new bite.
Or TBE, like it happened to my daughter.
They leave a mark in the history of a person's life that is hard to forget. If you survive.
As I have been bitten so many times during chronic lyme, and after lyme was gone (I got 10 attached bites just this year, so far), well, chances of getting reinfection are not zero.
but you are partially right in the sense that, once your immune system kicks in well, infected tick or not, you don't react to bites.
But if the immune system is still recovering, but not strong enough, any new reinfection will still knock you.
Even if the tick was contaminated, you could call that a 'relapse' because your immune system should have taken care of the new infections.
In that sense, yep, the tick has little importance: infected or not, if you fall ill, it means you relapsed!!
Post Edited (Jinna) : 9/27/2017 4:32:39 PM (GMT-6)