Interesting to hear steroids brought you relief.
This is where I get confused, steroids suppress the immune system, you would think that if Lyme is already suppressing our immune system that suppressing it more would be a bad thing. That if we were to keep suppressing our immune system that infections could just thrive with free range. Yet there seem to be people with Lyme who get relief from steroids or suppressing the immune system naturally, but could this just be short lived relief? It seems that the docs in the video think autoimmunity is the big problem with Lyme patients and they rarely even need to treat the infection after they get the autoimmune problem under control, just don't see how this can be true if the underlying problem that caused the autoimmunity in the first place was molecular mimicry from infections.
Before I was diagnosed with LD, I had high cortisol, and one of the tests was a dexamethasone suppression test. This was to test for Cushings disease. People who do have Cushings their cortisol usually stays high with this test.
I took low dose dexamethasone (steroid) - I believe it was 1 mg. in the evening. Next morning I tested my cortisol levels.
That day, I felt the best I had in a long time...my joint pain was gone. Dexamethasone (and other steroids) do have anti-inflammatory/pain relieving effects.
That is why I felt better.
But, in higher doses...and long periods of time, they do suppress the immune system..and will allow the infection to spread.
I don't know what the effect long-term effect would be when someone has autoimmunity from lyme...
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi