Welcome to the community!
If you haven't yet, please read through the "new to Lyme" thread, as on page 2 (I believe), there are a lot of possible ways of getting help for paying for meds listed.
While I did start out on abx (antibiotics), it didn't take me long to switch over to only herbals - so I can say yes, they definitely work!! Although I'm back in treatment after being reinfected, I healed in 2 years using only herbals after being infected and untreated for 40 years.
Testing is a touchy subject as far as I'm concerned. The testing available to us is not very good, they miss a LOT of those that actually have these infections because they test for antibodies while the body has an infection that lowers the immune response so that antibodies are not produced in high enough quantities for the test to pick up. I had to have 12 months of treatment before I tested CDC positive for Lyme and RMSF. For many, it's much better to go from your symptoms, which is actually what the CDC says to do anyway:
" Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods."/www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html
If we do have these infections, and we are treated with effective herbal protocols, we will have a significant decrease in symptoms, or a herx (where symptoms increase due to treatments, then settle back down) to indicate that we are on the right track.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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