Of course it's curable. Can it be difficult. Yes, but it's absolutely curable. People get discouraged because the official story from the CDC is that "more antibiotcs dont help" But theres no proof of this.
Then there others within the Lyme movement say the same thing. They jump to the conclusion that it must be a fungal infection, or permanent immune damage, or some thing else, but their conclusion is basically the same as the CDC's "more treatment wont help." People get discouraged and start believing the lies from both angles when they have treatment difficulties and assume maybe the naysayers are right. They get frustrated and think maybe treatment can't help for whatever reason. Don't believe it.
The waters get muddied on both sides, and the testing is unreliable so it gets quite murky and there is a lot of trouble even defining Lyme or who has it.
But the reality is that we know for a fact Lyme is succeptible to certain antimicrobial agents. Sometimes treatment can take a very long time as it does with other bacterial diseases like brucella, and TB, and syphilis. These can require a year or more of antibiotics. For some reason mainstream medicine is unwilling to wrap it's head around the idea that Lyme may also require a lengthy treatment.
I have spoken with too many people personally who have treated successfully after longstanding infections, and too many LLMDs that have treated people successfully, and read too many scientific journals about antibiotic kill kinetics for Lyme to believe even for a second that it's incurable.
Treatment can be extremely complex and quite difficult. It's like peeling back the layers of an onion. You have to address potential tick borne coinfections like babesia which isnt bacterial so it doesnt respond to antibiotics. But if you slowly move forward and progress through your treatment in a logical step by step manner and eliminate the variables as you go with a good experienced LLMD, I have no doubt you can be cured.
Another problem is how cure is defined. Some people say you can only reach a remission, and it can always come back, but there is no proof of this. Microbiologically speaking, we dont know if it remains in your system for ever. We cannot prove whether it does or not. Some people say you are not cured even if there is a small trace of the bacteria left. But I don't agree.
Think about chicken pox or Epstein Barr. 94% of the population tests positive for EBV, but they arent effected by it. The same is likely true for Lyme. We all have chicken pox, but the symptoms only show once. Does that mean we all have "incurable" chicken pox or "incurable" EBV? I dont think anyone would describe those that way. The key is giving your immune system the extra punch it needs to kill enough of the bacteria to where you are no longer experiencing symptoms. That is a cure as far as I'm concerned, and as far as medical science is concerned when it comes to most diseases.
You can read tons of posts from people on healingwell and elsewhere that describe themselves as 95% better, but hesitate to use the word "cure" because the disease is so mysterious. Thats another problem. People are so terrified of remission because it's talked about so much, and theres no way to prove the disease is gone, so I think people develop unrealistic expectations of what a "cure" is. And since mainstream medicine has left us in the dark, and people experience how devastating the disease can be, they are understandably paranoid about it coming back or not being treated fully. There's no official endpoint to therapy. It's based on how you feel.
So I believe most of these people ( and there a lot of them) that say things like "i'm 90% better" or "95% percent better" are most likely cured, but since Lyme is the great imitator and symptoms overlap with so many other diseases, both serious and minor, people dont know for sure. Any minor cough, or tiredness or achiness can be confused for ongoing Lyme symptoms, when it may not actually be.
I think daily symptom journaling can be quite helpful because so many of the symptoms are so subtle, and our memory can be effected by the disease, so people have a hard time tracking their actual progress. " I feel crappy" is far from scientific, and I think for people who have had the disease since they were in their late 30's or late 40's and are now 40 or 50, think they will feel like superman after the disease is treated and don't take into account the natural aging process that would have happened with or without the disease. I think a lot of people get 'health greedy' for a lack of a better term.
It's important to keep expectations in perspective. If you were a previously active person, but Lyme has had you in bed or on the couch for 2,3 or 4 years, its obviously going to take some time for you to regain the energy and vitality you had before the disease, as anyone who goes from living active to being sedentary for a few years will feel like crap, Lyme or no Lyme.
Personally I think if your major noticeable symptoms subside, and you treat for an additional month or two beyond that then you are cured. Thats the official medical standard for other chronic bacterial infections that require lengthy treatment which I mentioned above.
I think it's a matter of perception and language and semantics. People who get Lyme are abandoned by the medical establishment and they lose faith in things they always expected to work for them. They understandably feel unlucky and some become negative and some are then prone to complaining about even minor things. I dont think they realize how negatively this influences others who may be new to the disease and interpret their minor complaints as "it's hopeless this person has treated for x years and still has serious chronic Lyme, so why should I even try." We try to live vicariously and gain our experience through others and when this experience seems so overwhelmingly negative this negative perception builds on itself and spreads. Bad news always travels faster. I dont think the true picture of treatment progress really gets across.
But as far as I'm concerned, personally I know beyond any doubt it's curable. I know of others who have done it and others achieve it all the time, so it's just a matter of finding the best most efficient means of getting there for you and having the dilligence and patience to see it through.
Lyme is absolutely curable. Theres no compelling evidence to the contrary, and if you really look at it rationally, objectively, scientifically and even anecdotally, the phrase "Lyme is incurable" is completely illogical and unprovable.