Surge of antibodies due to herx?

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   Posted 5/21/2018 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys. I'm at a loss right now! I have been treating holistically for 1.5 years, and my Lyme symptoms are dramatically less than they used to be. 1.5 years ago, I had 7 positive bands on the Western Blot (CDC Positive). I wanted to re-test to see if I came back negative this time (at least with less reactive bands). I had not taken anything for Lyme in a few months because I was feeling fine without it, but then right before my second test, I started back on my treatment. I consequently began herxing, and was herxing at the time of the second test. Now, my second test just came back positive (I don't have the breakdown of the bands yet). I'm wondering if our antibodies can increase as a result of treatment. In other words, if i had gotten re-tested BEFORE starting back up with treatment (while I was feeling really good), would it still have come back positive I wonder? Do you guys find your antibodies increase while herxing? I feel like this Western Blot may not be accurately reflecting how infected I am. Thanks! confused
Mild autoimmune issues from birth (1995); cascade of symptoms following broken leg at 16 (2012); mystery illness throughout college (2013-16); positive Borrelia Western Blot (December 2016); Cowden Protocol and supporting supplements (January 2017 - August 2017); high heavy metals test results (August 2017); Dr. Daniel Pompa metals protocol (August 2017-Present)

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   Posted 5/21/2018 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Well if you herxed you still have active infection.

The antibodies don’t reflect how bad your infection is.. just that your immune system is strong enough to mount a response.

Testing with a WB isn’t useful to gauge progress.
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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
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