I'm a college student and was finally diagnosed with Lyme this may after getting sick last october (believed to be a flare-up of lyme caused by a burn injury i sustained). Since my mom is into the "natural" medicine route, herbs, supplements, the works, and since she believed that I had chronic lyme at that point, we skipped the antibiotics and went straight to natural protocols. I've been to numerous natural drs. without success, many even saying things that were completely contradictory. It's been a year now, and with the time I've had to take off school I'm on the verge of having to quit/losing my scholarship. I don't have time to go through all my symptoms and my situation right now, but basically I am desperate to return to school in January. I believe that i have lyme with a babesia coinfection but honestly the "lyme naturopaths' I've seen haven't really even been able to tell me what coinfections I have, etc.
My question is: has anyone had success treating lyme with antibiotics even when it's chronic? I know there's so much discussion about this but would people recommend going with an antibiotic + naturopath route? Naturopath has done very, very little for me over the past year. My mom doesn't believe that antibiotics would do much good, if any, and is strongly against me going on them. It's her money for treatment so she kind of does have the say.
What are peoples' successes with this? Have antibiotics actually helped/cured people with chronic lyme? Am I worse off without them even if they're not super helpful?
Hi amelie_casey - welcome to our community.
Here on this forum, you will find mixed answers - some prefer the herbal and other non-antibiotic route...others' prefer antibiotics....and some do a combination.
Some have tried herbs with no reaction/success and switched to abx...others' the other way around...etc.
Was it a lyme literate ND you saw...that is important. You do need a Dr. whether it's an MD or an ND - to be lyme literate.
We have successes on this forum - with both herbals/alternatives....and antibiotics.
I am currently treating with abx. I have had close to 40 symptoms (30-something) and am down to about
6 - 8 now...with 3 that are still bad.
I treated with a LLND (who prescribed abx) for over 2 years...and had plateaued with no change for several months...then self treated for about
a year....and now am with a LLMD since this past February.
So, from start to now is 4 years....yes...4 long years.
The LLMD I am seeing now has given me the most hope I've had in a while.
I think I'm finally on the cusp of getting rid of the last few symptoms...but too early to say for sure...
I wish I had gone to him from the start...as I think I'd be at this point within 2 instead of 4 years....
Do some reading here and ask any questions you have before making a decision.
And, yes people with chronic lyme do get better with antibiotic treatment. We have members here who have...and I know some personally.
You've had lyme for about
a year now?
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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