Girlie, there was an article in the news a couple of years ago explaining that as we get older our immune system starts to overreact to some threats which causes the risk for severe illness in the elderly. They didn’t use these terms but I’m assuming it’s a cytokine cascade in essence that is causing the problems.
It would be really interesting if there could be studies done on the immune profile of different lyme patients at different stages of their disease and recovery. Certainly some of us fit the picture logmoss describes while many others don’t. There are so many different ways the immune system can be affected I think, so many parts that act together which may be weakened. I wonder if it’s only the simpler cases (I’m only dealing with a couple of co-infections and mould that doesn’t seem to have progressed to CIRS).
On my way down I spent two years catching everything and it all lingered. I’ve wondered if it might be similar during a slow recovery but no one has ever described this so I guess, hopefully, when the factors of illness are removed the immune system can recover fairly quickly.
All fanciful and hopeful thinking.