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Old 09-19-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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How do you know when you are "cured"?

Will you always test positive for Lyme? I mean even after the treatments of the antibiotics - or do they keep treating you until the tests come back negative????

 
Old 09-19-2007, 05:34 PM   #2
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Re: How do you know when you are "cured"?

Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, so you shouldn't still have to take more Western Blots. A person is considered cured once they are symptom-free, although the Lyme bacteria never leaves your system.

 
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:29 AM   #3
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Re: How do you know when you are "cured"?

No good test to prove you are free of Lyme exists to the best of my knowledge. Heck, the test to prove you have it isn't all that hot, accuracy-wise. Then you get ignorant docs saying it has too many "false positives", so there you go.

It looked to me that the new C6 Peptide test that Vetrinarians use to detect Lymes in animals in-house was the ticket, but it seems to have sort of petered out since it wasn't any more accurate %-wise than the standard W.B. test (though it supposedly detected the actual spirochete rather than the immune response to said spirochete). Even my doc who is pretty cutting-edge otherwise didn't know much about it, and wasn't terribly interested in learning more either.

Best bet is to keep track of any oddities/symptoms and periodically see your LLMD I guess.

 
Old 09-20-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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Re: How do you know when you are "cured"?

If the lyme bacteria never leaves your body, but you are cured...what keeps it from multiplying? I'm confused.

 
Old 09-21-2007, 12:15 PM   #5
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Re: How do you know when you are "cured"?

I am sure there are some people who have been "cured" but some people have to deal with it the rest of their life. there are few studies on this, so I don't know the percentages.

My opinion - once you are symptom free, you need to keep your immune system strong, take supplements, eat healthy, and if your lucky it will stay in check. if you go back to unhealthy life style, eating junk, etc, it could take hold again.

any kind of trauma or illness can also make it come back in full force, such as accident, surgery, injury, pregnancy. these things are unfortunately not under our control, but we can remember to watch for signs of recurrent infection and any symptoms, including new or worse symptoms, and begin treatment right away. many people never even knew they had it until such an event.

 
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Re: How do you know when you are "cured"?

I feel when you have it chronically you can get "better" not a for sure cure ....but I am going to take even the "better" especially from the way I was....

Good wishes going out to everyone!


 
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Re: How do you know when you are "cured"?

From what I've read and doctors have told me once your body has produced the antibodies to fight Lyme, they will always show up. It's similar to mono and the EBV virus antibodies, once there present they will always be there. But after the bacteria or virus infection is under control, the antibodies aren't so abundant. In my case I had mono/ebv when I was a kid. My current Lyme condition has reactivated the mono/ebv virus.

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