I'm a former Lymie (third stage) who suffered for over 14 years w/ mild Lyme and for 4 years with severe Lyme after being infected for a second time.
Just thought I'd drop by and say I've been off abx for 7 months and symptom free for much longer. I'm feeling great; I'm back working full time and getting my life back. I used to spend all my time between the bed and the computer and you all were my only grip on sanity. Thank You.
I always wondered if anyone ever got better and swore that when and IF I beat the disease I'd be back. Well, here I am! Hang in there, I've been where you are... I could not walk for 18 months and thought/was told I may die. You will get better. Keep listening to your LLMD's and know that there IS HOPE.
Our LLMD's are our lifeline. I owe my life to my Doctor. He told me he'd make me better if I just did what he said. Despite all the criticism we both took from mainstream medicine, he was right. I see Abx like a cancer patient sees chemo, a necessary evil. It makes us sick but will eventually save us. Keep taking your meds no matter how bad it gets... my only advice.
FYI, I had 6 months of Zith. Six months of Zith and Metronidazole and 2 years of Suprax and Metronidazole. Two, three month rounds of Cholestyramine toward the end of the abx. really made me feel better. The yeast was a pain (similar symptoms of Lyme) and I'm still on weekly Diflucan, acidophilus and a no carb/sweet diet but am working/exercising/living and getting better every day. Candida is nothing compared to Lyme. My only lasting affect is a right knee with crepitus, a body that I'm working to get back in shape(I've lost the 17 Lyme pounds) and making new relationships because most family & friends left me. The new ones are better.
A warm, gentle hug to all the hurting Lymies out there.
God Bless You,
First infected w/Bb in Florida, 1983. Second infection w/Bb in Mississippi, 1997.