I had late stage lyme disease back in 2000. It took several treatments of abx and two years but I eventually got over it (or so I thought). By the way, the only abx that seemed to work was a combination of Zithromax and Flagyl. I had been symptom free for about 5 years and then all of sudden all the symptoms came roaring back. The sequence of events that lead up to it probably tell the story. A couple months ago I had undergone three treatments of prednisone to clear up a horrible rash from poison ivy. I am (was) an ultra distance runner and was training for a 100 mile race. After the first treatment of prednisone I started to notice some minor arthritic symtoms. The poison ivy rash was so bad I got a second treatment of prednisone and everything was fine. I felt great. I was still running 70 miles per week for my training. Then just before my the race I was training for I was treated again with prednisone to clear up some achy joints in my knee. I completed the prednisone treatment about a week before my 100 mile race (yeah this was dumb). Then I ran my race in Arizona - a 100 mile race! It took me over 28 hours but I did it. About a week after the race my left arm began to swell and it looked blotchy and red. I went to the doc-in-the box and got treated with Amoxicillin. He said it looked like cellulitis. That cleared up but then those familiar lyme arthritis symptoms came roaring back. All of my joints (neck, wrists, shoulders, and knees)became extremely sore. Was this lyme disease again? Was this a resurected bug that was lurking about in cells waiting for my immune system to be compromised? Or was this a new infection that I got while training in the woods all those miles? My guess is that it is a resurected bug but I'm not sure. I'm currently being treated with Amoxicillin and lots of Celebrex. I need at least 200 mg of Celebrex every 12 hours to even function. So anyone who has read this far: What do you think? Have you ever heard to lyme lurking about for 5 years? I don't think Amoxicillin is going to do the trick but I'm just getting started.
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