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Lyme survives 28-days of antibiotics

When symptoms persist or return after a course of antibiotics, the usual advice to patients is to seek other treatment because the problem is no longer Lyme disease.

According to some Lyme disease experts, the Lyme bug has long been regarded as a stealth pathogen capable of hiding from the body’s immune system and from antibiotics. 

Tulane University medical researchers recently conducted an extensive study to evaluate the effects of antibiotics on the spirochetes that cause Lyme disease, and the results confirm this perspective.

“The data show that living B. burgdorferi spirochetes were found in ticks that fed upon the primates and in multiple organs after treatment with 28 days of oral doxycycline. The results also indicated that the immune response to the bacteria varied widely in both treated and untreated subjects.”

The study is significant because patients with Lyme are likely to be advised that one 28-day course of doxycycline should be sufficient to cure them of the disease. However, in some people, long-term symptoms persist. 

A one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, as anyone dealing with it discovers, doesn’t always work with Lyme disease. 


Marguerite's Lyme story

"It's been a rollercoaster," says Marguerite, who began looking for a Lyme literate doctor when she first contracted the disease many years ago. She had just experienced the death of her second husband. She had two adorable puppies, and was active in church, taking yoga, working and staying physically fit when she discovered she had Lyme disease. Living in the heartland of Lyme in Fairfield, Connecticut, she was bitten more than once.

She got herself to an infectious disease doctor the minute she detected a tick bite, and was given short courses of doxycycline, which she now suspects were not long enough. She even received the controversial Lyme vaccine, which was only available for a brief period of time due to its ineffectiveness.

This is a frustrating and familiar story: Marguerite's Lyme symptoms began as flu-like feelings and migraine headaches. Her severe low back pain and neurological challenges made it very difficult to work, even though her company allowed her to work from home. She developed apnea, insomnia, painful swelling in the joints and more. She's gone to three infectious disease doctors who she says won't even listen to her positive test results for Lyme. Today, she uses patches for pain control, and is actively looking for a Lyme aware doctor to treat her.

We wish you well, Marguerite!

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