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I'm a newbie and have been symptomatic for 3 months...These include tremors, change in taste, sound sensitivity, discomfort around the gall bladder area, muscle twitches, fatigue, and sleep disturbance (usually wake up every few hrs shaking).

As I read this board, it's very disheartening as it seems people are on treatment forever...I just started a few weeks ago. I know it's a individual thing, but I would greatly appreciate it if you can give me some typical times for recovery based on the severity and duration of your symptoms. I've never been a patient person, and this disease will definitely test my patience. Also, I'd love to hear about people that make a full recovery in a short period of time...just looking for some inspiration but trying to keep it real too.


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You have no other choice but to keep it real!

The other choice is death!

Sorry to be so blunt!

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It really does all depend, and no one can give you a precise answer to your question.
Everyone on here is different and so many factors weigh into this answer such as:
1.) how long they have had lyme
2.) Whether or not coinfections are present
3.) How well their body detoxes
4.) Hereditary, genes, makeup, blood type
5.) Stressors in life, home, work ( if still possible), etc.

I mean, you may take Mary Jane who has the same EXACT symptoms as Jane, were bit by the same tick, in the same place of the body and are sisters.... but Mary Jane might get over it ten times faster and four months earlier because her body detoxes faster, etc.

I was sick for 9 months before treatment which I started in 2003, and Im still ongoing ( and living now , and able to do most things, which is important) and have been able to do most things for a year, including driving again, etc.

But.. I still have lyme and it still lets me know its there when I make my body favorable to it ( poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, etc)

I hope this helps at least some. You have to be patient with this disease. If you let it hear you think negativity, it WILL hold it against you.

You want your life back? Take it.

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I am pretty new to this myself. The hardest part of lyme for me, beside the horrible pains, was coming to terms with the fact that I had a serious disease.

As I read more about lyme, I got more depressed..not me? I don't have time for this painful disease and recovery.

Then I got angry...WHY ME---how come nobody else is this sick!

Then I read success stories (see newbie links) and talk to people who had recovered to their old selves....

We have a choice to view our lyme as a curse or a blessing...I guess the blessing is that we finally got a diagnisis and know what it is. Also, it is a disease of morbidity not mortality.

For some, symptoms can start to disappear in a month for others it takes several months or a year.

From what I have read, the more seriously your lyme is treated in the beginning (hit it hard and hit it long)...the less likely you will be to have a chronic situation.

Best to you

We are spiritual beings on a human journey...

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