Today, I am talking about the structure of the Lyme bacteria and how it can become antibiotic-resistant.
While antibiotics are usually very effective in treating Lyme disease when it is caught early, 40% to 63% of Lyme patients continue to report symptoms after the typical 30-days of antibiotic treatment. There could be multiple reasons for this, one of them is the shape of the Lyme Disease bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi.
This bacteria is in the shape of a Spirochete, which is like a spirally/twisty thing. It is rare for a bacteria to be shaped like this, only a handful of spirochete bacteria causes diseases.
This shape allows the bacteria to hide easily by burrowing itself in its surroundings, hiding from antibodies and antibiotics.
It is also known that bacteria can change shape to resist antibiotics, maybe this is also happening with the lyme bacteria.
Also, when lyme disease is undiagnosed and has been ravaging the body for years, the immune system kind of gives up on it. It just considers it part of the scenery.
While there needs to be more research done about why antibiotics are not successfully treating lyme disease symptoms, it could very well be that it is because it is becoming antibiotic-resistant.
This is where Chronic Lyme Disease comes into play, which I will talk about more in a future video.
When I first got diagnosed with lyme, I was put on oral antibiotics for 30 days. NOTHING happened. I was not any better or worse. So, I was put on them for another 6 months.
I grew worse and worse. Antibiotics can destroy gut flora, it felt like my digestive system was messed up for years afterward.
I wish I never went on the antibiotics, but there are some chronic lyme patients who have had success with it.
LYME PATIENTS: How have antibiotics affected you?