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Hi, I'm new but searched many pages back to look for an an answer to this question. I had the impression that many here are only incompletely treated for Lyme so that recurrence of arthritis symptoms can be explained by incompletely treated disease.

I think I have been completely treated - three types of antibiotics layered on over 9 months and the Igenex test are now negative. I will be retested in three months.

During treatment my arthritis became worse - just like the herxheimer effect discussed here.

Now however, even though I feel much better, I have one hip that is so sensitive to any activity that if I do anything much during the day by evening I can be almost crippled with pain in that joint. It clears up after a nights rest.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Will the joint inflammation (assuming that is what it is) resolve with time if I stay Lyme-free?

The doctor suggested Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM and I have started that. If it helps will it be a lifetime thing?

Posted on 09/28/08, 01:18 pm
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Reply #1 - 09/29/08  3:29pm
" I recommend a joint supplement, preferably one with HA (hyaluric ((spelling)) acid) as well as glucomsamine and chondroitin. Not to make light of it, but I noticed a huge difference in one of my old, arthritis ridden horses within a week of adding HA to his supplements.

As for will it ever go away, there are 2 schools of thought. The first is, yes, if the inflammation is caused by Lyme, it should resolve itself. The second, and the one I belong to, is that the damage is done and cannot be undone, just alleviated. I notice that throughout my ups and downs, the one constant is joint pain. I think if it has been around long enough, the damage becomes permanent; the lucky ones treated early might have complete resolution of arthritis. "
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Reply #2 - 10/01/08  5:40am
" I discovered I have arthritis in my left leg while going thru lyme treatment. My doctor recommended exercise at the gym. I found after about a month of exercie the pain went away. The doctor said I would have to do this for the rest of my life to prevent it from getting worse or coming back. I have been pain free for about 8 months now. Reently I had events that kept me out of the gym for a month and I started to feel the pain in my leg again. Guess what? The doctor was right so I am back at the gym and the pain is almost gone again. I would suggest talking to your doctor about what type of exercise may help relieve your pain. It worked for me and hopefully can work for you. Take care. "
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Reply #3 - 10/02/08  2:38pm
" Thanks, guys. I will look up the HA and ask about and experiment with exercise. Take care, "
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Reply #4 - 10/11/08  12:27pm
" Here is an update:
I went to an Orthopedic surgeon for his examination and opinion. He says it is arthritis alright - no surprise. He prescribed Mobic and said I'd be a candidate for hipreplacement whenever I was ready - which I guess is whenever my life is intolerable which it almost is right now. So, I, due to go back in three weeks to see how the Mobic is working out - Celebrex is next on his list. Meanwhile I have been researching hip replacement and hip resurfacing and am not anxious to do either one.

I was encouraged to see one web site supported by a hip implant manufacturer which actually supported the idea that Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements can possibly re-grow cartilage. So I also have been looking around for information about Hyaluronic Acid. It sounds very promising. So I have ordered some today and will add it in after it arrives and after any improvement provided by Mobic has stabilized. Unless I can get improvement first, it won't be possible to try to add exercise.

Here is an informative HA website:

And here is the supplement I settled on to try:
http://www.permahealth.com/hylajoin... "
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Reply #5 - 10/11/08  1:50pm
" Fingers crossed (in a sore, arthritic fashion) that you have found the answer! i agree, hip replacement doesn't sound like fun at all. "

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