“Coinfections may be common – at least among those with chronic Lyme disease. A recently published LDo survey over 3,000 patients with chronic Lyme disease found that over 50% had coinfections, with 30% reporting two or more coinfections.”-LymeDisease.org
Think of it this way. Imagine your body as a teeter-totter; on one side you have Lyme Disease Bacteria, on the other side, a co-infection that could be fungal, viral, or parasitic. When you take antibiotics, it is treating the bacterial load on one side of that teeter-totter and it starts to go down, all good signs!… Unfortunately not, when one side of the teeter-totter goes down, the other will slowly raise, which is why many patients will experience the roller coaster of feeling worse on antibiotics than when they first started.
Not only are these infections present, but they can be very difficult to treat due to their ability to evade the immune system, cause antibiotic resistance, and co-complications that in many cases worse than Lyme itself. Understanding the process of Lyme Disease from time of the bite to currently dealing with Chronic Lyme is key in understanding what proper treatment will be for your case. The typical treatment for Lyme Disease is antibiotics, but now you can see how many other factors that are involved that are not bacterial. These co-infections that are transmitted by the tick can be Viral, Fungal, Parasitic, or other bacterial infections that may not respond to the antibiotic you are taking for Lyme. A patient with co-infections will generally experience more severity of symptoms and a longer recovery time, especially if co-infections are not caught right away.
Make sure to have your Physician test you for possible co-infections that could have been transmitted by the tick or dormant infections that were activated once your immune system was compromised from Lyme, this could make it or break it for you in your battle to be a Lyme Warrior.