The longer I battle with the effects of Chronic Lyme Disease, the more I want to get the word out there that Lyme is so much more than a tick bite. When the average person heres of someone with “Chronic Lyme,” they tend not to differentiate what the word “chronic” before the term “Lyme” actually means. Due to skewed, unreliable testing, and doctors being unable to find a quick, “one shot” solution, patients almost always get dumped to the way side. In the end, “Chronic Lyme” is not taken seriously, thus making those with it left to figure things out on their own.
Getting the general “Lyme Disease” can be through ticks, mosquitos, spiders, fleas, or mites which are carried via deer, mice, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks, possums, and many other animals. Sometimes it seems as if they can never make their way into your home or garden, but it is something that does happen, bringing pests with them that can infect your home and endanger the health of you and your family. If this happens, you can get in touch with a pest control experts florida service. However there are many people around the world who aren’t able to remove the problem from their homes before they were bitten. Once bitten, spirochetes enter into the bloodstream, multiplying rapidly every day. If you complain to your family medical doctor about having the “common” symptoms of the acute onset of Lyme, such as a bulls eye rash, fatigue, achey joints, or headaches, they will (if you are lucky) stick you on 30 days of doxycycline, an antibiotic they claim will kill all active Lyme in your system. However, with 300,000 new infections every year, it is clear that this standard dose of antibiotics is nowhere near enough. Results from a John Hopkins University study showed that 20% of individuals treated with this textbook protocol had new, widespread body pain, 36% reported new-onset fatigue, while almost half had neurocognitive problems.
Though they have many technical scientific names and co-infections, the general term for these spirochete bacteria is “Lyme.” A great metaphor for these evil minions would be to picture them as termites. From the outside, an infested house (or in this case, a body) can seem perfectly fine. Yet the reality of the situation is that inside the covered and painted walls, bugs are slowly working away to destroy the structure. No one is aware of the issue at hand, until suddenly, the house collapses due to weeks, months, or even years of being slowly broken down and weakened. With this picture in mind, it is easier for people to understand how the “typical” tick bite, bullseye rash Lyme (which is shrugged off by both smart and ignorant doctors alike) enters into the dreaded, and even deadly, “chronic” stage.
I could go on all day of the different ways my (and other Lyme patients) bodies are trying to fight back. However, it is important to realize that the human body is much more intelligent than Western medicine gives credit to, and with the right help, I believe it can heal itself. Lyme disease can be highly debilitating and over time many changes in your body can develop, potentially causing more issues. You may want to contact a DNA testing Miami center like health-street, or one that is closer to your location to see the changes happening in your body and what measures can be taken to help yourself.
Chronic Lyme is known as the “master of disguise” or “great imitator” when it comes to disease. Because there are so many different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the patterns that may occur in an individual are different in everyone. Problems that occur along side of the initial infection include Babesia, a blood borne parasite carried along with Lyme spirochetes, and Bartonella, a gram negative pathogenic bacteria. Though 30 days of doxy might sound like enough, most Lyme bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics and know how to trick and invade the immune system. Because the body eventually begins to attack itself, Lyme in its chronic state can cause autoimmune damage. Therefore, in order to overcome the various infections created by the initial onset of the Lyme bacteria, the bodies immune system must become strong, simultaneously fending off any further issues that may arise.
With multiple complications overriding the bodies normal functions, healing from Chronic Lyme Disease can seem impossible. How to break the cycle and make spirochetes unable to reproduce, hide out, or come back when the “smoke has cleared,” is one of the most frustrating things to figure out. Ultimately, the body does have the power to get better, it just needs some direction and help. I know what it is like to be doing all of the right things and still go nowhere. Running is circles is what my body does best, due to the damage caused by untreated Lyme bacteria. In order to reverse this effect, I must get back the integrity of each and every cell in my body. Being secure on a cellular level will allow me to fight against all of the foreign particles circulating throughout my body. Infections are able to be destroyed, and ultimately stay gone, due to the body functioning normally. When cells are working, organs are able to re-learn their lost functions, and thus create a strong and resilient body once more.
John 5:6 “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
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Thanks for blogging about this! I’ve had Lyme for a very long time, probably since childhood. I’ve been to doctor after doctor, even had testing at the Mayo clinic, and no one could figure out what was wrong. I’ve suspected Lyme for several years, but only recently had it confirmed with testing at two different places. I’m currently doing treatments for Lyme and a myriad of co-infections, along with my very young children who contracted it in utero. The treatments are helping, and I finally have hope after years of being convinced that I would be in a wheelchair by age 35 or 40, if I survived that long. I think the disease is more prevalent than most people think, and there are a lot of misconceptions floating around. So I’m glad you are writing about it from a first-hand perspective!
We sure do serve a good Lord as I know He is using you to help us in sharing your journey.
Although I too was bit at 8 yrs (no bulls eye), i went 14 years misdiagnosed with symptoms around the map similar to you (5 years ago, menstral cycle was lost, constant nausea, chronic constipation to name a few). This last April (2016), I received my western blot results, confirming the diagnosis. I was then referred to LLMD, Dr. James Novak of San Diego who prescribed me doxycycline 400 mg, hydroxyquinalone, and Nystatin for the first three months. It made my digestion slowly so much worse with parasites galore. I then started seeing a GI specialist from Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, who told me all I need to do is take 4-6 servings of miralax a day and that will cure everything. (FUNNY huh?) I have a feeling we have all been told by some doctor some time or another to do something simple and that it will work. By mid May, I and started doing rifing 3 times a week to treat for parasites while adding Neem and sweet wormwood along the side. I then added ivermectin to kill the roundworms and rotated a new anti-fungal. I am on month 4 with no improvement but worse joint pain, so my doctor is having me start IV rifampin in one week. Have you had any experience with rifampin? I am somewhat scared to start it….
Tracey Limone says
Hi Natalie. My daughter is into year 7 of chronic Lyme but happy to report she is getting better. We were on IV rocephin ( ceftin in pill form ) for 7 months . Saw good results as it broke the brain barrier . rifampin is great for bartonella /Lyme but can cause liver function issues and can be tough on stomach. Make sure you test your liver functions once a month via bloodwork and take a probiotic every day . After 7 years I have found that length of antibiotics is the way to go. We tried pulsing with different antibiotics but seeing more results from staying on them for a year. We are 6 months into a year treatment of doxy and Zithromax . She only has bartonella and borrelia now. We got rid of the others ! Good luck.
You are an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing. I was so excited when I ran across your blog looking for Keto recipes for my husband that I might enjoy also. I have Lyme as well, not sure how long, but have had symptoms for almost a year now. I am self treating. There are no LLMD’s anywhere close. I’ve been on Buhner’s protocol for 2 months, with some success. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m excited to share your blog with my Lyme forum that has helped me so much through this.
Veronique Bise says
Could you pls let me know how you managed your MALS diagnosis in connection with Lyme dx? My child suffers from both and I need help. Could her MALS (not severe stenosis/compression/high velocity, but very severe abdominal pain and nausea) be caused by her Lyme and how to go about this? Thank you.
Kim Peppers says
My daughter has had so many weird symptoms. I suspected Lyme several years ago. She has had surgery for MALS, but still has pain after eating or drinking anything. I would very much like to know what protocol you are using. Thank you.