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. 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.
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?”