I have been treating with my doctor, Cara Hartz, at Evergreen Center for Integrative Medicine since June 2014. They are wonderful and have given me many resources and options for treatment; such as IV antibiotic therapy, oral antibiotics, herbs, and homeopathy. They also give you many tools, supplements, and therapies to help build your immune system while killing the disease. Some include the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), IV supplemental treatment, infrared sauna, and other information on how to detox.
The thing about Lyme disease is that it’s never just Lyme disease. There are so many co-infections and other issues that come up while treating along the way. It’s a difficult, costly, timely and delicate path.
Not it only do I have Lyme, but a co infection called Babesia, Candida, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, parasites, and a chance of heavy metals (see What is Lyme for more information on these). And those are just the things we have found! It’s a constant battle of stomach upset, nausea, fatigue, twitching, neurological symptoms, eating the right foods, and doing everything possible to manage those symptoms….even though they are consistently evolving.
Here is a list of my symptoms I have developed thus far….
- Chronic nausea
- Chronic fatigue
- Gut inflammation
- Gut pain/churning
- Blood in stool
- Twitching of the whole body (ticking)
- Muscle pain/mainly in back
- Anxiety/fear for no reason or cause
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Sensitivity to light
- Knees buckling when walking
- Light headedness upon standing
- Brain fog
- Blurred vision/hard time driving
- Fatigued eyes
- Pressure in ears
- Hair loss
- Sleep inconsistencies
- Complete loss of appetite
- The feeling of being “off”
- Difficult forming sentences/slurred speech
- Numbness in extremities
- Hot flashes & Chills
- Hurxing!! (see What is Lyme page for more info)
My symptoms come and go, can change daily, and rather quickly. I have good days and bad days, and often cannot predict when they will be. As someone with Lyme knows, you adapt and learn to cherish the “normal” days even more.
Lyme diseases has destroyed many things in my life, but in a way it’s kind of a blessing. It opens up your eyes to the small things in life; what you couldn’t see before because your vision was clouded. I hate this disease and everything that comes with it, but I’m so thankful because I now understand what my body needs, and what I want. I see people for the better, have patience like none other, and are so grateful for everything I have. And I know what I have “lost” will be there for me when I’m ready. 💕