My Lyme Disease Diagnosis Beginning Treatments
Hello my dear sweet blogging friends. I have continued to be away month after month. I have missed you all! I have been extremely sick. After almost 18 years of suffering from illness, that at times has completely blindsided me, I have a name for it.
In the past it has been called Fibromyalgia, thyroid disease, arthritis, pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure, enlarged heart and even MS. I had a blood test in January to test me for Lyme. It came back glaringly positive. My doctor thinks it is the culprit behind my fibromyalgia, heart problems and more. You can read more about my long and winding journey with “Fibromyalgia, now Lyme Disease” here on my link page to the articles I have written about my Fibromyalgia experience…My Fibromyalgia Journey
I have begun a Lyme treatment protocol for Chronic Lyme Disease. It has been mind boggling thus far. But, I feel that I am on the right road. I just finished Protocol A and now am beginning protocol D.
There are so many ways to treat Lyme. Every person experiences Lyme in different ways and on different levels. Mine is quite severe. After seeing numerous doctors over the past 18 years, from several rheumatologists, neurologists, cardiologists, internal medicine docs, urologists, orthopedics, Integrative health docs etc. I am glad to know what is at the bottom of most all of my medical issues.
I have done extensive research on Chronic Lyme Disease the past several months and I have learned a lot. I have learned that Lyme has no cure, but it can go into remission, which is what I am aiming for. I am hopeful. I have learned that Lyme has many faces, that it can masquerade as many other illnesses…like MS, Thyroid Disorders, ALS, Lupus and others. It is the great imitator.
I have learned that Lyme is scary. That one day I can have a decent day and the next I will be flat on my back. I have learned to WATCH OUT for full moons (It is a full moon tonight & I am having a difficult time today), they have the power it seems to cause much pain and suffering. (At least in my experience) It has no rhyme or reason. It is hard to treat and even harder to diagnose. I have learned that a tick that bit you many moons ago, can wreak havoc on your immune system almost 20 years later.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
I wanted to share bits of my story whenever I feel up to it, so that others who may be searching for answers may derive some encouragement from it. So over the next several months, I thought I would chronicle what I am going through as much as I can. Share my symptoms, my successes as well as my failures, whatever they may be. I am fortunate to have a very good doctor and access to some version of care. Some are not as fortunate.