All About Babesia and My Experience With This Co-infection of Lyme Disease
Recently during a follow-up appointment with my Lyme doctor, I learned that I have Babesia in addition to my Lyme disease and Bartonella. Apparently this nasty co-infection is responsible for many of my health problems.
I have taken various antibiotic protocols since March with little to no success for treating my Lyme disease. It seems that I have multiple chemical sensitivities and cannot tolerate most medications.
Antibiotic treatments have repeatedly made me violently ill. It is for this reason that my doctor has recommended that I try a different approach for a while. He feels that I need a slower more gentle approach to Lyme treatments.
Fast forward to today, I am two weeks into treatment for Babesia and it is kicking my rear end. I literally feel like a dump truck load of concrete has been emptied over my head. Thanks to herxheimer reactions also known as a healing crisis and a UTI that is refusing to let go of me, I am sick, sick, sick.
But, for the first time in months I am hopeful. My new protocol is responsible for the infusion of hope that has flooded my heart.
Des Bio Borrelia/Babesia Series
The Desert Biologicals Borrelia/Babesia series is a homeopathic approach to treating Lyme and the co-infection Babesia. I am told it is more gentle than antibiotics. After being on this series for over two weeks, I can vouch for that! At least I have not ended up in the emergency room due to bad reactions.
This protocol consists of colloidal silver, liposomal vitamin C, a comprehensive detoxification kit and of course the vials of liquid that treat Borrelia and Babesia. For this particular protocol I take the silver twice a day, the vitamin C once a day and 90 drops of the detox kit per day, every third day I take a vial of the Borrelia/Babesia.
Herxing Will Happen
I was warned ahead of time that I would most definitely experience herxing while taking this series. It has been a trial to be sure, but I can say that the herxing while it is severe is not as unbearable and scary as the herxes that I experienced while on antibiotic therapy over the ten months.
I began this therapy with a week of detoxification. The side effect that I noticed the most while detoxing that first week was severe vertigo. I felt absolutely drunk every time I took the drops. It is 25% ethanol so that could explain a bit of the drunk feeling. Although to be honest vertigo is one of my more severe symptoms due to Lyme so I believe it is part of a herx reaction. There were several times over the past two weeks that I felt very close to just passing out, although it never happened.
Symptoms Brought On By Des Bio Treatment
I am also experiencing a myriad of other symptoms all of which I have experienced before on some level. The pressure headaches, mind-boggling fatigue, severe joint and bone pain, terrible IBS-C and IBS-D, nausea, chest pain, muscle spasms, pin prick sensations, numbness in my hands and feet, dizziness, drenching sweats, air hunger and brain fog have all come out to play.
The recurring thought is just to hang on and hope for a light at the end of the tunnel soon!
Unlike antibiotic therapy though, there is a reprieve here and there between herxes. I don’t feel so much like I am standing on death’s door step this time around. In my mind, that is an improvement.
I have had an hour here and there when I felt a bit of relief and the thought occurred to me maybe this is working! I sure hope so! I will post updates as I am supposed to take this protocol for at least two months.
When I first bought this kit, to the tune of $300 out-of-pocket, I wanted to know what other’s had experienced during the treatment. So, I did some research and most of the responses were positive!
That is encouraging,since most people have noticed marginal improvement after completing this series of treatments. Hope is an amazing thing, you can’t put a price on it!
So what exactly is Babesia?
Babesia is a co-infection that often goes hand in hand with Lyme disease. It is caused by a malaria-like parasite that infects red blood cells.
How do you get it?
Babesia can be transmitted by infected ticks. This infection can also be transferred from a mother to an unborn child or contracted through a contaminated blood transfusion.
Since I have received zero blood transfusions, I have either inherited it from my mother or been bitten by a contaminated tick.
What are the symptoms of Babesiosis?
Babesia symptoms can vary from person to person. The severity of this infection depends upon the strength of the person’s immune system that is affected. There is a very lengthy list of symptoms that often accompany both Lyme disease and Babesia.
However, there are some symptoms that are a hallmark of this particular infection. I have experienced all of them. I will list the most common symptoms below and how they affect me personally.
If I were to name one symptom that I hate the most, this would be it! I hate air hunger. About ninety percent of the time I feel as if I have a rhinoceros sitting on my chest.
I literally feel like I am being smothered from the inside out!
For the past fifteen years or more, I have felt that I am unable to take a deep cleansing breath. No matter how hard I try, it never happens. I find myself yawning frequently, trying to get over the feeling that I do not have enough oxygen.
It is similar to the feeling that one probably gets during a panic attack, but the drugs that help with anxiety or even asthma inhalers will not help air hunger.
It is a terrifying feeling and one that I would not wish on anyone. I often wake up at night feeling as if I am being choked or held underwater. From my understanding, this is due to the parasites feeding on the iron in my blood.
Night and Day Sweats and Temperature Intolerance
Have you ever woke up from a sound sleep and your pajamas are totally drenched in sweat? Yes, it sounds like a hot flash, but with Babesia, you can go from being simply cold, to having chills and then be drenched in sweat in a matter of minutes.
Your body just cannot adjust to the temperature whatever it might be!
I cannot tell you how many days I have walked around my house with three or four layers of clothing on and literally feeling like I am freezing to death.
Sometimes within a span of half an hour I am both shivering and then sweating profusely. I often go to bed with four layers of blankets because I am freezing! Then, at 2 a.m. I re-awaken and I’m sweating like crazy.
There is no comfort zone for a body that is suffering from Babesia.
One memory stands out when I think about feeling unreasonably cold. I remember one summer when we were visiting Disney World for a summer vacation, I literally walked around in my shorts and a jacket because I was cold!
Coincidence? I think not. Think about it Florida in the middle of summer, there is one word for that HOT! Yet, if I had dressed like I wanted to, it would have been in sweatpants and a coat.
While this symptom might sound vague, Babesia headaches are often felt in the front of the head. Although, this is not always the case. Personally I experience a bit of both, headaches behind my eyes and headaches at the base of my skull which I am told points to Bartonella, another co-infection.
Pressure, unyielding pressure is the hallmark symptom of a Babesia headache, at least this has been my own experience. I feel like my head has been literally placed in a vice grip.
No headache medicine relieves this type of headache. I feel like my head will implode when a Babesia headache flares.
Babesia wreaks havoc on your brain. There are varied symptoms that can fall under the heading of dysautonomia.
I have experienced severe insomnia, tinnitus, vertigo, balance problems, headaches, mood instability, severe anxiety related to unexplained fear and generally feeling like I am one of those bobble head dolls with the googly eyes. I have trouble focusing to read a book and even to write.
Light and sound hit me like a razor blade. I cannot tolerate crowds. Being in a crowded place is massive sensory overload, I just cannot handle it anymore. Brain fog is my constant companion.
It literally makes you feel like you are crazy. These are just a few manifestations of dysautonomia, I could go on and on for hours.
My doctor is one hundred percent convinced that Babesia and Lyme are in my heart. Basically saying that these are the root cause of many of my heart irregularities and problems.
I have been told that I have left bundle branch block, thickening of my heart, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, heart murmurs, tachycardia, enlarged heart, mild pulmonary hypertension, and irregular heart rhythms also known as PVCs.
I have tried various medications over the years to no avail, nothing works.
I doubt I need to explain this one, but I will anyway.
This one melts down two ways, either defined as unrefreshing sleep or no sleep. Think “many moons without sleep,” yes this is me EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
I can go to bed completely exhausted, yet I will lay awake and stare at the ceiling the entire night. If you were to wager on this, I could offer a money back guarantee as this happens so regularly.
It is guaranteed if there is a bed available, I will not sleep. Unless of course, it is 8 a.m. and time for me to get up, then yes I will sleep like a baby.
Lyme and co-infections mess up your circadian rhythm. It is against the law to have Lyme and Co.’s and get sleep of any sort.
At least eighty percent of the time, I walk around with a low-grade fever. There is no explanation for this with the exception of Lyme and co-infections.
At best I feel like I have a constant chill at worst I feel like I have an ongoing flu. It is no fun.
Every time I turn around, I have a bruise pop up somewhere on my body.
I can barely bump up against something and it looks like I have been beaten with a baseball bat. Most of the time I look like I have been in a wrestling match with a heavy-weight champion.
Yet another symptom of Babesia.
Basically this goes hand in hand with vertigo for me.
You feel drunk even though you have not touched a drop of alcohol. I suppose this falls back to head pressure and vertigo.
For me, I feel completely unsteady on my feet. I often picture one of those pirates holding onto his bottle of rum, swaggering around yelling, “Arrrr, Matey.”
Yes sir, that is me, minus the rum of course. Most days I feel like a drunken sailor or at best a tipsy bar maid.
Muscle and Joint Pain
With both Lyme and Babesia there is excessive inflammation in the body.
The bottom line is you have pain and lots of it. This is not your normal average aches and pains. This is the kind of pain that grabs you by the throat and says, “Listen here, I am in charge!”
This pain radiates so deeply that you feel like you have bone rot. If there is such a thing, I think Lyme and Babesia mimic it perfectly.
I experience a lot of numbness, tingling and burning pain in my hands and feet. I am told this is a classic symptom of Babesia and Lyme.
Foot drop has become a regular occurrence over the years. It comes and goes at its leisure.
It is like a ghost that lingers and if I get overheated or overly tired, it will pay me a visit.
Remember that pirate I mentioned earlier, yes, I feel like I have two wooden legs.
I have not faced a single day in over nineteen years without fatigue. This fatigue is all-encompassing. It takes over my life. It controls everything.
It has seriously hindered how much I can do each day. This is a hallmark symptom of Lyme disease and Babesia.
This is not simply just being tired. It is a bone deep exhaustion that drags you down. It is like having a never-ending flu.
Think of the worse case of the flu you have ever experienced and multiply that fatigue times twenty. There, you might come close to what it feels like to have Lyme fatigue.
Babesia just adds to that, Lyme fatigue is often compared to that of congestive heart failure.
It is the kind of exhaustion that makes it difficult to even move your big toe. It is an unavoidable brick wall that you hit each and every day when you have Babesia or Lyme.
IBS. Yes, I feel like I have swallowed a bag of rocks and am now trying to digest them. Food has become an enemy of mine.
It does not matter what I eat. I can eat a stellar diet and still have digestive issues.
Nothing I eat agrees with my system. It is a constant merry-go-round of IBS-C, IBS-D, GERD and nutcracker esophagus. It is never regulated. EVER.
I have literally given up any hope of ever having a normal digestive tract again.
And there you have it folks! Babesia, at least the way I have experienced it.
So now that I know what Babesia is, how is it treated?
Babesia is generally treated with anti-parasite drugs. For myself, I am trying the homeopathic approach first.
Des Bio is where I am pinning my hopes. Only time will tell if this protocol can eradicate my Babesia symptoms. But, for the first time in a long time, I am filled with hope.
Thank you so much for reading and until next time, be well!
I hope your New Year is wonderful and filled with hope and light.
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