Do you have a long history of health issues with symptoms that change daily or monthly, but never go away? Think Lyme disease until proven otherwise.
A recent question I received:
“I am a 38 year old mother of 4, and my life hasn’t been normal since 2007. I used to run 3-4 times a week and felt very fit. All of a sudden, I developed inability to multi-task, painful joints, vertigo, severe headaches and what I would describe as chronic fatigue. I’ve gone to numerous doctors for a whole string of symptoms including night sweats, double vision, brain fog, and unexplained rashes. Last week, my sister told me to look up “Lyme Disease,” and I did. It explained my life! I called a doctor friend, but he said Lyme isn’t common in this area, so I have no idea what to do now. Can you give me some direction?” ~J.T.
My answer: I have long had an interest in Lyme Disease because of friends battling it, and I have been exploring this in my own life and that of my family, but I am not an expert or a doctor. That said, these are some things I have learned that I can share for you to explore:
There are many Lyme-literate medical doctors (LLMDs) in the U.S., and here are several people who educate: Dr. Lee Cowden, Dr. Joseph Burrascano, Dr. Joseph Jemsek, and Stephen Harrod Buhner. Each has a very different perspective. The controversy surrounding Lyme is ongoing.
Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed or dismissed. A common theme is chronic pain. It can mimic multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s, ALS, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and epilepsy – so it’s a puzzle. That’s awful, because if you’re diagnosed incorrectly, opportunity is missed and precious anti-microbials needed to kill Lyme bugs are never taken, leading to potentially catastrophic problems. Not to be dramatic or anything- just ask a Lyme sufferer!
According to my research, no two patients have the same symptoms, which come and go. Common complaints are poor memory, exhaustion, brain fog, loss of balance, insomnia, yeast infections, twitches, numbness in extremities, loss of muscle strength, anxiety, back/neck pain, neuropathy and tingling in extremities, headaches, dizziness, muscle/joint pain, cramps, bladder or testicular pain, urethritis, buzzing, depression and mood swings, sound sensitivity, eye or ear pain, and irregular heartbeat. And there’s so much more.
Are Mosquitoes Vectors For Lyme Disease?
You hear about a tick bite followed by a bull’s-eye rash. That rash only occurs in 40 percent of people, and most won’t ever see a tick since they can be as small as the point of a very small pin. Although you won’t find much to back this up online, I fully believe Lyme is also transmitted by mosquitoes and other biting insects. The Virginia Department of Health would also agree. Anytime blood is exchanged – no matter how microscopic – you can transmit the co-infection. Same with kissing or having sex with someone who has Lyme. Babies contact it from mother while in utero. Often it remains dormant for months to many years.
“For the life of a creature is in the blood…” ~Leviticus 17:11
If you have a long history of health issues, with symptoms that change daily or monthly, but never go away, I’d seriously consider Lyme testing by a lab that specializes in it, for example Igenex, Fry, or Advance Labs. Inaccurate results by regular labs may produce a false negative, so you think you don’t have Lyme when you do. Years of confusion and grief may follow. The extra expense seems worth it.
Lyme infection is not just caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, but it is a co-infection of many organisms such as Babesia, Rickettsia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Cytomegalo virus and Epstein-Barr virus behind the many and varied symptoms. The recommended labs above are better at detecting these bugs. Finally, the “CD57” blood test offers a clue, and tracks your progress, and I recommend LabCorp for that particular test.
Under Our Skin – Horror to Hope
I’d recommend watching Under Our Skin 1 (2009) and follow it up with the trailer of Under Our Skin 2 (2014). Most likely, if you have Lyme’s these videos will clear up much of the mystery and help you make sense of it.
What We Are Doing
Our family has chosen to take Monolaurin, Bio-Fibrin, and Banderol as part of a long term treatment and maintenance. We also have a naturopath who uses a variety of homeopathic remedies with good success. We have seen a diminishing of symptoms and a return to vigor.
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