Hi Jeminij. I am sorry you are having symptoms. From what I understand, some women with Lyme feel worse after delivery.
Lyme disease definitely affects thyroid, adrenal, and hormone levels. I think it is a good idea for anyone with Lyme, male and female, to have these levels tested. When they are not optimal, they can cause many symptoms similar to Lyme disease. If you want more information about specific testing, let me know and i can post it.
Did you have testing done at IgeneX? Did you have any Lyme-specific bands present? If you were not tested there, you may want to consider having a Western Blot done there to see what it shows. There are many different treatment protocols available, both natural and antibiotic.
There are many things you can do to detox inlcuding exercise, detox baths, saunas, and/or steamroom, and certain supplements you can take such as Milk Thistle and NutraMedix Parsley.
I hope you can get started on a protocol soon.
Regarding thyroid testing, it is important to have the Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel. They are not usually done but are necessary for a comprehensive view. If antibodies are present, it can indicate Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which is an auto-immune thyroid disorder. It is fairly common. If you have Hashimoto's, your other results may be in the normal range but treatment is warranted.
Regarding adrenal and hormone testing, from what I understand saliva testing is more reliable than blood testing. One lab that does this is ZRT Lab http://www.zrtlab.com/default.aspx?s=1 This lab can test cortisol, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, estradiol, and DHEA levels. I had this testing done and many of my levels were deficient. Treating this and my thyroid problem has been very helpful.
If you have this testing done and everything is okay, you may also want to consider getting another opinion regarding Lyme. I hope you can get answers soon.
I would love to know what you decide to do. I was just thinking today that maybe I should start a natural protocol. My daughter is 3 months old, happy and healthy. I just stopped breastfeeding and have a few little nuero symptoms. I breastfed on instruction from my LLMD, who also discussed it with DR J who thought I should breastfeed. People like to jump on me for that.
My daughter's Lyme tests were negative, what a relief. Now I can spend the rest of her life worrying about every little thing she does and Lyme. I have also stopped my antibiotics my stomach needs a break, I also need time to workout.
Keep in touch, I know how you feel.
Hi Beth. I am so glad your daughter is healthy and happy and that she tested negative!
Many Lyme doctors use alternative protocols either with or without antibiotics. You may want to research the Cowden Protocol. Dr. Kenneth Singleton has a new book called "The Lyme Disease Solution." I have not finished reading it yet, but it is very comprehensive. You also may want to read "Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis And Its Co-infections" by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
Thank you Ticker and Deejavu for the advice. I took the plunge last night and bought the 2 products Deejavu recommended Borrelogen and CNS/PNS formula and dowloaded a bunch of info. I have been thinking about it for along time, and got nothing to loose, but more money. And just maybe if it will make me feel better.
I will let you all know how I feel.
I'm giving the Borrelogen and the NeuroAntitox II a shot. Can anyone please tell me if there's any reason I cannot take these two in the same sitting? I started yesterday and am thus far spacing them apart just in case. Some herbs do not work well together and tend to inhibit one another's absorption and I have no idea if this is the case with these. The Jnutra site doesn't say one way or the other.
Any talk to Jernigan and know for sure?