Hi minerals. I am sorry the Cowden protocol did not work for you at this time. It may be effective for you later.
Co-infections can definitely make symptoms worse and complicate treatment. You may want to check with the IV drug and IM Bicillin manufacturers to see if they have a patient assistance program for people who are uninsured or whose insurance will not cover the meds. I know many oral med manufacturers do. It is so frustrating when insurance won't pay for the meds you need. You may want to research who the CEO of your insurance company is and write a letter to her/him. State your case calmly and tell them your doctor has deemed this treatment medically necessary. End the letter with "Can you help?" I would be surprised if you did not get an answer.
I take Resveratrol also. After seeing your post, I realize that I have missed taking it for some time!
Regarding your thyroid treatment, are you sure it is optimal? If it is not, this can cause weight gain and other symptoms. It took a long time for me to find a doctor to work with me on this. Have you had your adrenal and other hormone levels tested recently? Lyme can affect all of these levels.
Hang in there okay? You are doing everything you can, and you have an excellent doctor. I hope things improve for you soon. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Hi minerals. Yes, I had weight gain. Last fall, I finally found a doctor who worked with my thyroid disorder. With the first dose increase he prescribed, I swear my stomach went down about two inches in a few weeks! I had no muscle tone despite exercising, and now I do.
Make sure you have the Free T3 and Free T4 levels tested. Too many doctors rely solely on the TSH result--in my experience, especially endocrinologists.
The way I found this doctor was to call a compounding pharmacy in my area. I aksed the pharmacist if he could recommned a good thryoid doctor who does not treat solely by the TSH result. The doctor I see is a general pracitioner.
I also recommend having saliva testing done for adrenal and hormone levels. Lyme can affect all of these, and they can cause a lot of symptoms. I had my testing done through ZRT Lab http://www.salivatest.com/
Hi minerals. How long ago did you have the saliva testing done?
There is a lot of room in the Free T ranges. Many people feel best when these levels are in the upper 1/3 of the range. I felt terrible when they were in the low normal range.
I can understand about the weight gain. It is bad enough to be so sick--you don't need that on top of it!