Leah, I was in the same situation you are in not long ago. My LLMD gave up on me because I couldn't do abx anymore. I was nearly dying back in December and planning my funeral. You may know that already if you've read my thread here http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=1690780&p=1
You need to treat both the anxiety and the Lyme, not just one or the other. If you need Xanax to help you get through the anxiety, by all means use it. However, you MUST treat your lyme disease, because if you don't, it isn't going to leave your body on it's own. If fact, it's going to multiply and do it's best to bring you down. Sorry to be so blunt, but I know from personal experience, I've been there. I stopped taking abx and decided to just go on with my life and "ignore" this disease for several months last year. You can't ignore it, it will destroy your life if you aren't treating it in some fashion.
I understand you didn't have much luck with a "natural" type doctor. I went to three natural type doctors myself before finding Dr. Jernigan and didn't have any luck either. You have to go to someone who KNOWS how to treat Lyme disease naturally with homeopathic remedies along with herbal/botanical remedies, supplements and specialized treatments and therapies. Did you go to a lyme literate natural doctor? If not, then there was no possible way he/she could have treated you successfully. Lyme disease can't just be treated with few supplements and chiropractic adjustments, etc. You need to be treated by someone who has years of knowledge and experience in treating this disease.
Dr. Jernigan of the Hansa Center is world renowned for treating Lyme disease. He wrote the book, "Beating Lyme Disease" (second edition) http://www.hansacenter.com/beating_lyme_disease.php . He had lyme disease at one time, his daughter had West Nile Virus and was partially paralyzed from it for a time. Dr. Jernigan knows this disease inside and out. He invented a test that is far more advanced than almost any test you can get from blood tests. Read about
it here: http://www.hansacenter.com/brs.php . From his website he says,
From Dr. Jernigan's website: "BRS enables the doctor to determine highly specific information – not only the presence of a pathology, but its degree of priority for healing in the patient's body."
Dr. Jernigan has remedies that he makes to fit your needs. He's invented over 30 different natural medicines to treat lyme and other chronic diseases. He knows, not only how to treat lyme disease, but he knows the importance of detoxifying the body while treating the disease. He says in his book that, "Lyme toxins the primary cause of your symptoms".
Most LLMD's don't even know that!
I went to one of the top LLMD's in the country and he never gave me anything to detoxify my body from all the poisons (abx) I was taking. My second LLMD also never told me about
detoxifying my body. No wonder I was so sick back in December. In all the five years I was on abx treatment I never detoxified. That's horrible for Lyme patients, and like Dr. Jernigan says, that's the primary cause of our symptoms--toxins in our bodies.
I encourage you to not give up on natural medicine. If you're willing to go that route, like I did, then do it with someone who has the knowledge, experience and expertise that Dr. Jernigan has. Either that, or find another LLMD who treats with abx and knows how to detox. I suspect that isn't going to help you since your last LLMD said that he was out of options for you.
From what you've shared, it seems you are like me--very sensitive to abx. Some people are, my wife did fine with abx but I did horrible with them. I strongly encourage you to contact the Hansa Center and get on a natural protocol from a doctor who will not just treat your disease, but help your body to start working it a way that it can fight the disease on it's own rather than depending on abx to do it for you. Dr. Jernigan will give you specific frequency matched remedies that will help your body to build it's immune system up, while at the same time, detoxify your body of the poisons that are making you so sick.
I know it seems as if I'm "promoting" the Hansa Center, or Dr. Jernigan, how can I not? After being near death in December, to finally being able to feel good in January, have energy, and being able to work almost every day-- that's something I couldn't do before. I feel I have an obligation to tell others about
this protocol, because it works! Like I said, I had pretty much lost all hope to live. I was planning my funeral back in December, today I wake up looking forward to living again instead of praying the night before that I not wake up to another day of misery.
Leah, I believe you can get better but you need to make a decision about
what you're going to do. Doing nothing isn't going to get you there. I don't see where you've mentioned what your plan is to get better, all I see is that you are suffering and frustrated and discouraged where you are now. I know how that feels, it's a miserable place to be. But if I had stayed there and done nothing, rather than make a decision to do something, I'd be six feet under right now, leaving behind a grieving widow, two grown sons and their beautiful wives, and three precious grandkids with another one on the way.
Denise, known as Deejavu, on this forum, got well using the Jernigan protocol, others have gotten well using this protocol, I'm getting well on it, there's no reason why you can't get better on it too. Regardless what protocol you go on, don't just do nothing. Don't give up, keep moving forward and keep fighting this dastardly disease! I will help you all I can and I know others here will too.
Post Edited (GWB) : 3/22/2010 2:26:53 PM (GMT-6)