That's an understandable question! I had been very athletic, was in gymnastics, cross country, track (had just competed in the state track meet in the 4X400 5 weeks before I got the 'flu'). I had been healthy and happy, a very well adjusted 17 year old. I went on vacation to an island in South Carolina with a friend. The day we got back, I got really sick. Had a really really bad sore throat, headache, thought I had the flu. It knocked me out for about 2 weeks and even then my voice was still hoarse. I figured I was fine then, after all, the flu always gets better, right?
I felt better, but not 'right', I had weakness. I ran cross country, but didn't do as well. My mom (also a coach) couldn't figure it out. I kept getting worse and worse. I started sleeping more and more, my throat got sore again. My doctor said that I must have mono. Then the panic attacks started, out of the blue, I'd never had one in my life! I was sleeping 14-16 hours/ day. I missed 18 days of school in 4 months and the days I went I felt like I was dying. My thoughts turned dark, depressed. I'd never been depressed before. I tried so hard to act normal and happy, I hated what was happening to me. My teachers were great. They all thought I had mono, and were supportive. I'd been an A student. I got a D in Physics because my brain stopped working. My parents took me from doctor to doctor. Finally when I was 19 and had been sick for a year and a half, one told me that I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I started doing everything naturally that I could. Became a vegetarian, started juicing, did the raw diet for awhile. Did hot baths, enemas, colostrum, olive leaf extract, colloidal silver, grapefruit seed extract. It helped with the energy some and the panic although when run down I would get a panic attack. The depression lingered for awhile. Then I figured that since I could stand for 30 mins at a time, it was time to move on. I went to college, but only went for 2 semesters. Relapsed, then went back. Relapsed later.
I had stopped going to doctors, after all, one said I had CFS and there is no cure, diet is the only thing that helps. Well, as luck would have it, my husband and I went to get physicals at an MD who later became an alternative doc (he still writes scripts, but rarely). He did electrodermal testing. I tested positive for Lyme and Babs (you mean that is what the night sweats have been caused by all these years??!!!). I was interested, but figured it wasn't a real blood test, so it probably wasn't accurate. Hubby did not test positive for it, nor did the two other people that we know who went to this Doc. Actually he seemed quite surprised that it showed up since I am able to walk!
I had a really stressful thing happen to me the next week and threw the Lyme diagnosis under the rug since it wasn't a blood test. I got the flu again and mastitis (was breastfeeding my one year old at the time) and then cellulitis (I'm 29 years old!). Panic attacks came back, started sleeping alot, muscle twitches, brain fog.
saw an LLMD in CA, did IGENEX, positive IGM, Neg IGG, IFA was IND. He said my positive bands were very specific for Lyme.
My family has always referred to my life as BEFORE I went to South Carolina and AFTER. My mom said she felt like someone just came and took away her daughter that summer. I don't remember the rage (except for one incident), but my mom said I would get so angry, and I was always a docile child, very easy to get a long with. I also started wetting the bed at night (I had figured that my body was so tired, it wouldn't wake up to pee), had a few episodes of sleep paralysis that was VERY frightening.
Only this year did I start getting the swelling/pain of my knee. I have other symptoms too like eye floaters, heart palps, dizzyness, severe difficulty swallowing that started back in 1996, and got better with the raw diet, supplements, but came back with the relapse in 2003. I have gotten strange rashes from time to time. I'm so thankful that I don't have the suicidal depression anymore, that was just awful to be so young and having been so excited about going to college with my best friend to feeling like I wanted to die, for no reason!
Anyhow, that's my story. I guess after meeting my husband, it made me realize that MOST normal people don't go through the suffering I have in my life. He's heard me refer to 'when I got sick' so many times, he's so thankful that we now know what 'it' is.
We now have to have our children tested, as they may have it too!