Changing my diet and going off abx gave me my life back.

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constantina
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   Posted 1/25/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Lyme, EBV and Chlamydia Pn. in September after being very sick for 6 months. I had painful joints, IBS, adrenal issues, terrible hypoglycemia, fatigue and depression. My doctor put me on 400mgs a day of Doxy and a bunch of supplements. I felt better for a few months (mostly due to the anti inflammatory properties in Doxy) I ended up with bad yeast problems (despite probiotics) and so after being on Doxy for 3 months I was taken off and all my symptoms came back. My doctor then decided I needed a stronger antibiotic regimen so he put me on Ceftin and Azithromycin. As they didn't have any of the anti-inflam. properties of Doxy I not only didn't feel better but got incredibly sick and depressed. I couldn't excercise, I had terrible IBS and constipation. I found myself in a comatose state half the time. I didn't want to be around people. I had constant headaches and was in the worst state I have ever been in. I was so toxic at that point I thought I was gonna explode (I had NOT taken detoxing seriously when i was on abx!)
I decided to take matters into my own hands (with my LLMD's blessing). I went on a major detox program. First thing I did was go off all antibiotics. Then I went and had 5 colonics over a 2 week period. I also did saunas and skin brushing as well as epsom salt bathes. I go my energy back. I started exercising and MOST IMPORTANTLY changed my diet. No more alcohol, no more sugar or gluten or red meat, dairy or caffeine. Also no processed food. Nothing that comes in a box and has ingredients that aren't from the earth. I eat whole grains, vegetables, organic poultry, legumes, fruit and nuts. I eat as organic as possible. I have never loved food this much. I got my life back. yeah it takes a bit of getting used to and you have to have loads of will power but it works.
I got better and better and better. My vitamin regimen includes chlorella and Bio k (good probiotic) large amounts of C and some D (I was low) as well as liver support and magnesium which has been an ENORMOUS help in keeping me regular which keeps my toxic load way down. I exercise every other day (still lightly as I work to build up my tolerance).
I told my doc that I wanted to try to get better via herbal antibiotics so I am using teasal root right now (30 drops 2x a day) and I am tolerating it very well. I am also taking Diflucan and it has been so helpful as well.
I don't know if it is a combo of all of the above or what but I can tell you that the detoxing, diet, and going off the antibiotics gave me back my life. I am managing my symptoms this way. Long term I am not sure what will happen. I have days where my joints hurt and where I get a stabbing nerve pain in my back and after a sauna I feel tired but it passes and I have my life back.

constantina
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   Posted 1/25/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I think that eventually will have to go back on ABX, but now that I am taking pressure off of my liver and kidneys (as well as my whole body) by keeping toxins at bay I will be able to handle the abx much better.
Bottom line is if you have Lyme you need to keep you body as clean as possible to give yourself a fighting chance at getting better.

bablymers
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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Constantina, and Congratulations! We are very happy for you! Keep up the good work!! It's always great to hear good news. Best wishes for a speedy, complete recovery!
bablymers mom

Life'sRhythm
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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Constantina,

Appreciate you sharing your story. Hearing hope is always a great thing.

Hearing what you have been doing, supports what I have been doing, although it seems like the diet commitment is almost the hardest! Everyone keeps reiterating the restrictive diet, but it is great to hear it has results. I will keep it up too.

Take care,
stay strong.

L J

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Diagnosed - 12/30/08, Lyme + Barbesia + Ehrlichia
Had since approx 06?

nefferdun
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't cut loose of the dairy and gluten. Otherwise I am right with you diet wise. I read in Cure Unknown that one person the author knew of was cured from a macrobiotic diet alone. I love beans and rice and used to be a vegetarian when I was young so the macro diet is not impossibe for me. I am glad to hear that you are feeling so much better and hope that you continue to improve. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

rvnut
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   Posted 1/26/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome and congratulations!

One thing you said relly stood out for me. You did your homework and then told him what you planned on doing. You didn't ask if you could do it or what he thought about it.

I've been told that when things aren't going right to do the research, make a decision, and tell the doc what you're going to do. Ask him to monitor your progress.

So glad you are doing well!

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe diet and exercise can play a big role in healing. When I joined Weight Watchers, I began to feel better and better. Nothing beats a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Organic is all the better of course, but not always affordable.

I recently back slid on my diet and consequently back slid on my symptoms.

Now, I'm back on the diet and hope things turn around symptom wise.

Sulma
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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
constantina said...
I was diagnosed with Lyme, EBV and Chlamydia Pn. in September after being very sick for 6 months. I had painful joints, IBS, adrenal issues, terrible hypoglycemia, fatigue and depression. My doctor put me on 400mgs a day of Doxy and a bunch of supplements. I felt better for a few months (mostly due to the anti inflammatory properties in Doxy) I ended up with bad yeast problems (despite probiotics) and so after being on Doxy for 3 months I was taken off and all my symptoms came back. My doctor then decided I needed a stronger antibiotic regimen so he put me on Ceftin and Azithromycin. As they didn't have any of the anti-inflam. properties of Doxy I not only didn't feel better but got incredibly sick and depressed. I couldn't excercise, I had terrible IBS and constipation. I found myself in a comatose state half the time. I didn't want to be around people. I had constant headaches and was in the worst state I have ever been in. I was so toxic at that point I thought I was gonna explode (I had NOT taken detoxing seriously when i was on abx!)
I decided to take matters into my own hands (with my LLMD's blessing). I went on a major detox program. First thing I did was go off all antibiotics. Then I went and had 5 colonics over a 2 week period. I also did saunas and skin brushing as well as epsom salt bathes. I go my energy back. I started exercising and MOST IMPORTANTLY changed my diet. No more alcohol, no more sugar or gluten or red meat, dairy or caffeine. Also no processed food. Nothing that comes in a box and has ingredients that aren't from the earth. I eat whole grains, vegetables, organic poultry, legumes, fruit and nuts. I eat as organic as possible. I have never loved food this much. I got my life back. yeah it takes a bit of getting used to and you have to have loads of will power but it works.
I got better and better and better. My vitamin regimen includes chlorella and Bio k (good probiotic) large amounts of C and some D (I was low) as well as liver support and magnesium which has been an ENORMOUS help in keeping me regular which keeps my toxic load way down. I exercise every other day (still lightly as I work to build up my tolerance).
I told my doc that I wanted to try to get better via herbal antibiotics so I am using teasal root right now (30 drops 2x a day) and I am tolerating it very well. I am also taking Diflucan and it has been so helpful as well.
I don't know if it is a combo of all of the above or what but I can tell you that the detoxing, diet, and going off the antibiotics gave me back my life. I am managing my symptoms this way. Long term I am not sure what will happen. I have days where my joints hurt and where I get a stabbing nerve pain in my back and after a sauna I feel tired but it passes and I have my life back.


Chlorella has been amazingly therapeutic for me as well. While I was doing 4 grams 3x daily my arthritis completely remitted and I'd say my brain fog decreased perhaps 50%. I took Yaeyama Chlorella by Source Naturals. What brand did you use?

constantina
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   Posted 1/26/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Sun Chlorella.

abanana07
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   Posted 1/28/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Constantina-

I was wondering if you relied on any books or online information when changing your diet. Did you use any guidelines or websites? I'm interested in learning more about this and was hoping there might be some kind of book or something that tells you what you can and can't eat. (it would be helpful to know what kinds of things you CAN eat since it seems like a lot of things are out). Thanks! and Thanks for the informative post!

"No more alcohol, no more sugar or gluten or red meat, dairy or caffeine. Also no processed food. Nothing that comes in a box and has ingredients that aren't from the earth. I eat whole grains, vegetables, organic poultry, legumes, fruit and nuts. I eat as organic as possible. I have never loved food this much. I got my life back. yeah it takes a bit of getting used to and you have to have loads of will power but it works."

constantina
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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I didn't really follow a book. I read The Detox Diet book by Dr. Haas but that was after I had started and it just reinforced what I already knew. I just decided to cut out processed foods and red meat, dairy, sugar, gluten and caffeine because I have issues with yeast and I wanted to detox my liver and kidneys and give my stomach a break and I realized as soon as I did that I felt better.

In my original post I had said that this takes a lot of will power but it doesn't. It actually requires very little. When you cut out foods to lose weight you feel deprived. When you cut out foods to save your life it is pretty easy.

I eat loads of salads and roasted vegetables, some fish, whole grains (quinoa is my fave), beans, lentils, organic chicken, some fruit, and nuts.

My doctor had given me detox ideas(sauna, epsom salt baths, colonics, etc) and told me exercising was imperative.

I ALWAYS feel like hell the week before my period since I have gotten sick and this is the week and, while I don't feel perfect, I am managing this in a way that has me functional and with limited pain.
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