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   Posted 10/23/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told I have phenomia and chylimadia bacteria as well as chronic Lyme's (suggested) I don't know why he say my blood "suggested" Lyme's but that is what he told me.
I have a follow consult on Monday.  What questions should I ask him. He's a DO in michigan, preferrably he's a naturopath but uses western medicine if needed. Now he said "I was resistant to antibiotics" can this be true? So he said I have to go the herbal route. i.e. Cat's Claw and Allicin (garlic).
Please advise the questions I should ask him, since I know nothing about this. The past for years I've had 14 doctors tell me it's ulcerated colitis and no one check me for Lyme's.
Thank you
Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. Started and stopped LDN ON 1/25/09 to mid May no improvements. Supplements: Probiotics, multi, iron, caprlic acid,  trying a new peptid replacement therapy, started Lialda on 8/31/09. Getting IV of vitamins and minerals for 12 weeks. I take lomotil as needed.

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   Posted 10/23/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Coinfections are those opportunistic infections that may come along for the ride with the Lyme (such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia/Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, Rickettsia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.) and/or may take advantage of the lowered immune system after Lyme infection has already begun (viruses are common).

Here are what I would ask about if I were you: Ask the doctor to explain why he considers you to be resistant to antibiotics, and why he thinks you have Lyme. Ask more questions about what herbs he thinks might be helpful for you and why. Ask specifics of dosing, too. You may find you need to start out at small doses and slowly work up to the full recommended dose of a particular herb or supplement. Ask about nutritional supplements. Ask about other things you might need to do to support your body's healing (such as dietary modifications, etc.).

If you really do have Lyme (and it is very likely if you have labwork that suggests it), then it is very possible that is why your experience is different than the pathology suggests as far as the severity of your "UC." Lyme bacteria can penetrate into the wall of the GI tract where they can cause problems that cannot be seen on the typical biopsy or by the doctor during the colonoscopy.

Good luck,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently trying to wean off TPN.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, Milk Thistle, Ailanthus, homeopathy.

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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to say something real quick...my little brother has ulcerative colitis. He is real sick all of the time, for the last 7 or 8 years.
However, he got the lyme vaccination. We are pretty sure he has lyme. His doctors always tell him he doesn't need tested though. Hopefully, he will find a doctor who will do the darn test!
He may have colitis. I don't doubt that he does, but I think that the lyme caused it!

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   Posted 10/24/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Ask your doctor to check you for all co-infections, Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia/Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, Rickettsia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever plus all viruses like Epstein Barr, HHV6, cytomegalovirus(CMV), etc. Lyme patients usually pick up viruses as well because Lyme surpresses the immune system. These viruses can make you just as sick.

You will also want to have an NK Striker CD57 test done to see how low your immune system is.

I hope this helps.
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