I suspect i have lyme

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   Posted 1/29/2010 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
The more i read about Lyme, the more i am convinced I have it. I manifest a lot of the symptoms: lethargy, sleep issues, and a myriad of cognitive effects like ADD, persistent depression, generalized anxiety, etc. I also have an uncontrollable GERD (gastric reflux) problem that was coincidentally only stopped last year when I was taking Biaxin for bronchitis, and I don't have h pylori according to an endoscopy. I also have a lot of food and environmental allergies, and chronic sleep issues, amongst many other indications, but those are the ones that effect my life the most.

I am now in my late 20's and I have had a hard time with school and work and flourishing in a structured society. I've failed at most.

I blamed various reasons for this: hypoglycemia, food intolerance and allergies, possible celiac disease, leaky gut syndrome, delayed sleep phase syndrome, etc. but I think it might be this. I always felt like something was not right with me - either something hormonal or something unidentified. This is hard to articulate, but hopefully someone can relate.

I live in a rural area and I spent a lot of my youth at the cottage so it is very conceivable that i was bitten by a tick. I don't recall being bitten, but apparently a lot of people don't either.

So my question now is where do i go from here? Antibiotics? How can i treat this? Has anyone here had success? Can you post your regimen?

P.S. I also have very prominent scars on my lower back that I always thought were stretch marks which my doctor said was impossible to be that deep from growing, and after looking at a few pictures of 'cat scratch fever' they looked exactly like that. I never had a cat and I don't ever recall being scratched by anything, but it could have been when I was really young. Also, when i look at pictures of my childhood my lips were always bright red... really noticeable. Other kids used to tease me about it and call me lipstick. Is this an indication of anything?

P.P.S Slightly off topic: but does anyone here believe in chronic tetanus infections and could it linger and have the same ramifications as lyme?

Post Edited (ljk) : 1/29/2010 2:10:20 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/29/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ljk,
Welcome to Healingwell!! Sorry you have been sick for so long. Great to have you here.
Your symptoms could be form lyme. The stretch marks sound like Bartonella. You should google this and view the pictures.
Have you had a blood test for Lyme yet? Not all labs test the same. One of the best labs for testing of TBI "tick born infections" is IgeneX labs.
You also need to find a LLMD " lyme literate medical doctor" not all doctors are Lyme literate!! you should read and learn as much as possible about this disease.
Some good places to start are ilads.org, lymediseaseassociation.org, and turnthecorner.org

Best wishes

Post Edited (Cheezhead) : 1/30/2010 4:07:31 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/30/2010 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Cheezhead: The scars look exactly like the Bartonella rash!

What would be the best regimen to fight this?

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   Posted 1/30/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I would like to suggest you read the 'sticky' on the top of the forum "New to Lyme? start here". It's a great place to get started.

& where to start? I would like to suggest to start with detoxing. A simple detox is soaking for 30 minutes in a bath of epsom salts & hydrogen peroxide. A foot bath of the same works pretty well also. Start slow though, when I first started detoxing I got migraines, because I was trying to do to much too fast. I had to start with a detox bath only 2 time a week & build from there.

What sx are the worst for you? There are some non-scipt things that can be done to help alleviate some sx. We cannot tell you what treatment methods work best as what your body needs in order to get beyond this is as individual as you are, but there are suggestions that we can give.

What kind of tx are you after? Abx, , Homeopathic/herbal, or a combo of those?

Finding an LLMD to be seen by is a really good thing to do, although if you can't get in to see one, a doc who isn't against learning about it might be easier to find.

HOpe this helps some~
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.

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