I am so very sorry that you have a need to be here, but I am sure glad you found us! I'm sure you will find a whole lot of information here, but almost more importantly - lots of support!!
Did you mean that you have read through our "New to Lyme?...Start here!" thread? If not, I would highly encourage you to do so!! It's packed full of relevant information, symptom lists and informative links that have been put together by our members here! Most of those who have read through it have said that it was very helpful!!
We also have a pretty good search function on this forum to help you narrow down your search for information from past posts. We must be our own health advocates now and the best thing to arm yourself with is knowledge about
our infections and the different ways to treat them!
You do have enough of the symptoms that I believe it's wise for you to be evaluated by a Tick-borne disease specialist. You do have the option of using abx (anitbiotics) alone to treat, abx and herbals (many have found this to be very helpful), or by 'natural' treatments alone or in combination with abx.
If you want to use abx in any combination or alone, here are some places to contact for a referral:
For information on finding a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor(LLMD) in your area, please email our long time member, Dan's Mother at:email@example.com
You can email Stephanie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also go to: www.turnthecorner.org/
if you want to learn a little bit more about
You can also go to The Lyme Disease Association and search for LLMD's 3 times in a month. You have to register first. Here is the link:www.lymediseaseassociation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=277&Itemid=74
You will want to find an ILADS (International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society) doctor. The ILADS site is another great place to read to get you started on your Lyme journey. www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/treatment_guidelines_clearing_ilads.html
You can also ask the members here for a referral, although you will need to enable your email in your profile to do that, as we don't allow members to post Dr's names or info. If you don't want to use the email address you have now, you can create a second one on your own, or you can go to the tab at the top of the page marked "email". That will take you to where you can create your own email just for use with Healing Well!
As far as the female issues go, I've had lumps in my breast, but not large ones and they have gone away with treatment. You are smart to have already had things checked out!
One thing I have noticed, although it's not with lumps in my breast, is that lots of things reoccur with Lyme and other tick-borne infections! I would think that I had something taken care of, and after a bit, the issue would just pop back up! I can tell you though that with treatment these things have come back less and less often and generally for a shorter time each time they showed up. These infections can sure make the body do some crazy things!!
I too had a couple of miscarriages, and mine were due to long-term chronic Lyme. I have had two beautiful kids (who are now adults and dealing with their own Lyme) since that time!! For more information on kids and Lyme, here is a great site to visit - just promise you'll come back! Giggle! www.drjoneskids.org
The doctor that you saw during Christmas sounds like a wonderful, knowledgeable doc!! What he told you was correct. All of those things create stress and Lyme and friends feed off of that stress in a way. Stress lowers our immune system response, so these little critters get to come out to play, reeking havoc in our bodies.
In the "New to Lyme?" thread, the second post down, and about
1/2 through that post, you will see instructions on how to detox. It's simple and relaxing for most. Although I do need to caution you to start off slowly and with only warm water (not hot or overly warm), as this has the potential to cause even more aches and pains. Also be careful to only stay in the warm bath for no more than 7 - 10 minutes for the first time, at least until you know how your body will respond.
The reason I am suggesting heavily that you detox in this way, is because it sounds like you are experiencing a Herxheimer reaction, or Herx as we call them here. This is just an overload of toxins in the body, and the body just can't deal with all of them, so we need to help our bodies to get rid of those toxins. Our skin is one of our largest detox pathways, so the dry skin brushing is pretty important as well. Drinking plenty of lemon water (eight 8 ounce glasses at least) will not only help you stay hydrated, but will help your body stay in a more alkaline state. Viruses and bacteria like an acidic state in our body, and they will try very hard to keep it that way!
This may be a whole lot of info at this time for you, so I'll stop here for now. We all chip in to help those asking questions, so others will be along shortly to add their ideas as well!
I would suggest that you keep your OB appt, just to be sure that things are all okay!
Welcome to our spot!!! Remember that you are no longer alone in this!!
Co-Moderator, Lyme Disease ;)
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List"
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
I break up my post because my eyes have been effected by TBI's as well, making long paragraphs very hard to read.