A Success Story in the Works - plus AMAZING news!!!!

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   Posted 11/24/2014 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
For those of you who do not know me - I will give a brief (sort of!!) history of my battle with lyme

It all started a year ago in October 2013. Went hiking - got a tickbite, didn't realize what it was, bc there was no rash. November started with severe anxiety, weakness in my legs, depression and insomnia. Totally not me. December came and I had cystitis the entire month. Literally was in love with the bathroom (not)! January - i started getting little bits of joint pain here and there, ok, no biggie. Then I had conjunctivitis and a sinus infection. Took augmentin for a week. Two days later, I got a flash of pain all over my joints, I was in so much pain, but didn't feel sick. it was the weirdest sensation ever. Felt better the next day. Decided to take a dip in the jaccuzzi bc it was my bday weekend. Bad idea (obviously) - the next day the migrating pains started. Then came the muscle twitches, nerve pain, muscle weakness in my arms and legs....a week following the tingling and numbness started, then the nausea and the sweats, rib pain, foot pain,....... HOLD ON!!! I was an absolute WRECK. I am 39 yrs old, mother of 3 - I could not even take care of my kids. And what does the DR do - he gives me nortriptyline bc he says I have fibromyalgia - total BS. I didn't take it. my parents and my husband both suggestion lyme. I did the research and sure enough, I just knew it was that. The lyme test came back negative (just the well known ridiculous nonreliable ELISA test), and I tried to convince him that it didn't mean a darn thing but he wouldnt listen. I am a pharmacist, so I was lucky to have access to meds. Although I convinced a walk in clinic dr to prescribe doxy, she didn't give me enough until I saw my LLMD, so I helped myself to some extra where I worked (at the time).

In Feb of this year, my most wonderful LLMD who I owe my awesome health to clinically diagnosed me with lyme and bart. She started me off slow on doxy then added Zithromax then switched doxy to Bactrim (bc I couldn't handle doxy over the summer). I also took herbs such as teasel root, serrazymes, tried GSE, but it didn't agree with me, took a handful of vitamins, nutritionals, omega, fish oil, etc. She focused on the immune system. She said the antibiotics definitely kill the bacteria, but not alone - the immune system plays a huge role, which is why she is against giving any patient loads of meds at a time bc doing that damages the body's ability to fight on its own and causes more problems.

I stopped the Bactrim at the end of august
stopped the Zithromax on sept 19th.

over two months later, I am doing just great!!

Instead of taking cystbusters and such, I started magnetic therapy. I can't really explain it too well bc I am still trying to understand it myself. I just know that it works, for several reasons. it is supposed to "balance out" the body. It creates a magnetic force in the body that draws the bad stuff out into the open for the immune system to fight. It also is supposed to make your body highly alkaline, which we all know lyme does not like. I herxed after both treatments (one in sept, one in oct), and felt better after each time. All I have left now is a pinched nerve in my shoulder and twitches here and there (very seldom compared to what it used to be, supposedly all due to nerve damage). I asked my dr - "how can I be sure it is not the lyme causing this". she confidently said, it is not lyme, bc it is too localized. if you still had lyme, you would feel it through your body. she was right. I can literally say I am fine. and guess what else - I am not even taking herbs. some of you may say its a bad idea, but guess why I am not taking anything - bc I am PREGNANT!!

yes, I was in complete awe and shock and I don't know what else to say. I just went thru a hell of a year physically, but I am thrilled. I am not worried. I don't know why I am not worried. I guess bc I feel fine. I have been pregnant 7 times already, had 4 miscarriages. And I just got over lyme disease. my husband is taken aback on how calm I am. but even he agrees with me - I think I am in better health now then I ever was, which is why I got pregnant so easily. I had numerous issues in the past, always got pregnant naturally, but it took months of unprotected sex for it to finally happen. although we have had protected sex countless times in the past year, we have had unprotected sex maybe only 6 times in the past 3 months, and that was basing it on the rhythm method, so I should not have even been fertile - which means something - my body is in good shape and is ready for it. I have 3 kids, always wanted four, and pretty much decided against having anymore after suffering so much this past year. But may God's Will be done!

so here I go, full steam ahead - please wish me luck!! =)

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   Posted 11/24/2014 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesome news, Chapelle! Congrats!

Yay, another success story to add to the growing list!!
Symptoms started Sept, 2013 (maybe sooner?)
Buhner's protocol May 15/14 to July24/14
Igenex positive July 3, 2014; Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14
Zithro July26-Aug.24/14
Amox 1000mg x3 + Probencid started Aug. 29/14; added biaxin 500X2 Sept. 26/14
Probiotics, Gaba, Psy-stabil, milk thistle, VitC, B12,D, Cal/Mag, extra mag, Ashwaganda, Curcumin

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   Posted 11/24/2014 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Really wonderful news, all the best to you and your family!

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   Posted 11/24/2014 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I just love your story. And no doubt you are healthier for many reasons, I'm sure—not the least of which is your inner peace and spirited engagement in life as a recovered lymee. ;)

And I LOVE your LLMD, too:
"She said the antibiotics definitely kill the bacteria, but not alone - the immune system plays a huge role, which is why she is against giving any patient loads of meds at a time bc doing that damages the body's ability to fight on its own and causes more problems."

I'm going to talk w/ my LLMD about this concept. I love it.

Thanks for sharing—


Post Edited (Pirouette) : 11/25/2014 11:25:49 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/24/2014 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! So nice to hear such positive news!

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   Posted 11/24/2014 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
that is wonderful news! all of it! especially the pregnancy! but also you feeling good!

so many exclamation points, b/c it's such very good news! :)

So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving for you; Something I say with my son's situation too is what a difference a year can make!

I'm very happy for you!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   

You go girl!:)

Keep posting the wonderful news.
Wrinkles only go where smiles have been:)

Igenex and CDC positive
(23-25 +) (31 ++) (34 IND) (39 IND) (41 ++) (83-93 IND)
Treating Lyme, Babs, Bart
Stopped all meds for the time being.

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   Posted 11/25/2014 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic! That is great news and encouraging news for the rest of us!
Initial symptoms started 11/2013, diagnosed with Lyme and IgeneX test results 10/2014,
IGM: 31 IND, 39 IND, 41 +
IGG: 23-25 IND, 31 ++, 34 IND, 39 IND, 41 +++, 58++
Suffering every day, Butt....I am fighting it every step of the way!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing your success and your good news
Started anaplasma and mycoplasma treatment 03/2014. Tens years sick. Hoping to see consistent improvement this year.

IGENEX results 2013
IgM Negative **31 - IND **34 - IND **41 - IND **83-93 - +
IgG Negative **41 - +

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   Posted 11/25/2014 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on every front!!!!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you Chapelle! I am so happy for you!!!

Totally healed for 8 years ~ used Dr. Jernigan's protocol from his book "Beating Lyme Disease"

Our bodies are wise as they can heal themselves with some help plus detoxing daily, eating healthy. I come back to help others for others helped me when I was sick. Pay it forward! :-)


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   Posted 11/25/2014 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been anxiously waiting to hear your story, Chapelle and what a wonderful story it
is! Thank you so very much for sharing it and, most importantly, congratulations on getting
where you are today!

Even more importantly, best wishes for a successful pregnancy - it seems to be the perfect
culmination of all the great changes you made in promotion of good health.

I agree that you LLMD is onto something re strengthening the immune system. In fact, that's
been my focus all along - get the body in tip-top shape to fight the battle.

Much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I'm doing happy dances for you! :)
7/14/14 removed nymph deer tick and started 200mg doxy for 3 wks per PCP the next day
9/18/14 met LLMD and was clinically dx'd with Lyme due to Bells Palsy
10/23/14 Igenex/CDC positive for Lyme
currently taking amox and doxy....doing well and hoping to be off abx within 3 months

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   Posted 11/25/2014 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Chapelle! Great to hear you're feeling good and that you have a little one on the way. Exciting times for you. Best of luck!!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Amazing. Our bodies are so much smarter and powerful than we give them credit for. Immune system is our engine for healing. Congrats
I thru hiked the Appalachian trail and believe I got a tick bite transmission of lyme, bartonella, and possibly babesia in June 2014

Symptoms started July 27, 2014

Treatment started July 29, 2014 doxycyline only

Saw LLMD Sept 07, 2014

Diagnosed with Lyme and bartonella clinically currently treating.

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   Posted 11/25/2014 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
What wonderful news Chapelle! Congratulations! My pregnancy has been nothing but a breeze (due in 5 weeks) and I am wishing the same for you!

It is odd for sure though. We used protection and I still got pregnant! Apparently after beating the crap out of lyme, our bodies really must have things going for it. Good luck!

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July 2007 - Deer tick bite w/ physician confirmed EM Rash - given 10 days of Doxy
October 2012 - My world gets rocked January 2013 - My world turns upside down
March 2013 - Igenex +, start treatment with LLMD, LLND, and herbalist
August 2013- Finished all abx, continuing with herbs and homeopathy, Feeling good!
July 2014- Off all treatment since Jan 2014, just taking vitamins

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   Posted 11/25/2014 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
turn CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! yeah That's really awesome news!!! And to have two of our members, former Lyme patients are having babies!!! Woo Hoo!!!! turn How wonderful is that!

Congratulations on your healing as well of course, Chapelle!! LOL! May your pregnancy be a breeze - a truly joyful event!!!

Do keep us posted once in a while about how you are doing!
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12 - no active symptoms
Healed from tick-borne infections, now healing from the damage they left behind.

Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
Back in treatment for new Lyme case 8/2014

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   Posted 11/25/2014 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your healing AND on the baby!!! :)

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   Posted 11/25/2014 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
This is fantastic news and very encouraging. Thx for sharing!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! That is wonderful news! Thank you for sharing!
43 yrs old, symptoms for 5 yrs.
(Anxiety/panic, weakness, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, insomnia, hair loss)
Recent IGenex test: 8/14
IGM: 18+, 23-25 IND, 31+, 39 IND, 41+, 83-93 IND
IGG: 31 IND, 39 IND, 41++
Treatment: 10/1/14: 200 mgs minocycline, 2 tablets malarone
10/24: 200 doxy, 1000 flagyl

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   Posted 11/25/2014 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
That is great! I have a similar back story and your post has given me some hope!
thank you and best of luck with the new baby!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news to hear about!! Congratulations on both achievements! I hope you'll let us know how you're doing once in a while.

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   Posted 11/25/2014 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay!! Congrats on the baby and the recovery! And thank you so much for sharing. It's so great to hear about success.

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   Posted 11/25/2014 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on healing and the baby!
Took me 15 yrs to get diagnosed. Pulsed Omnicef 1200 mg, biaxin 1000mg, Flagyl 1000mg, A-L complex. As of 10/6 I am off omnicef and Biaxin and I'm taking Bactrim DS and plaquinil and will do Flagyl again 3 days only. Off ANX and now doing xylitol/lactoferrin as a bio film desolver. And adding Coartem maybe.

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   Posted 11/25/2014 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all SO much. I am so glad my story was encouraging to you!

Pirouette - that sounds awesome!

Stacystar - I was so glad to hear from you! was wondering how your son was doing!! and for all of you who also don't know the "rest" of my story - all three of my kids had lyme too, and I gotta say, had I not gotten as sick as I did, I never would have learned so much about Lyme and how subtle the symptoms are in kids. I was very fortunate to have noticed it in them. They all treated with abx for three months, and 6 months of AL complex following, and are all fine, Thank God.

toddpaul, traveler, everyone - thank you!

opugirl - ok, girl, we gotta find out how this could happen?? LOL> If God willing this pregnancy goes well, how do I know I wont end up with 5 or 6 kids if protection doesn't work?? LOL - Much congrats to you!!!! I hope the last five weeks go smoothly for you! thanks for your kind words =)

garden peace, I will be on here more than once in a while, I promise that! I love this forum, it has helped me so much, and I just want to give back as much as I can. I went MIA for a good while, first bc of the beginning of school, and second because of my home business. I was so sick last winter, I couldn't really work anymore. I didn't quit pharmacy, but have taken a step back and developed my home ebay/amazon sale business so much that I am making just as much money at home vs working as a pharmacist! I was only working 10 hrs a week, but still! So now it is such a busy time bc Christmas is coming. Anyway, when I do go back into pharmacy, I am going to try to find a way to get involved in Lyme counseling somehow. In the few days I returned to the forum, I have received 5 personal email from individuals having questions for me. I LOVE that, I love helping others, which is one of the main reasons why I became a pharmacist!

I ordered a "Lyme Warrior" T-shirt and wore it in my Facebook profile picture months back. Well, now I think I am going to go ahead and order the "Lyme Survivor" T shirt!!! =)
Registered Pharmacist in NY
Tick Bite in October 2013 (didn't realize it at the time)
Started with Flu Symptoms November 2013 then Muscle/Nerve Symptoms
January 2014. Clinical Self Diagnosis (lyme test was negative) in Feb 2014.....started doxy February 8th. Battled lyme and bartonella for over 7 months. Almost finished with antibiotic treatment. 99% symptom free. Looking forward to recovering!!

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   Posted 11/25/2014 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
YaYYY HUGE CONGRATS on your healing AND being PREGO Chapelle!! This surely brightened my day! So wonderful for you to come back and share with us! I think you mighta had a "lil hunch" ;-) on how positive it is coming back and sharing is for your fellow members on here whom are still fighting the good ol lyme fight. I wish more people would vow to do this when they are healed.

I didnt know you were pregnant Opugirl, congrats to you also! That actually makes 3 that I know of our members that are currently pregnant!!! Sarah (aka username YOGI) is prego also right now if anybody remembers she recently checked back in about a month ago!!

Sx a week following pulling a tick off Summer '10. Oval rash. Initially doubted lyme since wasnt bullseye rash. Received short intervals of various abx 4 trtmnt. Naive to lyme, I gave Inf.D. doc benefit of the doubt & received 2 months of trtmnt (2nd mnth picc was inserted for IV meds). Time elapsed, tolerated sx. Things got bad 3/14-started treatment with LLMD 4/14(Lyme/Babs/Bart) Still treating~
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