I've just joined the group. Thank you for this forum... After 1.5 years of suffering with primarily psychiatric symptoms (totally out of my character), emptying my savings to see what seems like 100s of allopathic and alternative healthcare practitioners, and a virtual stopping to my once vital, vibrant, and non-stop lifestyle, 2 LLMD's have just diagnosed me with Lyme/Bartonella. I am in denial--though I know something has been amiss for this entire period.
It began with Interstitial Cystistis out of nowhere, progressed to severe panic, depression and suicidal thoughts (I LOVE LIFE!!!), to cognitive issues (loss of words-and I'm paid to speak for a living as a professor and corporate exec), deterioriting handwriting, memory issues, joint pain and inflammation, lower back pain (could be from yoga
, and hopelessness.
I did take the Igenix tests. Results as follows: IgM;+ for band 31, I for 39, + for 41, ++ for 58 and + for 66.
IgG: I for 31, ++ for 41. Any insights?
I started, begrudgedly, xithro yesterday--horrible stomach effects--upping to 500 mg tomorrow, to be followed by Rifampin next week. Have only done natural/holsitic remedies for nearly all little ailments prior. Was also put on about
10 supplements and asked to get more bloodword and brain MRI.
I thought I just had mid-life crisis and hormonal imbalance! So, any feedback would be SOOO appreciated. I feel totally overwhelemed and frightened that I have become a "sick" person and won't get my life back.
Healing and light to all,