I wanted to make a journal to keep track of my progress of healing myself from Chronic Lyme. It is my goal that this thread will not only keep myself motivated and on track, but will provide value to other members in this community who are on the same path as me.
Here's a quick background on my story. In the summer of 2012 when I was living in Pennsylvania, a few friends and I set off into the woods in search of a local swimming hole near a waterfall. What started out as a fun day went south when we got lost for 6 hours. We eventually made our way back to the car and I thought nothing of it, other than being very annoyed that we got lost for so long.
Fast forward a few days (or two weeks, can't remember) and I was down visiting a buddy in North Carolina for a college get together. We didn't get in until super late so we only had a few beers before calling it a night. I remember not being able to get out of bed in the morning, profuse sweating, lots of muscle pain, and a weird red dot on the back of my right knee.
I eventually got out of bed but started to get progressively worse over the weekend until I noticed that the small red dot progressed into a full bullseye rash. I didn't know what this meant at that time because I wasn't too familiar with Lyme even though I lived in a hotspot. I took some pictures of the rash and sent it to my friend who was a nursing student asking her what she thought it might be and she suggested, "It looks like Lyme, I would go get tested ASAP." When I got back to PA, I went to Urgent Care and got tested for Lyme. When the results came back, sure enough I tested positive for Lyme.
I went through the standard 3 weeks of antibiotics (I think it was doxycycline). The rash went away and everything seemed to get better. But as time went by, I started to develops lots of neurological symptoms (depersonalization, derealization, brain fog, fatigue, memory loss, tripping over things, filmy vision, etc.) I have some other less severe symptoms nowadays but the main symptoms mentioned above are still present will me. Thankfully they haven't gotten worse.
Fast forward a few more years to summer of last year and I'm now living in Colorado, a state less versed in Lyme Disease and it's effects. I had a wild night out with some friends and woke up with severe Lyme issues including vertigo, not being able to see, etc. I was terrified and got somebody to drop me off at the ER. They ran all sorts of tests but couldn't find anything wrong with me. I started reading Buhner's Healing Lyme a few weeks prior to this experience and knew what was going on. After tons of bloodwork and stuff I convinced the doctor to prescribe me more antibiotics, which I'm not sure now was a good idea, but oh well. Eventually I got "better," that is back to my normal Lyme symptoms and I kept pushing on with my life.
I have tried staying active as I refuse to mentally let this disease destroy my life. I am currently in a relationship with a woman that I see myself marrying so I want to get ahold of these psychological Lyme sypmtoms so I can be present and a normal healthy, emotional being since Lyme has since stole all of my ability to feel emotions and connect with other people. I started taking Japanese Knotweed yesterday (per the new Buhner Core Protocol). I need to start this journal for myself so that I can remain focused on sticking to the protocol. I did it for a few weeks last year and fell off the wagon because I didn't have a support system. Now I finally have someone who is there to be supportive and understanding of what I'm going through and I want to heal this disease so we can get on with our lives together.
If you've made it this far, thank you for reading about
my story! I hope that I can provide some value on your own journey to healing. We can do this everyone!
Post Edited (Maverick6981) : 12/13/2017 2:06:03 PM (GMT-7)