I am new to posting here but I have been reading everyone's posts for the past couple years.
I was diagnosed with "chronic Lyme" in July of 2016. I have been bitten by ticks my whole life and thought nothing of it when I found a tick on my hip the previous March. To make a long story short, I thought I had the flu that wouldn't go away and doctors continued to treat me for those symptoms. By July my central nervous system was shutting down, a large knot appeared on my head and I was so sick that I was passing out and could barely get out of bed to go to work on most days. I honestly thought I was going to die because doctors didn't have a clue ( one of the neurologists offered me antidepressants). They kept giving me antibiotics and such to treat the symptoms but finally, my late husband remembered that I was bitten by a tick and called me and it was like the biggest relief because I immediately went to the internet and there it was I had every symptom but that was only the beginning of my misery.
My primary care doctor reluctantly tested me for Lyme and it came up as 41 IGG and 23 IGM were reactive so she diagnosed me with "chronic Lyme", immediately put me on long-term doxy. I responded pretty well and I was feeling better but my central nervous system was not improving. The left side of my body seemed to still be having problems (tremors, possibly Bells Palsy, pain, fever, night sweats etc...) So I started being my own doctor and finally figured out I had symptoms of Babesia. I went back and yes finally a positive result. She called me said I need to get in there immediately and something horrible happened she wasn't there and her nurse practitioner told me he couldn't treat me that I would have to go to a specialist ( In the meantime I am dying and I have to drive hours to a specialist and cant get off work) So to shorten this story, my infectious disease doc (somewhat Lyme literate) continued to give me doxy and then changed to cefuroxime without treating the Babesia correctly.
I started researching in 2017 and started taking silver hydrosol which was helping and I was feeling good for months but around August of 2017, I started going downhill (I really didn't notice how bad I was getting). My husband passed away and was in the middle of moving to a new town and this stupid disease was the least of my problems until something happened with my foot and I could hardly walk (In the meantime I had to switch insurance to Kaiser horrible mistake) I thought I had something simple going on with my foot and they tell me nothing is wrong (after X-rays, MRI, and a bone study). Now my left side is causing pain, numbness, tinnitus, neck, and back as well. More X-rays and MRI and nothing. I told Kaiser that I have Lyme/Babesiosis and my primary tested me for it and it was negative (No Igenex or western blot just a blood test (BORRELIA BURGDORFERI AB, SER,QL).
After reading here (God Bless all of you for your stories) and seeing so much advice I decided to order Artemisinin and try it. I have been taking 200 mg 3 times a day for about 1.5 weeks and after day 3 I got very ill (freezing, chills, and couldn't get out of the bed for 30 hours) so I hope that was herxing because yesterday and today were phenomenal days I feel great but I am not sure if this is the end.
I have been reading about Dr. Zhang and Dr. Buhners protocols and am self-diagnosing because my funds are very limited and I just can't afford to pay out of pocket and Kaiser is just WORTHLESS. So any advice would be greatly appreciated and thanks to everyone for all of the stories and knowledgable information.