I have been following the messages on the group since I realized I was dealing with lyme eight months ago and I can not express how grateful I am to all of the members on the group for all of the wonderful information and personal experiences shared here.
For a long time I just dipped into messages here and there based on searches, but when it became clear to me that this journey of healing is going to be much much longer than I initially hoped I started slowly reading through the archives and it's been a very positive experience for me. The sense of community here reminds me of my early days on the internet, all sorts of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and approaches coming together to share information and support each other. This group is my happy place right now and that is one of the small blessings that lyme has brought me. So all that is to say thank-you and hello.
Life is very busy for me as I have young children and I'm doing my best to continue to lead as normal a life as possible because, as you all know, no one really wants to hear the lengths you go to to do all the basic stuff so I do not know if I will post often but I do want to thank everyone that takes the time to share on this group it really is a lifeline!
As for my own story, I was bitten four and a half years ago (I never saw the tick but I was hiking in an area well known as a hot spot) and developed a bulls eye rash. By the time I made it to the doctor's office the rash was fading, it was diagnosed as a horsefly bite and I tested negative on the two teir test at four weeks and again at four years.
Undeniable symptoms took about
two years to develop and by the four year mark a friend had introduced me to Buhner's work and I started treating with herbs. All medical tests have been negative so medically speaking I’m just a healthy complainer ;-) which on the upside means that I have a good starting point for following my own instincts on an herbal protocol.
It took several months to reach the full protocols (minus a few things) for the three main infections (borrelia, babesia, and bartonella) which I've been treating since November 2017. Immediately I saw improvement in some of the lyme symptoms but in the last couple of months symptoms have been somewhat cyclical, alternating between dominance of one of the three infections and it feels very much as if it is one step forward and two steps back right now. So here I am for the long journey.