My story is just beginning. I apologize for such a lengthy tale, but I thought I would start with why I believe I have Lyme. I feel very fortunate that I haven't lived this for years. I welcome any/all of your thoughts, ideas and/or suggestions.
My symptoms started last summer.....Shortness of breath, somewhat spacey, left knee stiffness, a pinch in my hip and just not feeling as energetic. I chalked it up to menopausal, but I thought it was kind of weird since I'd been menopausal for almost for 6 years. As fall approached, I started experiencing more symptoms....heart palpitations, anxiety, minor back pain and minor depression. Again....maybe menopause related?
December 2017, I had a varicose vein on my left left taken care of and minor eye lid surgery. Three weeks later, early January 2018. my left leg started with internal vibrations. Head tightness, ear stuffiness, increased hip pain, cracky neck, and the internal vibrations moved up my entire left side. As days passed, random waves of numbness crept in and lasted about
an hour each time. The numbness would show up in different spots each time...elbow, upper arm, forearm into thumb, but mostly on the left side.
March 2 - I saw my PCP. She did thorough blood tests and everything looked great. She set me up to see a neurologist. She didn't come right out and say it, but she wants to check for MS.
March 10 - Worst day ever! I ended up at the ER with tightness in my chest, numbness in my arm and high frequency internal vibrations on my left side. My head was tight and I was spacey. They did a chest Xray...nothing wrong. EKG...Looks great Brain Cat Scan....Looks good. Then, the doctor asked if I'd been bitten by a tick. Hell yeah! I live in the woods, pick wild blueberries, garden and I'm a pet owner. Even though I never saw a red ring, I've pulled a two or three attached ticks off over the years. At this point, I thought I had my answer. Wrong! Three Lyme tests and all were negative. I contacted my PCP and she did one more test. out of the 15 bands, 2 were negative, 10 were NonReactive and three IgG were Reactive...41, 58 and 66, but I didn't have 5-10 bands. Lyme symptomatic, reactive bands, but I was still a negative in the eyes of the CDC.
After this, I called some friends with Lyme info and started to educate myself about
Lyme. I e-mailed my PCP through the hospital portal and BEGGED her to take a chance and start me on some kind of Lyme meds. I had told her that I had been experiencing symptoms since last summer, but I never thought about
them being Lyme symptoms. Then, I thought it might be possible that when my body was recovering from my Vein procedure and eyelid surgery, it may have been the perfect time for those resting Lyme bacteria to move in and do their thing. At this point, she was willing to write me a prescript
I had read that a diet free of gluten, sugar, dairy and caffeine is the best way to approach Lyme, so I dove right in. After two weeks of a clean diet and meds, and I was feeling MUCH better. I still don't have a Lyme diagnosis, but the meds were helping, and I was able to function much better than I had been.
March 30 - Neurologist appt. Wants me to have an MRI and a spinal tap. Checking for MS. Ugh! This can wait for a while. I'm still 100% convinced I have Lyme Disease.
My Lyme friends also encouraged me to contact a Lyme Literate doctor who is a Naturopathic.
April 9th - I had my first appt with the Naturopathic LL doctor. She thinks I have Lyme. That band 41 can be a tricky one. She gave me an additional prescript
ion of Doxy to get me through another month. She did some blood work, and I did the DNA Connexions urine test. This doctor sometimes uses the IGeneX test, but she likes this test better. It cost me $500 (more than IGeneX), but I don't care. I must get to the end of this. I'm anxiously waiting to hear how my blood work and urine tests come back. She told me that if I have Lyme, I would be 100% cured after 6-12 months.
April 11th - Back to My PCP. I promised her I'd go back to her to let know how the Doxy was working out. I let her know that I was seeing a Naturopathic doctor. I REALLY like my PCP. I know PCP's can fall short with Lyme, but she's really good at other things.
She handled the news well, and is looking forward toHearing how things go with the Naturopathic doc. She made me believe she didn't think a gluten free diet was a good idea, but she didn't tell me not to go that route. Her concern...What if there's some kind of gluten allergy going on, and I continued with meds? Did the meds make me feel better or the diet? Legitimate concern? I'm good with eating normal because I tend to eat fairly healthy anyway. What to do?
Here's my big question. DIET! Everyone with Lyme seems to be eating Clean. I've poked around to see if others with Lyme have eaten a normal healthy diet that limits sugars. I can't find anything out there. I understand that Lyme bacteria thrives on sugar and gluten, but is it possible to make a full recovery by eating healthy and not eating Clean?
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and respond.