You’re not alone.
For years, I bounced from one doctor to another. I saw every type of specialist, had every test they could think of. Most of the time, my results were normal, and I was left without answers.
Even when I received a diagnosis, I still had unexplained symptoms, and didn’t respond to treatment as expected. I had a condition for every body system, and an even longer list of medications, but I was still disabled and housebound.
Finally, another patient pointed me in the right direction, and I discovered the root cause of my chronic illness.
Now that I’m getting better, I want to help other people do the same.
If my story sounds familiar, please stick around. And, above all, never let anyone tell you that your symptoms are all in your head.
So what was it?
If you’re wondering how one little bug could do so much damage, read on…
Everything we’re taught about Lyme disease is wrong.
You’ve probably been led to believe that Lyme disease is hard to catch and easy to treat. Take precautions if you go in the woods, but don’t panic if you do get a tick bite. It takes at least 24-48 hours for ticks to transmit bacteria, and you don’t need to act unless you see a bull’s-eye rash. If you get sick, you’ll just feel like you have the flu for a couple of weeks, and a short course of antibiotics will clear it right up.
Or maybe you weren’t informed of any of that, because you don’t live in the northeast. They say Lyme isn’t a threat where you are. Maybe you were told you don’t even have ticks in your area.
- Lyme disease is an epidemic. It’s the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the US.
- Lyme has been found in all 50 states. People, pets, and birds all carry ticks and travel, and ticks don’t respect state lines.
- The tick does not have to be attached at least 24 hours for you to be infected. There is no minimum time limit before transmission occurs.
- Most patients do not recall a tick bite or rash. Ticks can be as small as the period at the end of this sentence, and are therefore easy to miss and feel. They can hide in parts of your body that you cannot see, and they numb you before they bite. The rash doesn’t always develop, or it can be atypical, resembling other insect bites.
- Lyme and tick-borne diseases are also passed through blood transfusions and pregnancy.
- The standard screening tests miss up to 50% of cases.
- The longer diagnosis and treatment is delayed, the higher the chance that Lyme spirochetes will spread to every organ in your body, including the brain.
- Lyme is called “The Great Imitator” because it can mimic so many other conditions, including rheumatological, neurological, and autoimmune disorders, such as: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s. Lyme should be considered whenever there is a diagnosis of exclusion, symptoms that span multiple body systems, or symptoms that migrate around the body and/or come and go. It can also be the cause of non-epileptic seizures, and mental illness.
If any of this sounds like you, please look into Lyme disease!
I recommend starting with: the ILADS website, the symptom questionnaire developed by Dr. Richard Horowitz, IGeneX testing, and the 2008 documentary “Under Our Skin.”
I will also link to a more detailed version of my story when I have it.