Archives for: May 2010
Well, it looks like I might have Lyme Disease! Two weeks ago, I was reading a book that mentioned Lyme Disease symptoms and I thought OMG these look familiar! Then the next day my neighbor called and said “I was watching a medical TV show, and they were talking about Lyme Disease, and I think that might be what you have.” Two days later the specialist I’ve been seeing walked me through my recent 28 blood tests (yes 28!!! They had to use both arms to get enough blood!). And he thinks I may have Lyme Disease! I show signs of having multiple viral infections, which usually means positive for Lyme. So they started me on Antibiotics and Antiviral meds. I’m also taking some hormones, Cat's Claw and Hawthorn for the heart symptoms.
What a shock! I cried for two days straight and then I started doing research. I didn’t suspect Lyme, at first, because I didn’t know it could affect the heart. When people talk about Lyme you usually hear about arthritis symptoms. I have had some very strange and extremely painful joint problems over the last three years, but they mostly went away so I didn’t worry about it. I chalked it up to getting older. I’m 51 after all. But, apparently about 10% of people infected with Lyme have heart problems brought on by the disease. So, I guess this is why the Doctors at Kaiser couldn’t find anything wrong with me and thought I was just having panic attacks. And this is why I could eat so well and so strictly and still have health problems. The best food and vitamins in the world can only get you so far when you’re dealing with this nasty little beast.
I’m taking a very expensive blood test for Lyme and co-infections tomorrow. These results won’t be back for 3-4 weeks. But, I’m doing much better since I started the antibiotics and antiviral. I still haven’t gone back to work, but if I continue to improve the way I have these last two weeks I should be able to go back soon, cross your fingers for me.
I’m really grateful for this way of eating, well really this way of life. I can’t imagine how sick I would be if I hadn’t been eating this way. My poor heart has really been pushed to the test and so far it keeps on pumping. Heart problems run in my family (on both sides) and if I hadn’t been taking such good care of my body when this disease hit my heart I might have just had one massive heart attack and never lived to tell this tale.