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Lou B
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Hi LymeNet Users, [hi]

One of our users, Nimzovich76, suggested I create an updated / featured (sticky) Topic containing Success Stories.
Great idea ... implemented here!

There is a series of Success Stories, compiled from January 2004 through August 2005, that are on the LymeNet Flash but can not be replied / appended because they are in the "old" LymeNet Flash UBB data base. Those stories are here:
http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/022173.html

In order to post current Success Stories, please "reply" to this current Topic because, as I stated, you will not be able to reply to the above linked Topic ... it's just there for historical reference so you all can read the older Success Stories.

I'll start by posting the link to my daughter's story:
http://www.angelfire.com/nj/lorib/

As Melanie Reber originally stated:
"Many come to LymeNet desperate for answers and looking for some glimmer of hope...

Thank you to each of the contributors...

Your words of inspiration are more valuable than you could ever know.

Please feel free to add your own stories, so that we all may hold on to hope through our own journeys."

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Thank you Nimzovich76 for contacting Lou B to create this as a feature!

Lou, thanks for showing Melanie's past post link so folks can go there and read.

2 people have responded to my sensitivities of lights, noise, and chemicals in the last 2 days, and I encouraged them to copy/paste their comments to a thread like this.

If they haven't done this yet, how about being the FIRST SUCCESS stories on Lou's post? Thank you all!
Bettyg [Big Grin]

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This is an old thread of a few sucess stories I had put together in 2003 ....


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posted 18 May, 2003 01:35 AM
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hi i went thru some old posts to find some sucess stories... just to reenforce that there is hope.
1. andagail
Greetings All,

I was a part of this group for several years as I fought the battle against Lyme. I've
been gone a few yrs now (love the new format!). I took oral abx for over 4 yrs and
went thru hell. However, my wonderful LLMD told me to hang on and he'd make me better. He did. After 13 yrs of undiagnosed Lyme, a 2nd bite and infection totaling 17 years of Lyme Disease,my life stolen from me, I've now been symptom free for 2 plus years.

I work 60 hrs a week and have (most) of my health back. I was left with a Candida
strain that was/is hard to get rid of despite profalactic(sp?) Diflucan. I can't have
ANY sugars and little carbs or the "yeastie beasties" make a comeback. A very small price to pay to be rid of Lyme.

I'd take all those pounds of abx again if I had to do it over again (4-6 big pills a day,
uck, for 4 yrs straight). I was bedridden for 2 years, had Bells Palsey, partial use of my limbs, partial eyesight at times, headachs, loss of who I was...a nightmare.

I was diagnosed w/ fibro/m years earlier and it took 6 years to get thru college (and I still can't spell ). I had a full diagnosos of 3rd stage Lyme. I'm now left with some crepitis in my right knee and permanent "floaters" where the "vitrius" fluid of
the eyes had permanently gaped. Otherwise I'm better than when I was a kid, am in good shape and...Oh, I do have my Lyme Scar as I call it. A line between my eyes from squinting with pain for all those lonely years.

I now feel wonderful and the best part is getting my mind back and getting rid of some excess emotions.

My humble advice is to stay on your abx, try to love yourself and laugh at "Lyme Brain" as much as you can. Stay away from all sugar if you are on abx and take your vitamins.

This group sustained me when I could only crawl to the desk and barely lift my hands and hold my head up to read a few posts. I've had many a cry on my keyboard with this group. I was usually too ill to say much but when I did I was always met with kindness and support. I will always come back to give hope with my story. You all have so much to look forward to. YOU WILL GET BETTER!
that's the good news...

A warm hug to you all. You all are in my prayers and thoughts.


andigail


2. Roadrunner

I am 100% but it took over one year!! it does happen if you listen to your doc and do what he tells you!!most important thing are no drinking,(beer,wine) resting,taking your meds,eating healthy!!

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"Beep Beep"

3.oreo

It's been a long time since I got on this board and I remember when I was newly
diagnosed how frightened I was of the future, partly based on the horror stories I
read here. So I feel it is my duty ( and pleasure) to reassure all the newbies out
there that there can be a happy ending to Lyme. After two rocephin sessions ( 3
months , then 6 months) I am now symptom free since last May. I am going to
consider myself cured and hopefully it will stick ! Yes, it was a long road ( 2 years,
and I was treated almost immed. ! ) but sometimes you get lucky and I have faith
that many others will be as blessed as I have been ! Keep the faith ! Oreo

4. GiGi posted on jan 2001

After gotten bit in 1996, I have gone through a great variety of treatments and therapies, all of which together gave me my life back, but not 100%. I kept searching for a solution, being told by my doctor that he suspects a viral omponent to go with Lyme or to play a role in Lyme. Stac's had felt the same way and having come back pain-free from "doctorofhope.com", I explored it further
also, checking with other patients that had been treated there. My own doctor
encouraged me to go. My husband, who had recently been diagnosed with Parkinsons Symptoms/Lyme Disease, and I went to Mexico for four weeks to be treated.

We are both very encouraged by our noticeable improvement. I have not felt as good in many years; my husband started to improve right away while still at the clinic, yet has a bit to go with healing of the damaged nerves. As for me, I am absolutely pain-free, my racing pulse and heart palpitations are gone for the first time in years and I can sleep soundly for many hours.

Explore the above website.
You can also call 1-800-770-6772 for further info. Please note, the phone number
on the website is not correct and will be updated in a couple of days. So dial the
800 number. You are welcome to e-mail us or call. GJGilberg@aol.com; Phone
(206-232-7603).


5. lymerx

ceftin and doxy together in big doses.

then suprax and tinidazole together big.

then suprax, tini, and zythromax more moderately.

All these taken over 17 months. No symptoms now. I was lucky to have no babesia. I take B Complex 100 for nerves and Milk Thistle
for liver. Also acidophilous to restore beneficial bacteria. I found the natural
rememdies (grapeseed extract and olive leaf) just too toxic and not nearly as
effective as good old anbx.


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im sure there are many more . i'll try to look lateer... i had this idea about a month ago and its taken me this long to get the energy to do .it .well imvery tired and fingers hurt.
best wishes [Razz]

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Group for artists. All media welcome:
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Hi! About 6 years ago, I was soooooooo sick from Lyme that my husband drove me down to the beach in Oct. and I sat and cried thinking I would not live to see another summer! After 8 months of IV and oral abx my life slowly returned to normal. that includes going out dancing, summers on the beach, vacations like "normal" people, and working all day without falling off my feet. I attribute it to a great LLMD,(Dr. B), better diet, and active strength training and exercise as soon as I was well enough. (had to start with physical therapy!) . I am not perfect because when symptoms return I go back on abx(oral), like now. But if you have a good LLMD, you will catch it before the symptoms get out of hand, and continue to lead a good life. Hope this has helped someone.

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I absolutely love the success stories; thanks Melanie, Azure and Lou!

Pegee, I'm so glad you added yours. It really gives me a lot of hope!

Andie

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Hey, that was my story way back almost 4 years ago in the original thread! I've come a long way since then. I was still living with my daughter then (who'd cared for me when I was so sick I was an invalid), though my life was starting to come back.

Now I own my own home again: I bought a semi-derelict house a couple of years ago, and though it still needs a lot of work, it's warm, comfortable, and mine. I garden (my goal is to substitute flowers for as much grass as possible). Kinda behind on the actual fix-the-house stuff.

I work part-time at my old profession and love it. I research and write scientific white papers and monitoring plans for the agency I work for, and coordinate projects that involve a bunch of people. To think that five years ago I could only look at pictures in magazines, and could barely follow a conversation with one other person.

From time to time, I get to go out in the field-- this means hiking rough trails in back-country or snowshoeing into remote locations in the winter. This is the part I like best. (Not an indoor type of person.) You better believe I do VERY THOROUGH tick checks when I get back!

I go places for fun. I join friends for dinner. I have "overnights" with my granddaughter, and sometimes we all go on outings. Always an artist in the background, I got hooked on creating fused art glass, and set up a studio in my basement. It's a passion with a long learning curve, and a lot of satisfaction.

I feel very very fortunate. My life is different from what it might have been, but it is rich and rewarding. Since I lost almost all my middle years to Lyme, and the last time I felt healthy was my early 40s, I have had to learn from others what is "normal" for someone my age. I'm not too far off what other active women are. I still have some limits: I still deal with some leftover CNS issues, including migraines, but they are managable with meds.

I get tired, but it is a normal tired, the kind you get over after a good night's sleep. I have not experienced that deep Lyme exhaustion for a very long time. Nor the brainfog. Just the normal kind of gee, where did I leave that? or the odd word that escapes me. What I experience now is the normal sort of thing my never-Lymeie co-workers experience (even people a lot younger than me!).

I am not "cured". I have been on abx 3 times so far. It is possible that periodically I will need to go back on antibiotics for a while. But I am well. So far, each time I've gone back on abx, my baseline has gotten higher, and I have gotten better than I was before. The remaining CNS issues are even starting to resolve. So maybe the time will come that my immune system will be able to do it on its own.

My LLMD is holistic, and uses naturopathic and oriental medicine as well as alleopathic. So a very important part of my treatment all along has been to rebuild my immune system and help my neurological system function as well as possible. I take vitamins, minerals, and several herbs to help with that. I exercise, lift weights and do a sort of Tai Chi (I'm not very good at it, but I try).

Most of all, I have learned to set priorities in my life. What is most important to me is keeping peace with mysef and with all that is around me. Not holding on to stress or anger. Laughing at myself. Doing what I can, even a little, to help make the world a better place. Sometimes something so simple as waving at a neighbor, giving way to someone in a hurry, fostering a homeless mama cat until a home can be found for her and her kittens. (On my mind right now, because I can hear the thunder of 16 kittie feet over my head.) Listening to someone who needs to talk. Teaching other people about Lyme.

And remembering to cut myself some slack! I get to make all the mistakes I need to! [Big Grin]


Hugs to you all.
Dayle Ann

PS: my new tag line is
" ...almost basically together situation."
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Dayle Ann, what was your nickname as I went to read your story and could not find it?

Thanks! So happy you have recovered so much from your lyme! Thanks for sharing your story w/us all. Bettyg [Big Grin]

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Same name. The original post has 4 pages, and I am on the top of page 2. I was so excited at the time at how much better I was. It amazes me to read it now, knowing how much further I have come. I hope my story helps people not to give up. I am still experiencing miracles.

Hugs,
Dayle Ann

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Daryl Ann-

thank you so much for sharing your story and thoughts!

jif

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Thank you for making this a "stuck" topic Lou...and thanks also to those of you who have added your stories of success.

Knowing that our triumphs come in fits and spurts and increments...

IF anyone would like to reply to or change a reply to the original thread...

you can do so by going here:

Success Stories: http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=022173

Melanie

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Boy do I want to be on this post
Still treating since March 2001 now Sept 2006 still fighting.
Iam getting tired wont be back here until cured.
When?God Knows

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Remember Iam not a Doctor Just someone struggling like you with Tick Borne Diseases.

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Tree Patrol...I too was finally dx and started treatment in FEb or March 2001.

I too am looking forward to when both of us are on the success story post. :0

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It does seem that Virgil is symptom free now and therefore qualifies for this post. He is now working full days (for a retired person, he is busier than ever he worked) again helping his mother, getting in wood and taking care of the garden, moving trees and doing odd jobs for a little extra spending money.

At the beginning of this summer he couldn't sleep, walked the floor all night in pain and could barely drag himself around during the day. What a blessing to have him back to full power.

We attribute his success to 3 steps-sea salt in large amounts for 10 days, then homeopathic preps for about 2 months and all the while large amounts of Glyconutrients, Phytonutrients and Plantsterols, to keep up his strenght and immune system while fighting the spirochetes.

This site has been a blessing to me to be able to see what this disease has done to other people. As a nurse, I had no idea what Lyme was all about. You all have educated me and I was able to encourage Virgil.

Thank you all for taking the time to help newbies. I know I will continue to frequent this site and contribute what I can. Hopefull, I will see more and more of you on this thread.

[group hug]

God bless you all.

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Click here for my general lyme experience. So far, it's lookin; pretty good. If I hadn't found Lymenet and kept on going back to the 'conventional' ...'doctors'..., I would no doubt still be sick. I had enough relapses and knew little enough about lyme at the outset to absolutely and totally negate ANY KIND OF 'placebo effect'... It is a fact- we're talkin, FACT, that a substantial (I'm not at all only case I know of with this kind of experience) number of instances of Lyme disease can be cured through extended treatment with antibiotics at high doses. It is possible that some case may require additional therapies; at the very least, these speed recovery and help one rebuild more quickjly afterwords. I have a friend who was greatly helped by 'Rife'machines, for esample. (I didn't use these, but took many supplements and saunas.

Another thing that I believe can help is meditation and "prayer", as long as such is truly helping to focus one's mind and life energy on eradicating the diseases and achieving wellness. That was a huge factor for me. And support from people is very important, too. If you're in a space where support seems hard to come by, it's worth putting some thought into finding this support. I was greatly helped through meeting others who were fighting lyme too, here in Ithaca and nearby cities. Lymenet was a great source of support and information for me as well; I strongly encourage anyone who can to support Lymenet in every way possible!

Prayin' for it all day,
And fightin' for it all night, we need
<a href="http://www.elyrics.net/go/t/Todd_Rundgren/just_One_Victory/">JUST ONE VICTORY</a>, it will be ALRIGHT! Best wishes to all who are fighting this horrible disease!
<a href="http://www.myspace.com/bluecayuga">DaveS</a>

(***note- I tested this before, but now, either it's this ...'windows'... computer I'm testing, or the lymenet pages have been "downgraded" so you can no longer enter urls-- if the latter is the case you'll have to copy the addresses into your browser address space-- sorry about that....! (I'm apolegizing for the "downdaters", or whoever is responsible for this bug, I guess...)-- this is the one kind of "downgrading" we DON'T need, folks!)

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Oh, hi again folks; I just checked my last post, and I see that the link is dead.... But I was still able to find these inpiring song lyrics- and posted 'em in a private hidden web-space just for you!
HERE
is the link...-- hopefully that will work. You can probably hear the song if you do some googling, etc.- it is good and inspiring, too.
DS

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posted 27 September, 2006 10:37 PM


Yipee! Bill is going off all the meds except for lipitor.

So we are hoping this is it!!!! If he stays symptom free all month he might be done with treatments for now.

Tune in next month. Hopefully it will be his last visit w/ Dr. S

Yipee!

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I put this link at in top in Newbie Links Page 5. Success Stories [Big Grin]

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Hi fellow lymies,

I am so glad this topic is here. I remember when i used to come here looking for help and I always liked hearing the success stories. There is hope out there.

Gosh I am not sure how long ago it was for me ..I think about 5 years ago. I was living in Southern NJ. I was sitting down watching tv and felt something . Sure enough it was a tick and this was in November! I pulled it out. Well the site was very itchy and I went to the doctor because I wanted it documented. See, I had an angel back then. There was a woman I met in an online chat room. I always kept in contact with her. She has lyme and would tell me all about what was going on with her. I didn'thave it at this time.

I told her I found a tick and she told me to go the doc. The doctor told me to watch for a rash and flu-like symptoms. Within two days, I had a sore throat. I didn't put the two together. I just thought I had a cold. Then, the left side of my face went numb. Thank god for this symptom. It was a scary symptom and made me go look on the internet. I googled facial numbness and received numerous hits on Lyme. So I went back to the doctor who reprimanded me for looking it up on the internet. She told me the "worse case scenarios" are always on there and make people think they have something they don't.

She put me on a ten day antibiotic treatment. Within days, I felt 100% better. My prescrip. ended and within days I felt terrible. I had burning in my back. My legs went numb off and on. I always described them as "feeling like they didn't want to work". I went back to the doctor who refused to give me antibiotics. I told her "But I felt better on them, and as soon as it was done, I got worse." I also explained that to me it made sense...on antibiotics =felt better..off=felt worse..i didn't understand what the problem was. She said we had to do other tests.

So thousands of dollars later...just like you all..they couldn't find any other explanation. My Western Blot was normal...my pcr's were normal. So now I had either CFS, or a mental disorder.

My angel directed me to this site...where I found an LLMD and tons of support. I went to the LLMD who treated me and tested me. I came back pretty positive. My tick was also the one with the white dot..which my doctor refused to believe ..I think it was the Lonestar tick?

Anyhow I have moved and been to another LLMD who continued my treatment. I was so close to remission...only symptom left was floaters. Then I got pregnant. I was treated my entire pregnancy with antibiotics. When my daughter was born, everything was fine and I felt wonderful.

To this day I am STILL in remission! Stress has not made it come back. Sometimes I think with all my allergy problems and sometimes my back burns...that maybe it's coming back..but so far so good. It could also be that I am getting older!!

My daughter was fine up until about 8 months. She started screaming in her sleep. It was obvious to me that it was a pain cry. At her pediatricians , I mentioned it since it got worse and worse. She would cry most of the night and arch her back. Her doctor told me that she was manipulating me and to go get a book on how to get her in her own bed to sleep. She slept with me while this was going on so I could keep an eye on her.

I went home and cried that day. I knew he was wrong..but had no idea what was wrong with my baby. Then she ended up getting an enlarged breast bud. The dr. called it premature thelarche and said it was normal and would go away. It didn't . When she was about 1 or 2 I insisted on a specialist. We were sent to an endrocrine doctor who was quite aggressive and listened to me.

I told her I knew my daughter was in pain and she would hold her back. The gave her an ultrasound and we found she had ovarian cysts. They said it seems she might be going through premature puberty. But she didn't fit the profile. Her doctor was highly confused. She had an mri. This showed a pineal cyst on her brain. I was so scared. But then I started putting it together. Cysts? I remember a lot of lyme patients had those. She was only two with cysts. She also started to go through a cycle. One week out of the month, she was unbearable. So grumpy and would cry. It was almost as if she was having her time of the month...which is exactly what was happening without the period. The cysts were giving her an influx of estrogen.

I took her to my LLMD..who tested her and she came back positive. Infact she was cdc positive. WE got her on antibiotics and she is doing ok right now. Her endrocrine doctor is following her and might even write a paper. She says she has a couple of kids who were l ike my daughter...and didn't fit the "profile" for precocious puberty...she wonders if it could be lyme for them too. My daughter does still have some problems..Her tube in her kidney might be too short, she has already had her tonsils out..But for the most part, she doesn't have pain anymore and is a happy well adjusted kid.

I am so sorry this is so long. I just wanted to share my story to give others hope..as I have had from visiting this site. I haven't followed lyme in a little bit..but recently came back to find out the latest and sign the petition. I can't believe it is still so bad..I wrote Oprah today...trying to get anything out there about Lyme. I will keep writing my letters..

Even though I am in remission...I am still a lymie..and I support all of you and wish you the best. I will do what I can to help get this topic out in the mainstream!

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My 9 year old daughter has been 100% in full remission for over 4 years now- and I am at 99.9% for 5 years now. Life is good*)*!)*!!
Sincerely,
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It all depends upon what we perceive as "success".

I am so glad to read about the "full successes".

My LLMD wants full success -- no more symptoms. I am happy to define success as: 1. Being able to function better, for at least part of the day. 2. Being able to work some and make a little money. 3. Being out of a wheelchair and able to travel. 4. Getting brain-clear again.

For me, this is a double-edged sword. At some times during the day, and on some full days, I am still very, very sick. But during other times, I can function, read again, walk some, and manage my pain.

I am grateful for this, and if this is the way the rest of my life went, it would be OK. I prefer to look at any improvement with tremendous gratitude. I am also grateful that this disease has taught me much more profoundly how to love and take care of myself.

So all I am saying, or adding to this thread, is that "success" is relative, and if we only define it as full cure / remission, we could get discouraged. And part of my treatment is to try to not let those discouraged thoughts come in and take over.

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I agree with you Jeff!!! I define myself as a success although if I go off abx I go to heck wihtin a week!!!!!!!!!!! But on them I am 99.9%!!!
I am so grateful for what I do have!!!! So grateful, because life had become unbearable. It was horrible always being in pain and being out of control, waiitng for whatever new gruesome thing my body began to do or not do. Boy am I grateful to have no pain- and to be able to walk and do all those nice things*)!*!)*!)!

I may not be cured or in reimssion like my 9 y ear old, but I never ever EVER believed I would get this quality of life again. It is immensely pleasurable to do simple things- still, on bad days like everyone has, mentally bad where I am grouchy I mean, I just clasp my fist and go, "How dare you not be grateful for that?" because I could not close my hands they were so hard to move by the end- and everything else is nothing next to walking- and eating- and not having pain!
ANd I am so glad to not have coffee cups fly out of my grasp and smash on the ground!!!!!!!
Boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know there are people reading this who are barely making it through each day and who think about offing themselves- and I just want to tell you that I truly did NOT believe that I would ever ever get better. I had given up 5 months into Rocephin. But after 6 months on, every day I began to get better and better and better- and I stopped having seizures- and stopped having fibromyalgia- and stopped having fatigue- and chorea- and I began to STOP GETTING weaker-

But I understand the desire to escape- it is so draining to be monitoring ones physical body all the time- to be perceiving constantly THE BODY in all its mayhem and torment- the BODY in charge- dictating pain here and control loss here and weakness here- and where are you? Where did that person who laughed and enjoyed life go? Into the pain and the weakness and the fog of sickness...
But you are still here, and there is hope!!! I have seen people in wheelchairs walk again with Lyme treatment- more than one!!!!!!!!!

Honestly, the muscle strength took MONTHS to get even a tiny bit stronger, but I was so weak at the end I had to pull myself out of bed by using the dresser, and lurch from piece of furniture and wall to the bathtub- and then my husband would have to help me in because I was physically incapable of lifting my legs into the bath- and it would take me half an hour to cross the house while lurching and falling and stopping to rest after a few torturous steps because it was so SLOW and I was so weak- and THAT would exhaust me for an entire day-
visiting the doctor was a nightmare-
and finally even that was too much-
and NOW I can run- it took almost a year to be able to run again, getting my strength back was SO SO SLOW, it tooks MONTHS to be able to go up our driveway to get the mail, MONTHS of slow slow progress, shuffling here, shuffling and lurching there, so slow... and now I AM LIKE NORMAL and have been for YEARS- but I know what this means- to walk!!! to run!!! To be without pain!

Yes, it is success!!!

I could live in fear so easily- because certain things that happened with my body scare the heck of of me and can happend again at any time- but I just try to live in gratitude of the blessings I do have- because I know my future may not be as long or as healthy as I wish... so now is the time to enjoy my little daughters and my husband and my life!!!!!!!!!

I love not being in pain. I love not falling!!
I love not watching my left hand dance in chorea.
I love being able to walk, to run, to clench my hand easily- so easily- and I never knew before Lyme that these things could recede like water, how they could be taken so easily, so beyond our control- I remember the first time I slurred when I spoke and I sounded like I was drunk- after years of never even drinking!!!!!!!! And yet again my body had betrayed me, et tu my voice?
Even my voice- it took everything- but IV Rocephin gave evrything back!!! Things wihch I never dreamed I could get back!!! I just wanted no pain I didn't even believe I would be able to run again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK GOODNESS and THANK OUR LLMDs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very much a success
though not in remission,
Sarah

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I think I'm a success story, though I'm not 100%. I think a tiny bit of antigen remaining is enough to drive the immune response, once it has got started, and if you have the wrong genes, you might continue to have arthritic problems or other problems. Which is what happened to me.

I was finally diagnosed in '87 after 10 years of illness. I had ankylosing spondylitis, where the arthritis focuses on the spine/neck and gradually, painfully inflames and calcifies everything. Once I got treated for the Lyme which we believe triggered it, the process cooled off and slowed way down but did not entirely stop. I still have some joint "issues."

Thank god for my LLMD. Before I met him I thought I would die young. Three years into the treatment I could finally start planning my life ahead. I kept improving even after that. Now I put in a more than full day! I'm very busy and feel great even though in the past few years I had tendons in my fingers rupture and also a torn rotator cuff. So I do have musculoskeletal issues, but they don't slow me down too much.

Nowadays I love to sneeze. I remember when I couldn't sneeze, it hurt too much. I'm on maintenance doxycycline and as long as I am pretty faithful, I am fine. Luckily doxy is cheap and safe.

I feel like I am one of the lucky ones. I love my work and although my life took an unexpected turn, I have met the most wonderful people and my life is happy and very rich. I am glad that I now have the opportunity to help other people find help, and also to try to work for solutions that will help my children and grandchildren.
Phyllis

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Blessings to each of you who have contributed to this post with your wonderful stories of success!

And blessings also to those who are reading to gain a sense of hope...

Keep fighting, keep trying, keep being grateful for the little things in life.

That gratitude will see you through during the hardest of times...and will elevate your spirit even further when the pain has at last lessoned.

I thank you all,
Melanie

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I just realized I should add someone to the success list and that is Kelly B!! And her daughter. Kelly was bit on the head and was then sick for 9 years after tick bite.
She was really sick and was on tons of pain meds.
She went on IV Rocephin and after 2 years she was in full remission. Her daughter had been born with Lyme and Babs and she got well after a much shorter time of treatment. They have both been in full remission for over 5 years now and lead a busy, active life, travel a lot!!!!!!!!!!

There is also Rick R who was in treatment for about a year and a half and is in full remission and jogs miles a day.

And the majority of the people are like me, they are 99.9% and stay on abx, but decline if they go off. That seems to be common with Santa CRuz Lyme! But we have a bunch of people who have returned to work after disability and lead normal lives- like Patti and Lori and Kari!!!!!!!!!!!

It is a blesisng to watch people get better- as long as they stick with antibiotics and don't go chasing fad after fad they DO GET BETTER every time. Every single person who has come to our local group has gotten better if not 100% with longterm abx- the only one who didn't was this one guy who killed himself but he had not been in treatment very long and had given up hope because he was so bad-

what is really nice is when someone comes in with a cane or wheelchair- so far every person has lost those devices with treatment!!!!!!!! it is nice to watch someone stride vigorously who came in like that!!!! and we group members see the progress long before they do-

"Hey X you're finishing a whole sentence!!!"

and every one of us who has improved to the point of being able to live life with enjoyment again
is a success story in my book*)!!!

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I love success stories!! [woohoo]

have not been as sick as some, sicker than others.

needed to hear thoase stories. just want to FEEL better.

some of my symptoms are clearing, but i stil "just don't feel good"

i'm a leo and my personality was such. hopefully i'll be able to be that person again.

again thanks for the stories

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Kari Mayne

I contracted Lyme in February of 1988 - thirteen years ago. I was not diagnosed
with lyme until August 1999, after being sick for 11 years (and having a
stillborn child - lyme of course.) Before I was finally diagnosed with lyme I
exhibited all the classic ALS symptoms, and had lost an uncle to ALS. Thus -
the doctors thought they had an ALS diagnosis nailed down tight. Only through
my stubborness and refusal to accept the ALS dx did I research the internet and
find an llmd. My first visit, even without labs, the doc - God bless him - said
I had the worst case of lyme he had ever seen at that time. Subsequent lab
tests ELISA and Western Blot both positive.


The symptoms which are now COMPLETELY GONE are:
no more severe muscle cramps
no more fasciculations
no more numbness in face/tongue/forehead
I can swallow without difficulty now
no more slurring of speech
no more limping and severe weakness in legs
no more ringing of ears
no more confusion/memory loss/lyme fog/depression
no more debilitating fatigue
I can now pick up pennies off the floor - fine motor skills are back in hands
I can lift my eyebrows now
I don't choke on liquids
Bright light doesn't hurt my eyes anymore
Reynaud's syndrome is better
No more intense heel/bottom of foot pain
No more TMJ or tooth pain
No more running into walls, doors because of poor balance or legs "giving out
from under me"
I can drive without getting lost
No more hallucinations
I can count to 10
I can raise my arms to shampoo my hair
No more pain in joints or numbness in limbs


Of course, there's more symptoms...but you all know what they are. These were
just the ones that plagued me most. Everyone, of course, responds differently
to medication and recovers at different rates. But, I have no doubt that all of
you will get better over time. Probably the thing that helped me most is the
Bicillin shots. Behaviorally, plenty of REST and the determination that I would
not identify myself as a "sick" person kept my attitude positive and my spirits
up even when my body argued the opposite. I have lyme, lyme doesn't have me
kind of thinking.


I see a great spirit of helpfullness and positive thinking in these emails
which makes me want to respond. In various lyme chats and online discussion I
have sometimes encountered "poor me" kinds of attitudes. NOT IN THIS NEWSLETTER
- Renee and Sean you're awesome! I haven't really participated in any support
groups or discussions such as this in a while. Since I've gotten better, I
don't like to be reminded of my lyme nightmare (even though I am still taking
Bicillin shots twice weekly.) But you people are so sharp and caring I felt I
needed to tell you a good news story.
Bicillin shots have almost cured me. Been taking them a year now...99% of my
symptoms are gone. Lyme can be defeated! I started seeing improvement
(dramatic) in a couple of months after I started with the Bicillin shots. My
doctor was amazed. It's wierd, you sometimes don't notice that you're getting
better because THERE ARE SO MANY, MANY THINGS that are hurting or not working
right. Then, it will just come to you "Oh, I didn't slur my S's today" or "My
left hand doesn't feel as stiff and numb as it did." or "The sun didn't hurt my
eyes today." Sometimes it takes awhile to notice because to you the changes
seem small, but they all add up. The biggies for Mike - like getting out of bed
unassisted - take longer because there are more muscles/nerves/joints/etc.
involved in doing them. Each muscle/nerve/joint has to heal (and there are
many, many of them) before the motion gets easier. That's a lot of healing.
That's why you'll see the small changes first - such as ears stop ringing. Not
as much is involved. My response is that Mike is probably improving
dramatically, but it may not be in the areas that worry him most.


Regarding the Bicillin shots. Yes, you will find hard lumps at the injection
site. There's no way to avoid it. They will eventually get smaller - but not go
away. You see, it's scar tissue under there. Every time you get a shot, it
damages the tissue. These shots are powerful. You will experience times where
it's very difficult to insert the needle because you'll run into a lump of scar
tissue built up from continuous injections. It really hurts when this happens.
Yes, sometimes I have bicillin leaking back out of the injection site. It
doesn't worry me. It's usually because I got active too fast before my body
absorbed the Bicillin. Just slap a bandaid on their and wait a couple of
minutes before attempting to move.


I sympathize with dilemma re: childcare when you can't get out of bed. My doc
told me to put my 2 1/2 year old into daycare last May. This month - we took
him out because I am well!

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I was dx'd definite ALS 3/00 and tested positive for Lyme on ELISA and
Western Blot 2/01. On 4/18/01 I began an aggressive therapy for Lyme.
I started a six week course of IV Rocephin followed with oral Flagyl
500 mg tid and oral doxycycline 100 mg bid. My ALS symptoms started to
deminish at day four of IV Rocephin with spasticity, cramping and
virtigo disappearing. Within another three days clonus in ankles and
jaw became almost non-existant as well as speech problems and
swallowing difficulties. Prior to IV Rocephin the spasticity and
cramping kept me on my butt. My diaphragm would cramp violently if I
sneezed. I also fell a lot prior to IV and managed face plants most of
the time. I have not fallen once since abx. I alos changed the oil and
filter in my two cars and hand washed them.

During the six weeks of IV Rocephin my ALS symptoms were mostly gone.
I was left with the muscle wasting that had occurred since onset.
There has been no new wasting as far as I can tell. Being a smart-*** ,
I felt there was no need to combine oral flagyl and doxycycline, so I
laid off the doxy and started with only the flagyl. Within four days
of just oral flagyl my symptoms all returned, spasticity, cramping and
clonus. I started doxy and within 24 hours those symptoms started to
disappear.


It is now three months since the start of abx. I have no spasticity,
cramping or clonus. My reflexes fall within normal range, they had
become quite hyper. My FVC went from 68% prior to abx to 88% now. I
have minor foot-drop in the left ankle and the right has none. Prior
to abx I had AFO's for both feet as dorsaflexion was gone. My leg
strength is increasing as I am now able to walk two miles/day and
continue to shave time from the miles. I could not walk one mile prior
to abx.


Basically, what I am left with is a pure lower motoneuron syndrome
that has left me with atrophy. My left hand, arm, both shoulders, my
neck and left leg have significant loss of muscle. My right leg has
rebounded the best as it was not too affected. My right hand and arm
are affected but they are also rebounding nicely.


Take care
Dave Marr dwm...@laplaza.org

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Email: "Rita Stanley"
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ixode wrote in message <0291d15b.a7cc4...@usw-ex0102-012.remarq.com>...
>Does anybody know of anyone whose had lyme more than 2 years who has
>been cured with abx??


I have had Lyme and Babesiosis for many many years. AFter 6 years of orals
(using some creatively), Babesiosis treatment, some HBOT, and alternatives,I
am now in a remission that is over 2 years. I have a few symptoms that come
now and again, but I am a fully functional person and am doing better than I
did in my twenties in many areas.

I don't speak of cure at my stage of the game only remission. That means I
still have the diseases in me. I remain diligent about my health and
excercise programs - I work hard at maintaining this very good state of
health because I know it can come back.

> My old lyme doctor gave up treating late stage cases because he
>couldn't make them well. He was also catching flack from the powers
>that be because of administering abx beyond limit of CDC guidelines.

Yes, my doc was put out of the Lyme business back in 1995. From that I
learned how hard it is to work at getting your health and medicines for it.
Hard doesn't even describe it. At first you are so shell-shocked from losing
your doc and others who will not touch the disease because of that, that it
is an event that changes your life. Of course, that explains the main
reasons for my outspokenness.

>Since they weren't getting better, he stopped treating them to protect
>his license.

yes, it is getting worse.

>Everyone I've ever talked to whose been sick 2 yrs or more is still
>symptomatic, in many cases never recovering even if still on the drugs.

As a support person, I can tell you that many people do get better and lead
good lives again. But if the Lyme bug bit you hard, it is wise no matter how
well you seem, to remain diligent in the future for any relapses.

Rita

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I'm finally going to add my sucess story.
I got sick in 2002 and went undiagnosed for 9 months. Little did I know that AFTER i started treatment for what I thought I only had for 9 months, that "other symptoms" that i had for YEARS would disappear as well. I never linked them.

I had SEVERE headpain, head burning, neck pain, back pain, face pain, jaw pain, seizures, spurting nose bleeds, "jumpy" muscles, buzzing and twitching, SEVERE vertigo, SEVERE pain in my eyes, throwing up and at times neurogenic bladder. I couldn't think for the life of me ( the fog), would get ringing in my ears, my eye would twitch, you name it, I had it. Swollen glands, off and on sore throats, shoulder pain, etc.

At my very worst, right before I got diagnosed, I was having periods of temporary paralysis. I will never forget the day it first hit as I had no clue what was happening to me and thought for sure I was going to die.

I started my abx in April of 2003, I believe, if I am correct.

I did amoxycillin 3000 mg for six months.
Clindamycin and quinine for six months
rifampin for 3 months 600 mg a day
Biaxin and Mepron ( biaxin 1000 mg a day and mepron I literally had to take only 1/4 tsp as it made me VERY VERY suicidal and MEAN)
doxycyline for 3 months
Ceftin for 2
and then bicillin shots for over a year.
This in

addition to the diflucan, nystatin, vitamin b12 and host of probiotics and supplements that I took.
I also did artemisinin at a VERY low dose 100 mg per day for a while.

I did take a year break on abx due to leaky gut syndrome and treated that homeopathically.

In addition to the abx, I also did:
Sauna
Lemon water detox out the wazoo
Chiropractors
trigger point therapy
ART testing and followed all that I could on that
Lymphatic drainage
bentonite clay detox baths
"skin brushing"
emotional freedom tapping
Rife
Allergy desensitization
and much, much more.
Liver flush


I tested positive for:
Strep in the blood
Mycoplasma pneumonia
Lyme of course ( even CDC positive). The PA Health Department called me and basically begged me to "admit" I didn't get it HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA!
Bartonella PCR positive
Erlichia came up positive once
I was tested for a host of viruses and only came back as having EBV in the past


Throughout all of this, my immune system was tested only twice but registered "in top health" ba ha ha. But in any case, it was fighting big time.

To be quite honest, the things that helped me the MOST in this order is:

1.) The amoxicillin took away my brain fog in two weeks flat. Yes, it returned from time to time BUT never like it did previously, and it was my first abx.

2.) Leaky gut treatment homeopathically helped me VERY much. I had leaky gut so bad it gave me orthostatic hypotension. I did NOT have it previously at any point, but developed it due to all the abx in my system.

3.) These aren't in order- but ART testing and allergy desensitization turned my world and my HEALTH around. If I hadn't went that route ( and I was 2 and a half years into treatment), I doubt I would be well today.

4.) Liver flushes. ( this actually kick started me losing ALOT of weight. I was 155, now Im 128 and digging around looking for smaller jeans "pre lyme" in my closet).

5.) Bicillin. Bicillin did the trick at pushing me into remission.

6.) Diflucan- turned my life around as well.

THIS remission for ME: I don't really flare anymore but I still do get desparately ill around my period, for one to two days. I actually know it is coming because I will sweat under my underarms BAD , and soak through my clothes. NOTE:

PRE lyme treatment, I had this "hyperhydrosis" for 10 years STRAIGHT. Now, I have it once a month. So I KNOW its something that I did that helped it, so I have to keep chugging on.

I can pretty much eat what I want to , but my body does not tolerate pasta, soda/pop of any nature or tomatoes. Potatos also make me gravely ill. Food actually INDUCES brain fog.

I just graduated finally and fully two weeks ago from college. My last day there, a gift was given to me- I felt COMPLETELY normal and the orthostatic hypotension didn't kick in at ALL.

I still suffer from orthostatic hypotension, some sleep apnea, and period flares as I said. I STILL have some "neuro rage" left and my vision I believe is permanently screwed up thanks to lyme.

I have undergone NOTHING and I do mean NOTHING but stress this ENTIRE year, from getting engaged, to him cheating on me 17 days later, to my sister stealing money from me, to contemplating moving, etc. And I haven't relapsed. i also had a concussion in early june. I actually DID RELAPSE over that but bounced back in under a month.

Keep on going people, it will happen for ya. It took me 3, almost 4 years) and mind you a year off from abx, but Im still here.

In the end, it was the alternative/adjunct treatments that saved me. The abx were a necessary evil though. I wouldnt have made it without them.

But now I mainly sweep up their afteraffects.

Wishign you all happy holidays!

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I got a great report today. After years of being sick this is the best I have felt in a long time. I would say I am 90% better and I continue to keep improving.
I would just like to encourage everyone who is trying to overcome this horrible disease to hang in there, it does get better.
Six years ago I almost died, today I am planning on starting a family this summer. I am finally starting to laugh and enjoy life again. [woohoo]

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Lyme disease has been a part of my life for 12 years; spending many years camping and vacationing on Long Island, New York. As with many Lyme victims I have suffered not only with the typical Lyme symptoms but bizarre symptoms that are a direct result of spirochetes creating havoc in my body. I have been on oral antibiotics for over 18 months now, with little positive results or relief of symptoms. Just 4 weeks ago I tried a mangosteen product. At this point, I will try anything just to feel better. The first two weeks were horrific with herxing, the most severe thus far. Then after two weeks I started to feel better. I have been using this product for 4 weeks and it is unbelievable how fantastic I feel. You must know that I am aware that mangosteen may be simply helping with my symptoms and possibly not destroying spirochetes. I have been conducting a great deal of research trying to find the effects of xanthones and mangosteen on Lyme. One of the findings is that mangosteen has a very effective anti-inflammatory agent and I do believe that has had the greatest impact on the improvement of the pain in my body and the ability to walk with much improvement. Xanthone is a powerful, life-enhancing substance that is a natural antioxidant more powerful than many vitamins.
Xanthones have been the subject of intense research for several decades. They are found in a select number of rain forest plants, but nowhere are they found in more abundance than in the pericarp or rind, of the Mangosteen fruit (Garcinia Mangostana). Antioxidants function as a balance for free radicals in the body. Free radicals are potentially harmful, yet oftentimes natural substances in your body that, when left free reign, build up and cause diseases like cancer, heart disease, and more.
The xanthones function to travel through your body, literally mopping up the free radicals on their way, leaving your body cleaner and healthier than before.
Some of the most important xanthones found in mangosteen include:
Alpha-mangostin
Beta-mangostin
Gamma-mangostin
Garcinone
Garcinone A
Garcinone C
Garcinone D
Mangostanol
Gartanin
These, among other xanthones, have been touted by independent researchers to have properties to include anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-allergic, anti-tumor, and anti-platelet, to name just a few. It also has been found to be anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. This could lead one to believe that there might be a possibility that mangosteen can be effective in eliminating spirochetes. All I know is that I am substantially better after just 4 weeks on mangosteen. If you want more information or just to talk, you can email me.
Dr. Gwen Larson Morris
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Originally posted by Lou B:
Hi LymeNet Users, [hi]

One of our users, Nimzovich76, suggested I create an updated / featured (sticky) Topic containing Success Stories.
Great idea ... implemented here!

There is a series of Success Stories, compiled from January 2004 through August 2005, that are on the LymeNet Flash but can not be replied / appended because they are in the "old" LymeNet Flash UBB data base. Those stories are here:
http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/022173.html

In order to post current Success Stories, please "reply" to this current Topic because, as I stated, you will not be able to reply to the above linked Topic ... it's just there for historical reference so you all can read the older Success Stories.

I'll start by posting the link to my daughter's story:
http://www.angelfire.com/nj/lorib/

As Melanie Reber originally stated:
"Many come to LymeNet desperate for answers and looking for some glimmer of hope...

Thank you to each of the contributors...

Your words of inspiration are more valuable than you could ever know.

Please feel free to add your own stories, so that we all may hold on to hope through our own journeys."


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hey all. i used to post here up until maybe four years ago. i'm feelin better since then. since there's new people and whatnot, i thought i'd recount a few things that happened with my experience with the whole deal, and what i've been up to in college.

got diagnosed in 1998 - i'd just turned 15 (i'm 23 now.) missed 2 years of high school from it, 3 months rocephin, 3 months claforan, 3 months doxy did nothing. ended up being cured with a fourth treatment (7 months.) i was still pretty frazzled for a few years after that. got back into high school, 17 years old tryin to pick up where i left off...eh. not fun at the time.

ended up spending 6 years in high school...now i'm symptom free and in control of my life.

buy now and we'll include the following perks of a healthy life:
regained walking ability
regained speaking ability (including moderate to fabulous social skills!)
regained reading ability
palpitation-free heart
ability to feed myself
ability to swallow liquids
nightmare-free sleep
obsessive compulsive disorder gone
regained ability to relate to family
lack of violent outbursts

after all is said and done, i consider myself a patient person. to be honest, i don't think about it much these days. i went to the university of pittsburgh - actually i'm here now, in my apartment typing this. it's kinda ridiculous how much has come my way ... i have trouble believing how big it really is. people tell me i'm the most mild mannered person ever, and stuff like that. (i don't know if i'd always agree on that one, but you know.)

i read a lot, ride my bike all through winters in pittsburgh, and i've gotten into refinishing furniture. pick up the guitar once in a while. i help my friends move cuz i have a station wagon (AVAST YE!)...hmm, what else? oh i've gotten back into acting again, here and there. i don't go out of my way for that though. spent some time (a summer) at uc berkeley. saw the white stripes there, the saturday after my classes ended. it was hott. i love renaissance playwrights. i furnished my entire living room for free, which includes a 27 inch telly and a futon.

in the last three and a half years since coming to college, i've been quiet about when i was sick - i needed some time under the radar. but now i'm beginning to feel like opening up to more people. i feel like i could do a lot, i'm not sure what, but why not give it a go? anyone know anything about activism in western PA / pittsburgh?

things are crisp.

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"It comes as no surprise, just leave the light on."

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dan, thanks for coming back to post your SUCCESS story.

i've sent you my newbie links/advise with 1st page showing the 2 LYME PETITIONS going on!! [Wink]

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On a recent two week meditation retreat, which is the 8th one I have been on since sick over the last four years, I think I got to a new level of recovery.

After three days of silence and meditation, my pain level went from @ 8 (1-10 scale) to a 2-3. I titrated off morphine with no withdrawl, and was able to hike and do yoga for the first time in four years.

For those of you who don't know me, at this time last year I was bedridden, using wheelchairs to get around if it was more than a block, was very neurocognitive (could not read a sentence and make sense out of it), neuropsychiatric (having weird panic attacks and atypical depressions), and shaking like a person with advanced parkinson's.

This is the fourth "phase" I have noticed in 20 months tx.

The first was worsening due to ketek and ceftin. The next was improvement after 1 year abx orals and mepron (which just about killed my GI tract). The third was IV rocephin -- cleared the neuro cog and neuropsych stuff away almost completely. And the fourth has been ozone therapy, bee sting therapy, and the cumulative effect of mindfulness meditation and lovingkindness meditation.

I am able to work part time, take each day slowly, and can see that I might get up to 80% of my functioning back.

So if anyone is interested, my protocol looks a lot like Dr. Klinghardt's, much of which is posted on Better Health Guy, Scott's site.

A summary is:
Antibiotics - orals
Getting mercury out of fillings
Change of diet -- see Burrascano, plus significantly less meat and sugar
Chlorella (for binding biotoxins for elimination from system)
Mepron (treating babesia)
Colonics (for detox from biotoxins)
IV Rocephin with biaxin
Ozone therapy (ozone mixed with blood and reinjected)
Bee sting therapy (currently up to 9 stings 3 times a week)
Mindfulness, meditation retreats
Ardent wish to get well
Support of family and friends
No Work for two years


So, again, I had / have a severe case. Not as bad as some of our ALS, neuro mimicking lyme friends, but still really bad.

The next step I think is to continue the tx noted above, and to add more easy yoga, walking, and seeing what my doctors think.

It looks like I have hypothyroidism. Apparently it is common in lyme. All I know is my temperature is 3 degrees too low, in the 95's, in the am and pm, and normal in middle of day. I thought my morning and night time fatigue were due still to brain swelling, but now I think it might be due to thyroid problems. We will see.

My daughter is not doing so well, but she is really only into @ 5 months of regular abx treatment, and does not regularly do the other self care things, particularly the simple one -- chlorella. We pray for her.

Just sharing a very dramatic and positive turn. Ifigure I have another couple of years to go. I wonder what I am going to do about cyst busters -- flagyl and tindi have been almost impossible to tolerate. I want to seriously try grapefruit seed extract.

Hooray. Maybe better health is possible!

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I got lyme in June 2005. EM rash two weeks later, 2 weeks 100mg doxy/ day, rash gone.

By October 05, I was so sick, with neuro and arthric symptoms. I found lymenet then and my story is all here.

I got night sweats, light sensitivity, total exhaustion, hard neck, night terrors, tinnitus, heart problems, air hunger (extreme sometimes), pains on all big articulations (including vertebral column), pain on my liver, diarrhea, extreme chills, high temperature 'attacks' (when I had to lay down), scalp swelling, stabbing pains on the head, total brain fog etc etc.

I found no doctor to treat me initially. I took 10 days of amoxy 1,500mg day and most of my symptoms disappeared sometime in October 05. Just to return a few days later.

I live in Switzerland. The so-called lyme specialist from Zurich did nothing to me, despite 3 positive western blots.

In December 05, I begged the 'family' doctor for Riamet (anti malarial). 4 months of night sweats vanished in 2 days by Christmas time. In January 06, I got babesia symptoms coming back (a bit changed though).

I started with salt/C in October/November 05, then added Buhner's herbs in December 05, slowly.

In Jan-Feb 06, I dropped salt/ C due to high blood pressure. I continued on Buhner's herbs only, but couldn't really ramp up.

In February and March 06, I was spending most time in doctors, hospitals and emergencies. No hope, no diagnosis. I went to Belgium too to try to get help. None.

In April, I found two ART practioners (following Dr.K's line of treatment, recommended by Gigi a lymenet member who cured herself with this method). It was great help. One was a doctor, the other a naturopath. Since then I was treated with homeopathy, the microcurrent (KMT 24) plus Buhner's herbs. I also took out my amalgams and started a metal detox program.

Slowly, but steady, I improved, with ups and downs, but the general curve going upward. By December 06, I had lots of energy, I could drink wine, could stay up late nights without much fatigue.

The naturopath treated my scar (from cesarean), taught me to do MFT tapping after herb intake, treated intestinal parasites and brain parasites twice in 2006, and helped immensely with metal detox and detoxing in general.

I also did some lymph drainage massage and it also worked well for relief.

I guess the tick pathogens I had were 'only' borrelia, babesia and bartonella.

Bartonella symptoms appeared more clearly only in the end of 2006 (without reinfection that I know).

In March 07, I found a part time job, that's where I am. I don't feel cured, I'm still on maintenance protocol (knotweed tea 3x day, cats claw very low doses) but that's all (immunomodulators). I recently added eleuthero extract, and I have been taking a variety of bee/ hive products.

I'm still treating an ancient fungal infection (skin), pre-lyme, but even that seems to be finally going. I did Rizols, now I'm on Pau d'arco tincture and frozen garlic again for that.

I feel almost normal, energetic, but still keep my diet (organic when possible, no wheat, practically no sugar, no milk derivates) and a few cleansing supplements (chlorella, magnesium, zeolite, some minerals, enzymes) plus the 2 Buhner's herbs above (just in case).

I'll keep these 2 Buhner's herbs until next winter, I guess. Probably add some astragalus during high tick season in case of reinfection.

I still have chills sometimes (I don't know if this is lyme or bartonela or funghi), but that's about all.

My whole story is scattered in lymenet's archives, protocol included. I'm now an active member of the Yahoo Buhner's forum.

I still would like to treat my jaw problems, root canals, but didn't do it for financial reasons.

So my path of healing was:

- Buhner's herbs (since December 05 until now March 07), in low doses, level 1 mostly. Andro being my magic herb for 13 months.

- lots of cleansing. Continuous and changing supplements/ herbs (except for the constant chlorella, milk thistle, enzymes, minerals).

- homeopathic support (following ART, to suppor each organ in stress like brain, lymph system, liver, intestines etc. I felt it helped a lot!!!); I did it since April 06 until a week ago, always through ART tests.

- amalgam removal and cleasing metals following ART and an experienced naturopath from Germany. The products she used were Phospholipid Exchange, NDF-Plus, Bear garlic, chlorella. I used cilantro tincture sometimes by myself or to rub.

- eating habits have changed as I eliminated wheat and all milk derivates (tested allergic through ART).

- ART tested for me Buhner's herbs amounts and many other things (it could 'see' if my body was toxic, where was the problem, where were the pathogens, which pathogens, etc).

- KMT 24 sessions. ART measured, sometimes. Other times, by 'intuition'. I used it not every day, not every week, it depended on what I was treated. Extremely useful for Gastro-intestinal parasites and brain parasites, in my opinion.

- tapping always after herb intake (to help heb absorption), and my naturopath treated some pshychological blockages with tapping too.

- Babesia: Riamet, Pc-Noni, KMT were my treatments. Symptoms vanished very fast.

- Borrelia: innumerous things. Mainly Buhner's hebs, but I also used Teasel tincture and some Chinese herbs as tea.

- Bartonella: so far, Rizols, KMT, Japanese Knotweed. I don't know if it's gone though...

I hope this info could be helpful.
Selma

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Thanks,

I've got a new definition for your name:
c.a.v.e = can actually verbalize (quite) eloquently (at times)

May your good days completely overrun those other days until you can't even remember what a bad day was like!

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When I lost my grip on Faith in the maze of illness,
Hope gently clasped my hand and led on.

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cave, thanks for sharing your success story with us all! [group hug] [kiss]
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Thank you Matthew!

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posted 13 June, 2007 09:58 PM

I stopped coming around here about 4 years ago when I finished my last course of antibiotics.

But at that time I made a committment to myself and this community to stop back in at least once a year, simply to say YOU CAN BEAT LYME!

When I first starting suspecting Lyme in September of 2002, it seemed to me from reading all the posts here that I would never get rid of it.

Everybody said "those who are cured go on with their lives and don't post anymore."

I didn't believe that because I searched high and low for months and couldn't find even ONE person who was cured.

Since that time I have come into contact with DOZENS of people who are symptom free and have gone on with their lives.

It can be done! In December of 2005 I bought 7 acres of woods in the Ozarks and started building my own house. Last winter I cut down almost an acre of trees and stacked up over 10 cords of firewood. For anyone who knows how much work that is you know that if I still had Lyme that would have been impossible.

Matt

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Your name sounds familiar Matthew. Thank you for the update. It puts a smile on my face to hear that you have purchased land, are building a house and chopping wood. [Smile]
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Wow Cave. Just read your report. Yahoo! This is good.
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the below is NOT a lyme story, but an INSPIRATIONAL one I got on the email that is true! the photos will not show up, but his personal story is below.

we all complain about this and that, how would you like to "walk" in his shoes born with NO ARMS/HANDS NOR ANY LEGS/FEET!

Now we each can count our blessings for what WE DO HAVE LEFT THAT WORKS! I do anyway! Thank you God! [group hug] [kiss] [group hug]

*********************


This young man is truly God's Blessing!
When we think we have got it bad or life has treated us so unfairly ("Why Me")...

I hope Oprah does get him on her show...he could then touch millions of lives
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My name is Nick Vujicic and I give God the Glory for how He has used my testimony
to touch thousands of hearts around the world!

I was born without limbs and doctors have no medical explanation for this birth "defect".
As you can imagine, I was faced with many challenges and obstacles.


"Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds."


...To count our hurt, pain and struggle as nothing but pure joy? As my parents were Christians, and my Dad even a Pastor of our church, they knew that verse very well.
However, on the morning of the 4th of December 1982 in Melbourne ( Australia ), the last
two words on the minds of my parents was "Praise God!".

Their firstborn son had been born without limbs!
There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. The doctors we shocked and had no answers at all! There is still no medical reason why this had happened and Nick now has a Brother and Sister who were born just like any other baby.


The whole church mourned over my birth and my parents were absolutely devastated.
Everyone asked, "if God is a God of Love, then why would God let something this bad
happen to not just anyone, but dedicated Christians?"

My Dad thought I wouldn't survive for very long,
but tests proved that I was a healthy baby boy just with a few limbs missing.


Understandably, my parents had strong concern and evident fears of what kind of life I'd be able to lead. God provided them strength, wisdom and courage through those early years and soon after that I was old enough to go to school.


The law in Australia didn't allow me to be integrated into a main-stream school because of my physical disability.

God did miracles and gave my Mom the strength to fight for the law to be changed.

I was one of the first disabled students to be integrated into a main-stream school.

I liked going to school, and just try to live life like everyone else, but it was in my early years of school where I encountered uncomfortable times of feeling rejected, weird and bullied because of my physical difference.


It was very hard for me to get used to, but with the support of my parents, I started to develop attitudes and values which helped me overcome these challenging times.

I knew that I was different but on the inside I was just like everyone else. There were many times when I felt so low that I wouldn't go to school just so I didn't have to face all the negative attention.

I was encouraged by my parents to ignore them and to try start making friends by just talking with some kids.

Soon the students realized that I was just like them, and starting there God kept on blessing me with new friends.

There were times when I felt depressed and angry because I couldn't change the way I was, or blame anyone for that matter.

I went to Sunday School and learnt that God loves us all and that He cares for you. I understood that love to a point as a child, but I didn't understand that if God loved me why did He make me like this? Is it because I did something wrong?

I thought I must have because out of all the kids at school, I'm the only weird one. I felt
like I was a burden to those around me and the sooner I go, the better it'd be for everyone.
I wanted to end my pain and end my life at a young age, but I am thankful once again, for my parents and family who were always there to comfort me and give me strength.

Due to my emotional struggles I had experienced with bullying, self esteem and loneliness, God has implanted a passion of sharing my story and experiences to help others cope with whatever challenge they have in their life and let God turn it into a blessing.

To encourage and inspire others to live to their fullest potential and not let anything get in
the way of accomplishing their hopes and dreams.

One of the first lessons that I have learnt was not to take things for granted .


"And we know that in all things God works for the best for those who love Him."

That verse spoke to my heart and convicted me to the point where that I know that there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence that these "bad" things happen in our life.


I had complete peace knowing that God won't let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all.

I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of fifteen after reading John 9.

Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind
was "so that the works of God may be revealed through Him. "

I truly believed that God would heal me so I could be a great testimony of His Awesome Power.

Later on I was given the wisdom to understand that if we pray for something, if it's God's will, it'll happen in His time. If it's not God's will for it to happen, then I know that He has something better. I now see that Glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can't be used.


I am now 23 years old and have completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Planning and Accounting.

I am also a motivational speaker and love to go out and share my story and testimony wherever opportunities become available.

I have developed talks to relate to and encourage students through topics that challenge today's teenagers. I am also a speaker in the corporate sector.

I have a passion for reaching out to youth and keep myself available for whatever God wants me to do, and wherever He leads, I follow.

I have many dreams and goals that I have set to achieve in my life.

I want to become the best witness I can be of God's Love and Hope, to become an international inspirational speaker and be used as a vessel in both Christian and non-Christian venues.

I want to become financially independent by the age of 25, through real estate investments, to modify a car for me to drive and to be interviewed and share my story on the " Oprah Winfrey Show "!

Writing several best-selling books has been one of my dreams and I hope to finish writing my first by the end of the year.

It will be called "No Arms, No Legs, No Worries !"


I believe that if you have the desire and passion to do something, and if it's God's will, you will achieve it in good time.

As humans, we continually put limits on ourselves for no reason at all! What's worse is putting limits on God who can do all things.

We put God in a "box". The awesome thing about the Power of God, is that if we want to do something for God, instead of focusing on our capability, concentrate on our availability for we know that it is God through us and we can't do anything without Him. Once we make ourselves available for God's work, guess whose capabilities we rely on? God's !

May the Lord Bless you
In Christ,
Nick Vujicic

from bettyg; i hope this touched you as much as it did me! i've walked away a better person for having read and posted this here for us all as a SUCCESS story of many adveristies!! [Wink]

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OFF TOPIC, not lyme related!

http://www.kcci.com/health/13786525/detail.html

Boy Attends First Prosthetic Fitting
Second Arm not here yet!

POSTED: 5:53 am CDT July 31, 2007
UPDATED: 10:21 am CDT July 31, 2007

Des Moines, Iowa

there is a video and the story can be read at the link above.

Hubby/I have been following this story closely; he's a real sweetheart. Reminds us of MATTY STEPHANEK; one of jerry Lewis' kids! Enjoy
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It reminds me to count my lucky stars I can still do as much as I can after watching the many obstacles he has had to overcome! [group hug] [kiss]

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Thanks for all of your postings.

It lets me know that I am not alone. I could deal with the joint pain and medication side effects, along with the limits that pain placed on my activities.

But recently when the pain started keeping me awake at night, the fatigue and anxiety made me feel so irritable and depressed I started to feel like I was losing it emotionally. I began to wonder if I had been misdiagnosed and wasn't being treated for the actual problem. I began wondering if I would ever feel like my old self again.

Not knowing how long this will go on is really scary. After trusting traditional medicine for so long, it is unnerving to delve into the less traditional treatments.

Do the rest of you feel overwhelmed by anxiety sometimes? What do you do to cope? I used to raise my spirits with exercise, but can't really push that now for fear of pain consequences. I would really appreciate any advice.

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I just wanted to post this for all of those out there who are suffering and see no llight at the end of the tunnel.

I won't go into my whole 8 year stroy of infection lets just say I have STRUGGLED immensley over the last 8 years.

For the last year i have been treated by an llmd in scottsdale (lucky to have found him).

Diagnosed with babesiosis.

Blood smear babs and white matter in brain extremely prevelent.

Took doxy for 6 months, started to feel better after 4 annd relapsed hard after 6.

Put on mepron and zithh twice daily after relapse. was hell for first 2 months. lost a lot of hope.

Started to feel sporadically better after 3 months and more consistently better after 4 and 5 and now im at 6 months and i dont really think about it to much at all.

Went to doc today and my smear was DRASTICALLY reduced. He is using my case for babs diag in his power point presentation to state and federal levels. Have another 6 months to go and my hopes are high!!

If i see the same level of improvment in the next 6 as this 6 I'm home free.

There is hope people even when it seems immposiblly difficult! Stick with it and you'll be rewarded.

Much Love,
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Not sure what the heck I'm doing. So hope this goes through the right way!

I have had lyme many, many years! Don't know for sure if it goes back to childhood, but had lots of sickness as a kid, daydreamed constantly in school.

I started with neuro symptoms first, five years ago.
I've been to four neuros within the five years.
I had leisions on mri and also spect scan showed decrease in blood flow.

I have done i.v.. and orals. When I first went on tetracycline, I kept getting sick.
I wrote my llmd, he said it's a herx.
Kept getting worse, my p.c.p. said it was the flu. Finally after a week I drove myself to the doctors, and they ambulanced me out of her office.

I was very dehydrated, and was having lots of pain! They shot me up with morphine, but things got worse, and worse!

It was a gallstone that was blocking the pancreatic duct! I was 3 weeks, 2days in that hospital! Was fed by tubes, had blood, and was given insulin!

Now please don't think the antibiotics caused all of this. I had problems before with my gallbladder, and many of my family members who are not on anibiotics also had there's out! Just possibly the icing on the cake!

I am now taking 3 biaxin with plaquenil.
I am also on a new sleeping pill which is probably helping my immune system to fight.

I felt good enough to regrout my kitchen tile counters, and I'm going to start painting my kitchen walls!

Never followed any diets, never had yeast, but suffered yeast way before antibiotics, and twins were born with it also.

I am writing a book here, so if you want any other questions answered, I'll try to keep it short!
Thanks all you wonderful people who have kept me sane. I even asked to be put away in an asylum, but they said they've seen nut cases in there lives, but I wasn't one of them! So again, it has been all of you that has kept me fighting.
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Hi There!

I don't know where the link is either, but perhaps my story will give you some hope...

9 years ago I came down with a mystery ailment... BONE CRUSHING tiredness, dizziness, chronic runs, hair falling out, sleep problems.... I thought I was dying.

I went from Dr. to Dr. and the diagnosis they gave me - Epstein Barr Virus - that I had mono, that I would by symptomatic for a long time. That I would tire easily for the rest of my life. 2 years later, I felt better, but indeed always tired very easily, had tempter tantrums, and tinnitus. I was very prone to sinus infections, and would get U.T.I.'s every 6 months like clockwork.

Fast forward 8 years later, to last July. Lots of stress going on in my life, some kinda teeny lump on the inside of my ear that hurt like hell, then found the teeniest tick I ever saw in my bed.

Followed by vertigo, fever, sinus infection, runs, and neck pain. Diagnosis - sinus infection (yeah right). 4 weeks later a big circle appeared on my arm. Then the muscle spazms in my neck and head kicked in, followed by migraines, panic attacks, brain fog, then sciatic pain, leg swelling, heart palpitations, eye swelling (I looked like I had been punched in the eye)...

8 months and 12 specialists later, I finally went to an LLMD in March. She started treatment immediately for Lyme and Bartonella. She also suspected I had parasites, as I had by this time lost 50 lbs. She also said my 'Epstein Barr' incident was probably my first infection with Lyme.

So here I am now almost 5 months into treatment. I sleep through the night (although I still take Flexeril at bedtime) , have almost no muscular pain, the floaters and spots are almost gone, my blood pressure hasn't been this good in

years, my head is clear, my stomach is great and my sinuses are great (and I have a bigtime Mold allergy according to allergist). We're still working on the

tinnitus/dizziness - I hope the damage isn't permanent. I go to work every day, I can go out to dinner and big open spaces don't freak me out anymore. My LLMD has weaned me down to half doses on my antibiotics. I think a lot of my remaining issues are yeast and heavy metals related.

Am I cured? No. But am I better - WAYYYYY BETTER (80%). In 5 months, that's terrific considering how long I went untreated. Did I ever think I would even make it this far?? Not on your life.

I have tried a few things to help heal myself that others may or may not think conventional, but I know they really helped me. Your email is not listed, but mine is, so please feel free to email me privately.

I hope in some little way my story has helped you feel that there is a little light at the end of the tunnel. Because, really, THIS TOO SHALL PASS...

Healthy thoughts to you.

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UPDATE::

Posted 12 November, 2007 06:08 PM lymeinhell Been so busy I forgot to celebrate the day - Nov. 10th was my 3 year anniversary off antibiotics!! [woohoo]

I continue to eat right, GET MY SLEEP, exercise and detox.

When I look back to a year ago, I say I'm a little more 'normal' and really don't have any lyme moments. I even survived a cold without any lyme symptoms kicking up.

I still take TOA Free Cat's claw, Flexeril, a beta blocker to keep my pulse in the normal zone(2 tries to get me off have not gone well), and periodic treatment with Diflucan. I continue on my vitamin regimen and Theralac and biweekly IM shots of magnesium. I use the podi patches about 5 days each month.

Just wanted others to know that it can be done - people do get well and even stick around here (just maybe don't stick our 2 cents in often enough).

Wishing the same good health to all. [Big Grin]

Here's the link to my past celebrations:
http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=049168

Ok, so maybe this should be in General...

But it's 2 years without antibiotics for me today!!!! And I feel fantastic - better than ever!

I still take toa free Cat's Claw for maintenance, tons of vitamins and minerals, Theralac (a miracle worker) and Flexeril at bedtime. Wish I could get off of it but still not able to.

I continue to give myself IM Magnesium shots, although weaning down to every 10 days now (from weekly). My magnesium levels are in the lower end of normal range (from scary low levels). Recent hormone testing has shown significant increase in my Progesterone levels, so I guess the balancing act is beginning to work.

I use the Podi Patches one week a month, although not much comes out of them any more and they're very light in color - another good sign..

Haven't had my CD57 rechecked because.... well because the last test a year ago got me very bummed despite my good health (I was a 1/19 absolute)..

Not bragging here - just looking to share some good news and let the newer people know there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=038928

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posted 28 March, 2005 11:20 PM

Evan White was a patient of Dr.Burrascano.

a nuerologist at Columbia told me he is now in or just graduated from law school.

Evan White took YEARS of treatment and therapy to get to 100%

I think this essay was written in 1996 or 1997.

"Severe neurologic Lyme is reversible"
by Ruchana White (Evan's mom)

Evan White, bright, active and fun-loving, became so ill he could not walk, talk, read or write. He barely functioned for three and a half years. Evan spent three years in the hospital. He did not attend school for four years, missing 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades.


At 12 years old he was nearly neurologically dead and atrophied from head to toe. Wearing neck, body and leg braces to hold himself in a sitting position, Evan was tied to a wheelchair. Unable to sleep from terrible head pain, in fetal position, he screamed in agony most of the
day.

His great sensitivity to sound meant that he had to stay in very quite places with earplugs and earphones in and on his ears. Sometimes able to watch television with no sound, he learned to read lips and eventually developed his own sign language, which was so clever and
universal everyone could understand him.

Evan refused to learn official sign language because he knew he would get well. This limited communication brought Evan back into a learning mode.

In August of 1993 Evan and I (his mother) testified for the United States Senate Hearings on Lyme Disease chaired by Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Evan forced himself to go to Washington. With terrible head pain, in a wheelchair, with his tremendous noise sensitivity, Evan braved the noise of an airplane trip because he had a goal.

His goal was to tell the government how he and other children lived in PAIN and no one listened to their cries! They were losing their precious childhood years.

Evan, pushing me away to speak on his own, uttered his first broken words in three years at the hearings:

"Everyone must know so everyone can help. We need help now!"

The senators had tears in their eyes while he tried to express his feelings int he Senate Hearing Room.

Highlights of the hearing were televised and printed all over the world. Evan received a wonderful letter from Senator Kennedy, expressing his thanks and promising help.

Evan was so hopeful! He waited and waited. People from all over the United States called to ask if the government had followed up to find a cure. We had no answer! We are still waiting for a direction and cure for chronic Lyme
disease.

When we arrived home in New York from the Senate Hearings, Evan stood up, trying to hold on to a walker. As he struggled to stand, he fell, breaking both of his hips because of osteoporosis.

This can happen to children who have not been mobile for a long time. After all the crises and horrors we had lived through these past years; the hospitalizations, the immobility, the digestive problems, the speech problems, the pain; I feared the worst.

When Evan passed out and was lying unconscious on the floor, my heart went to my throat as I called 911. I thought we had really lost him.

Evan's strong will to recover and live a normal life prevailed. He had surgery on both hips and started to improve again. He knew what life could be and wanted his life back again! He had incredible inner
strength.

In December of 1993, after being off antibiotics for a year and a half, Evan went on Bicillin shots. As time went on his speech returned and got better and better. However he still had head pain. Our home had become the home of a handicapped child. We had a ramp, aChairglide, special bathroom facilities.

We couldn't run water, vacuum, use the dishwater or listen to television of music. We have two other active children, but our home was a quiet zone. The White house ain't what it used to be!

In March of 1994 Evan received a wish from he Children's Wish Foundation. His wish was to meet basketball player Shaquille O'Neill.

With all of his head pain and sound sensitivity, Evan, his dad, sister Nicole in her second year of medical school-first in her class (we are proud), and brother Daniel, captain of the Skidmore College ice hockey team and first in goal scoring in the United States- Division Three (we are proud) and Mom went to Orlando.

In the Orlando Magic locker room Evan hid his wheelchair and propped himself up against the wall, holding a tripod cane. He did not want Shaquille to see him in a wheelchair. Shaquille came out around the corner (the hugest, biggest, smiling man) saying, "Evan, my man, how are you?"

We all spoke for a while as the photographers took pictures of Evan and Shaq and us. This exciting moment was a great help to Evan and another step toward his
recovery.

We were guests of the Orlando Magic's in theitr Sky Box for the game. Unfortunately Evan had to sit in the hall and outside on the patio, because the noise was so loud and his head was killing him. But he persevered!

As part of the wish the family had a week at Disney
World. We took Evan into the park but had to leave immediately, he was so ill. The good part of the trip was that each step and experience Evan took gave him hope.

As my husband, Ken, (the man behind the mother and child) says, "Senator Kennedy helped Evan to talk and
Shaquille O'Neill helped Evan to walk." If you don't have goals, no matter how ill you are, you will never get anywhere!

Empower yourself! Evan tells us now that when he was at his very worst, not able to move a muscle or utter a word, in severe pain, he had a goal. He would move one toe at a time, then one finger.

When he was losing his speech and his body and his mind were dying on him, Evan would say, "Help me! Please believe me!" At that point there were doctors and nurses who did not believe him and he could feel it! So sad that aside from having to deal with being so sick, the
caretakers that he depended on didn't believe him.

Evan knew he had to help himself, by himself. His body was failing him because of the disease and he knew it. It was not psychosomatic! He was not malingering! He wanted to be on his travel soccer team, play lacrosse, ski, and of course flirt with the girls he always loved.

Humor has been one of Evan's greatest assets. He would raise his middle finger at various individuals he did not trust and smile in an innocent way. This was his only release from the frustration of dealing with adults who didn't understand or trust him.

My husband noticed and picked up on this. Evan's dad now utilized humor as an integral part of the therapy for his child. We had different roles: education and interaction with the Lyme disease community was mine, his was humor therapy.

We saw signs of awareness in Evan now. His dad
would bring Evan posters of the Sports Illustrated bathing suit models with my head on them, or basketball players with family members' heads, funny videos, waterguns, etc.

Another child with Lyme disease, curled up in a ball and screaming in pain, was admitted to the hospital. This very serious children's hospital was surprised by he jello-fight therapy, water guns and sexy posters. Humor therapy is the only way to go when thing else works. It brings positive reactions and hope! We teach never give up no
matter what.

During the worst times of Lyme disease Evan's therapies included what ever worked- acupuncture (by a great blind doctor, who had a real insight), massage, biofeedback, physical, occupational and speech therapy, psychiatry, and antibiotic therapy. There was bad doctoring
at first and then some real good doctoring.

As the Bicillin therapy continued into the spring of 1994, Evan started to identify pictures. Newspaper headlines were popping out at him and he knew what they meant. He still could not read and did not know the alphabet or numbers. He did not even know the letters of his
name. Neurologically he tested very poorly. By May he started to walk and read and his speech became better.

Evan was out of school for four years and unable to obtain a formal education program (I.E.P.) tailored to his needs, and was classified in his school district. He planned on
going to high school in the fall after a three and a half year stay in the hospital.

That same month Evan left Helen Hayes Hospital. He was able to be tutored at home in mathematics, English, history and science in June and July. In August, Evan was given a three-hour high school math exam. He scored 93%. How is this possible after four years of no education?

School began in September. Evan struggled through every day. He signed up for a full load of five courses: biology, 10th grade English, math, history and Spanish. In pain, using his acting skills, he faked the way he felt in front of his friends.

Limping to his classes, coming in late some mornings and being absent on sick days needed to be explained over and over to educators who had difficulty understanding his situation in a compassionate way.

A child who could easily have gotten A's with no home tutoring needed to attend a real school atmosphere to reach his own goals. Evan's goal was to have a normal,
fun, thriving life like other children was constantly challenged by the outside world. A doctor friend once told me that the healthy never believe the sick!

Evan was certainly determined! A year before this he weighed 80 pounds and could not eat. Now he set up an exercise program of body building for himself: 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups a day plus weight lifting. Evan came home each day exhausted and in pain, but forced
himself to work through his exercise program.

In December of 1995 Evan took himself off antibiotics. One year had passed and he had progressively gotten better and was functioning on a higher and more normal level.

In March we were invited to speak to the Lyme Disease Group in Vail, Colorado. This proved to be another important step for Evan. Not only could he speak to others and help them, he remembered his skiing
skills, physically and mentally.

In Beaver Creek he met an older man who was a Green Beret and skied down closed trails and jumps with him.
Amazing, from a child who could not walk the year before and had pins in his hips! At night he would go to the Vail hangouts and meet other teenagers from other parts of the country.

We had thought we would never see the day! So social, so strong, inside and out, and very handsome (we are very proud!!).

In April of 1995 Evan was in a car accident. Sitting in the back seat, he was struck with the front seat, which broke his femur in half. A rod was put into his bone, from his hip to his knee. Here we go again! He was the only one hurt in the car accident, but he was comforting and helping the other shocked boys.

As he said, "What are broken bones and pain when you have Lyme disease?" (Nothing of course.). Rehabilitation
and crutches again!

At the end of the school year Evan asked if he could go away somewhere where no one knew him or his illness. He found a college program at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Taking an S.A.T. review course and getting the leads in his acting course, Evan became his own person! He was winning dance contests at the clubs and meeting
students from all over the country. This outgoing social human being needed more in life after missing so many years.

With zest and enthusiasm Evan called us and pleaded to go to prep school in the fall. He wanted to really learn and be challenged in small classes with greater interaction with teachers, teachers that were teaching and
discussing topics with him, not at him.

Evan had lived in a world of adults and learned how to deal with them as an adult. He was looking for respect!

We looked at college preparatory schools such as Choate in Connecticut, Dwight Englewood in New Jersey and nearby Saddle River Day School. Evan took the National Prep School Test in the designated time and scored at the top! He could have a choice of schools!

Realizing that Evan still does not feel totally well, we chose the school closer to home and his doctor. Evan also received a Merit Scholarship.

This has been a good year. Evan loves his prep school. He is learning tremendous amount and is starting to think about colleges. Evan did well on his P.S.A.T. with only one year of education. He would like to go to Brown University in Rhode Island.

Evan wants to become a psychiatrist and stand-up comic actor. He is a good listener and people problem solver. He knows life from inside out!

I asked (NY neurologist) Dr. Brian Fallon how Evan became so smart after all these years of no education. He said, "Evan was listening all those years." He could not walk or talk or read! HE COULD LISTEN!

Evan just came back from his vacation (without Mom, with a friend and his family) in Cancun, Mexico. Looking very tan and handsome, he said he never danced so much in his life!

This is a very exciting time at the WHITE HOUSE- A MIRACLE.

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Historical mileposts...for those feeling like they are on the wrong boat

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posted 31 January 2004 21:19

I was reflecting today on our journey with lyme disease. Reflecting on the pain, the fear, the doubt....

....the ups, the downs, the sideways...and then the joys...

Its been a very long journey, some of you know us well, others are new here. When we started our journey it was full of hope, and we felt refreshed. Somewhere along the way, we found that many of those we spoke with three years ago, have gone on. Either became frustrated and quit, or became well and dont visit the board too often.

Those who became well, we quickly have forgotten about, and the board is filled with others who are too, just beginning the journey.

Those who became frustrated, began jumping from treatment to treatment in hopes of finding a cure. In hopes of living their dreams of a fullfilled life, free of pain, free of random thoughts on top of random thoughts that come so fast you forget the "main thought" which was not random at all...

While our journey is still in progress, I have been in prayer regarding sharing, being careful not to take the credit our selves, but to Thank God every day for the special people who have interceded in our daily life, to make it a bit better for us.

Dr. Jones, Sabra and his full staff. Some are no longer there, but we love them all. TinCup, LDA, and so many more. Ultimately God brought them in to our lives, and have helped heal us.

Today, I think back when we first got bit...and got sick. My gut said Lyme. My docter said no.

8 years later after almost loosing our 12 yr old daughter to congestive heart failure due to her arrhithmya from lyme disease, watching her hobble like an old lady, and crying her to sleep at night, holding her up in the day to do basic tasks like eating, and wondering if she would live another year (according to her neurologist and cardiologist she would not!) and not even knowing if I should pray for life, death or healing (we had prayed for healing for so long we began to think it was not Gods will) for my daughter....we found she had lyme, erlichia and babesia.

Our daughter had brief periods of remission during her 8 year ordeal, which brought hope. It also brought frustration, because they would be followed by bouts of health much worse that what we had already experienced.

After tincup so lovingly referred us...(yes, with a rolling pin in her hand ready to pop me over the head if I said no!).... to Dr. Jones, we knew that life would be much better.

To our surprise, we were terribly terribly wrong. Our daughter began treatment, and she became unable to be on her feet very long. Her pain now was about 30 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst. The next 12 months of our lives were spent with her in bed nearly 22 hours a day. She cried at night...she cried at day and she tore our hearts apart. So many times I wanted to stop treatment...so many times she begged to stop treatment. But we all would remember the path we had been on.

We began to justify that path wasnt so bad...was it??? Not nearly this bad...

But 8 months in, we literally woke up one day with a daughter who was like all the other teens.
It lasted a short while, and she drifted back into her body riddle with pain. But this brief glimpse, was enough to carry us on with more demand for a healthy life.

I researched more, we spend thousands of dollars to see the best...and Dr. Jones patiently waited. Documenting small positive changes that were difficult for us to realize..

The many trips to the ER, became one long fuzzy year...and I began to doubt again. Was this ever going to end? Was this a big lie? Should we quit antibiotics?

I went to our Internal med doc, and asked her to do a full body scan. I KNEW my daughter must have cancer. Leukemia had been a possibility before her lyme diagnosis. Please check her again. I know we are dealing with something else. The gracious doctor did every test she could. She began implementing new pain therapies. But she told us, that she had seen improvement, even if we didnt.

She had faith in Dr. Jones, and Gods answers through doctor Jones, for healing for our daughter.

She kept us on track with the therapy, herself curious to see if "this would really work".

Our final "tempation" to stop all therapy came with the most severe, debilitating headache one could imagine. Our daughter would writhe in pain, after 100 mg of IV demerol, her body would continue to spasm from the severe pain in the spine and head. For nearly 6 weeks, we made the local er our every other night travel.

Then...one day our daughter woke up without a headache, and the pain was tolerable, and her body started to show significant healing.

She began physical therapy two weeks later, and has continued building her tissues that connect muscles and bones. Her pain is under control.

Yes she still gets tired, ....but wouldnt you after rock climbing 15 hours a week, e skating once or twice and week, AND doing your school work? Oh yeah, she is retaining her school work too!

Our road to recovery is still in progress. We attribute the excellent recovery so far to answers from prayer from many of you and us on behalf of our daughter, excellent doctors who really care,good diets, and a young lady who never gave up or jumped from protocol to protocol, but followed the LLMDS advice, even when it seemed the rock wall we were climbing was too tall with too few holds.


I know this is long, but I really wanted to share, to give hope, and to help those debating if they should continue or stop treatment, to choose the advice of their LLMD. I hope and pray for all of you on this board, that you will continue to heal.

Love,
Theresa

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I think it's time to add my story to this thread.

I've actually had to cobble together my Lyme history, based on journal entries. I had symptoms dating back to the early 1990s. Then in 1996, I had a tick bite and rash. At that time, I was treated with abx for about 18 days.
The rash went away, and I figured I was fine.

Over the next few years, I had a variety of weird symptoms, which sent me from one medical specialist to another--about 16 in all. Each one seemed convinced of what was wrong with me, with dx ranging from endometrial cancer to tendonitis to hypothyroidism. I spent a lot of money on treatments they suggested, and my health continued to worsen.

By 2002, I was exhausted all the time and only working part time. My memory was slipping, it was difficult for me to concentrate or think. I was walking with a limp and still going from doctor to doctor. I was also beating up on myself a lot, because I didn't know what was going on...so I kept trying to push myself.

Finally, in 2005, an acupucturist I was seeing suggested Lyme Disease as a strong possibility.

I went online, found this site and started reading about all the controversy surrounding the disease.

I spent a long long time trying to figure out which LLMD to see and finally decided on someone out of state. I think that's one of the best decisions I made.

I started antibiotic treatment for Lyme and Bart in June, 2005.

Initially, I got much much worse and had new, scary symptoms which included seizures, full body paralysis (which lasted more than 3 hours), chills that nothing could slake, even worse exhaustion and a slew of bizarre cognitive problems. I literally found it impossible to remember anything from one minute to the next.

I held on to a thread of work, just to stay busy, and I refused to go to bed for more than a day here and there. I kept holding out hope that I would beat this. I prayed a lot and struggled against awful depression.

I augmented my antibiotic treatment with herbs, supplements and some alternative things. I was fortunate enough to have weekly acupuncture, which I think helped me a LOT, as did Chinese herbs my acupuncturist gave me. But I never stopped taking antibiotics.

It took about 9 months before I noticed discernible improvement. At that point, my LLMD started me on tindimax, to address the cystic form of the disease. It was a rough antibiotic, but I began to notice even more improvement.

After being in treatment for about 14 months, I was able to walk more than a few blocks. I pushed myself to walk until I was up to a mile. Sometimes, though, my foot would just go numb or I'd develop searing pain in my hip. Those had been very early symptoms, and I never knew when they would happen again.

Around 14 months, I was hired to do some consulting work for a national company. After a few contract months, they asked me to come on full time. I talked with my LLMD, my acupuncturist, my SO (who's been a rock through all this hell). The health insurance alone made the whole thing too tempting to refuse. Prior to this, I'd been paying BCBS out of pocket, which was a fortune!

I started working in January, 2007 and have been there ever since. Although I told my bosses about my condition prior to them hiring me, I doubt my co-workers have any idea I've been sick.

I'm still on abx but am weaning them down. I now walk regularly--one to two miles at a time three or four days a week-- and only occasionally have the numbness return. My thinking has vastly improved, the stuttering I had is gone. I no longer have the sensory distortion I did. My social life is back.

This past summer, we vacationed in Canada, and I drove the whole 9 hours to get there with no problems.

I have a good friend who's a nurse and saw me at my very worst. She told me just recently that she never imagined i would ever survive this. I was drooling and seizing and shaking with chills.

I'm definitely not there anymore.

I feel incredibly grateful to have so much of my life back, and I hope anyone who reads this feels the hope it holds.

Andie

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quote:
Originally posted by TheCrimeOfLyme:
I'm finally going to add my sucess story.
I got sick in 2002 and went undiagnosed for 9 months. Little did I know that AFTER i started treatment for what I thought I only had for 9 months, that "other symptoms" that i had for YEARS would disappear as well. I never linked them.

I had SEVERE headpain, head burning, neck pain, back pain, face pain, jaw pain, seizures, spurting nose bleeds, "jumpy" muscles, buzzing and twitching, SEVERE vertigo, SEVERE pain in my eyes, throwing up and at times neurogenic bladder. I couldn't think for the life of me ( the fog), would get ringing in my ears, my eye would twitch, you name it, I had it. Swollen glands, off and on sore throats, shoulder pain, etc.

At my very worst, right before I got diagnosed, I was having periods of temporary paralysis. I will never forget the day it first hit as I had no clue what was happening to me and thought for sure I was going to die.

I started my abx in April of 2003, I believe, if I am correct.

I did amoxycillin 3000 mg for six months.
Clindamycin and quinine for six months
rifampin for 3 months 600 mg a day
Biaxin and Mepron ( biaxin 1000 mg a day and mepron I literally had to take only 1/4 tsp as it made me VERY VERY suicidal and MEAN)
doxycyline for 3 months
Ceftin for 2
and then bicillin shots for over a year.
This in

addition to the diflucan, nystatin, vitamin b12 and host of probiotics and supplements that I took.
I also did artemisinin at a VERY low dose 100 mg per day for a while.

I did take a year break on abx due to leaky gut syndrome and treated that homeopathically.

In addition to the abx, I also did:
Sauna
Lemon water detox out the wazoo
Chiropractors
trigger point therapy
ART testing and followed all that I could on that
Lymphatic drainage
bentonite clay detox baths
"skin brushing"
emotional freedom tapping
Rife
Allergy desensitization
and much, much more.
Liver flush


I tested positive for:
Strep in the blood
Mycoplasma pneumonia
Lyme of course ( even CDC positive). The PA Health Department called me and basically begged me to "admit" I didn't get it HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA!
Bartonella PCR positive
Erlichia came up positive once
I was tested for a host of viruses and only came back as having EBV in the past


Throughout all of this, my immune system was tested only twice but registered "in top health" ba ha ha. But in any case, it was fighting big time.

To be quite honest, the things that helped me the MOST in this order is:

1.) The amoxicillin took away my brain fog in two weeks flat. Yes, it returned from time to time BUT never like it did previously, and it was my first abx.

2.) Leaky gut treatment homeopathically helped me VERY much. I had leaky gut so bad it gave me orthostatic hypotension. I did NOT have it previously at any point, but developed it due to all the abx in my system.

3.) These aren't in order- but ART testing and allergy desensitization turned my world and my HEALTH around. If I hadn't went that route ( and I was 2 and a half years into treatment), I doubt I would be well today.

4.) Liver flushes. ( this actually kick started me losing ALOT of weight. I was 155, now Im 128 and digging around looking for smaller jeans "pre lyme" in my closet).

5.) Bicillin. Bicillin did the trick at pushing me into remission.

6.) Diflucan- turned my life around as well.

THIS remission for ME: I don't really flare anymore but I still do get desparately ill around my period, for one to two days. I actually know it is coming because I will sweat under my underarms BAD , and soak through my clothes. NOTE:

PRE lyme treatment, I had this "hyperhydrosis" for 10 years STRAIGHT. Now, I have it once a month. So I KNOW its something that I did that helped it, so I have to keep chugging on.

I can pretty much eat what I want to , but my body does not tolerate pasta, soda/pop of any nature or tomatoes. Potatos also make me gravely ill. Food actually INDUCES brain fog.

I just graduated finally and fully two weeks ago from college. My last day there, a gift was given to me- I felt COMPLETELY normal and the orthostatic hypotension didn't kick in at ALL.

I still suffer from orthostatic hypotension, some sleep apnea, and period flares as I said. I STILL have some "neuro rage" left and my vision I believe is permanently screwed up thanks to lyme.

I have undergone NOTHING and I do mean NOTHING but stress this ENTIRE year, from getting engaged, to him cheating on me 17 days later, to my sister stealing money from me, to contemplating moving, etc. And I haven't relapsed. i also had a concussion in early june. I actually DID RELAPSE over that but bounced back in under a month.

Keep on going people, it will happen for ya. It took me 3, almost 4 years) and mind you a year off from abx, but Im still here.

In the end, it was the alternative/adjunct treatments that saved me. The abx were a necessary evil though. I wouldnt have made it without them.

But now I mainly sweep up their afteraffects.

Wishign you all happy holidays!


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Posted 07 June, 2007 08:14 PM

It has been awhile, since I have been here. For

some reason something has been tugging at me to

come see what was going on here at Lymenet.


For all the newcomers and to let everyone know

what we have been up to.

I have been registered here since 2003 when my

oldest child (Dominic)was dx with chronic lyme.

He had a tick bite while we were on vacation

back in 1999, dx lyme, CDC positive.

Antibiotics for 6 weeks life went on.


It wasn't until 3 years later that our world

flipped upside down. After a bad virus Dominic

never got better. Within months he as on his

death bed. We were lucky to have a pediatrician

who cared and worked with us in finding what was

really wrong. I found Lymenet and we started

testing for Lyme, again. We went see Dr. C and

Dom started treatment immediately. We started

see results within 2 months of treatment but

still had many years of treatment down the road.


While reading all the info on Lyme I realized I

had a lot of the symptoms and having lived in MO

knew I had been exposed to ticks. I was tested

in the summer of 2004 and it came back

positive. I started treatment. In Oct of 2004

I had my other two children tested and they were

positive also. We have all been on treatment at

one time or another since then.

Dominic was the worse case and was on a variety

of antibiotics, heprin, allergy treatment and

finally amino acids. He was actually free of all

meds/amino's for one year until an accident sent

him into having night terrors again and other

symptoms immerged. We started antibiotics for 2

months and then hit the amino's again. He is

now doing wonderful with the amino's and for the

first time in his 10 years has been playing

soccer like he always dreamed. He is finally

symptom free.


Hannah was on low does antibiotic treatment on

and off for 2 1/2 years and allergy treatment for

the last year. She has responded extremely well

to the allergy treatment. She is allergic to

many, many foods and this was a huge issue we

didn't know about. Her biggest issue was her

memory and stomach/digestion trouble but once on

abx it has been getting better. She has just

started doing amino acids with us, (low dose).


Samuel only had a rash that would appear every

now and then. He also had bladder pain. After

having two surgeries to see what was causing the

pain and not finding anything I checked with Dr.

C who said it could be caused by the lyme. He

was started on low dose flagyl and hasn't had

trouble since. It has been about 6 months and

all is going well with him. He also has just

started doing the amino acids with us and is on

low doses too.

I have been hanging in there. I have issues

with my thyroid and for the first time in 10

years feel great and I have to say it has to be

because of the amino acids. It is the only

thing I have done different. I did have been on

antibiotics on and off for 2 years but the

amino's have really helped our family.

It is great to be here and I hope to be around

more often, if it wasn't for Lymenet no telling

where my family would be. Hopefully ya'll will

be seeing me around a lot more often.

I will be lurking in the background trying to catch up on what everyone is up too...

Hugs
Starr

Not sure why my post is coming out this way.. guess it shows i am still lopsided.. lol

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Topic: My experience, my opinion
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Posted 04 November, 2007 05:29 PM

I just want to post my experience here, in case it might help others.

I was originally diagnosed with lyme disease in 1995. I had three bite marks on my leg that turned red and expanded. the doctor notes desribed as "halo"

I did i think 4-8 weeks of doxy, can't remember. thought I was cured. a year later I started getting painful knees.

I was always very active, athletic, did a lot of hiking, camping, rollerblading, dancing, worked out at the gym.

for years I got the runaround, was diagnosed with CFS, depression, treated for hepatitis C. I got worse, but had periods of remission here and there where I felt ok. I now wonder if those were after antibiotics, but I didn't notice back then.

In 1999 I found a doctor who treated me with a lot of alternative therapies. He never told me he suspected lyme, but treated me with what I know now were lyme treatments. IV vitamin C, transfer factor, many other herbal and natural therapies.

when I did question about lyme, he told me I was negative, but i never saw the tests myself. he said antibiotics don't work anyway when you had it as long as me.

I continued to get worse despite all the natural therapies, diet, vitamins, etc. I also started taking cortef for adrenal exhaustion, and started having autonomic dysfunction. never did long term antibiotics.

In 2004 I went into heart failure, got meningitis, cranial nerve palsy and was admitted to the hospital. I have gotten progressively worse for the past 3 years.

I have been suspected of having ALS, MS, myasthenia and many other things because my symptoms are so severe. I have gotten no answers, no diagnosis, and no treatment from mainstream medicine. I have arthritis in my spine, and damage to several discs and 2 vertebrae.

narcotics kept me functioning at a low level for a couple more years. last year I stopped functioning. this past year or so, I have been very ill.

I have difficulty doing even the simplist things, like bathe, walk, have a bowel movement. I wanted to die this summer. I really was looking into physician assisted suicide. I cried every day.

since august 20th I have been on antibiotic. I have gotten a little bit better. my symptoms are getting better and I have some good days now. I no longer want to die. i no longer cry every day. my pain is better.

I still have some symptoms, and I still have bad days, but i am much better than I was last summer. I may have permanent nerve damage, so I dont know if I will get 100% better.

I wish I had gone to an LLMD years ago and tried long term antibiotic. maybe i would have prevented permanent nerve damage.

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Posted 06 November, 2007 08:56 AM

Annie Leach & her dog, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
From old Lyme Alliance Story Archive
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Annie and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1992 Muskegon Chronicle.

Several years ago, someone shared this story of Annie and her dog Wolfie's bout with Lyme disease with us. We often thought about their story, and wanted to share it with you. This story is presented with Annie's (and Wolfie's!) permission, along with an update that Annie thoughtfully gave us on their progress since 1992.
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Annie Leach and her dog, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, have a special relationship. They became severely disabled with what was eventually diagnosed as Lyme disease. They suffered for a long time before their conditions were identified and treated. They made good recoveries.

Leach, 37, of Muskegon is an art teacher at Michigan Dunes Montessori in Norton Shores. She was stricken a year ago by a puzzling, debilitating condition. She wondered if she would be able to continue working. Unable to drive, unable to walk without assistance, suffering excruciating joint pain and headaches, the vision in her left eye impaired, Leach was at the end of her rope.

She had been battling an unidentified, worsening illness for more than a year. A host of doctors had tested and treated her for mononucleosis, strep throat, muscle-attacking viruses, migraine head-aches, sinus problems, mold allergies, infectious bronchitis, lupus, a nose polyp, thyroid disease and stress. Her medicine cabinet was over-flowing, but she wasn't getting better.

When a physician suggested that she take tranquilizers, Leach remembers thinking that she might be losing her mind. "I was really scared. I was getting this big psychological thing. I thought maybe I was just grasping at straws."

While Leach battled her illness her dog, a Jack Russell terrier, had been showing some of the same symptoms: listlessness, neck stiffness, lack of appetite. In late summer of 1991, a Newaygo veterinarian decided to treat the animal for Lyme disease, even though blood tests had not confirmed the Lyme bacterium's presence. "In a way." Leach recalled. ''the dog's problem helped me think about my situation. Our problems were very similar."

Leach's dog was named after Mozart because of his habit of hiding behind the piano when he wasn't feeling well. However, after several weeks of veterinary-prescribed antibiotics, "Wolfie" came out of his hiding place and began to behave in his usual playful manner. Inspired by her dog's recovery, Leach demanded a Lyme test for herself. To her disappointment, the test was negative. Desperate for a treatment, Leach turned to a medical practice in Saginaw she had heard about where patients suffering the symptoms of Lyme disease are often treated in the absence of blood-test confirmation.

By the time she visited one of the doctors at the Saginaw clinic in October, she had reached the weakened stage where "all I could do is stand in a doctor's office and cry. Someone had to hold onto me." The physicians "listened to me," Leach said. "They didn't try to pass it off and just prescribe medicine. They were really nice." A new series of blood tests and physical examinations, including magnetic resonance imaging, hinted that she might have Lyme disease, but the tests didn't confirm its presence. Undeterred, her physicians prescribed a series of drugs that began to reverse her illness. "It happened in stages," Leach said. "At first I got sicker, but then I started feeling better. I still wasn't feeling well, but I could see an improvement."

In January, Leach resumed driving, and she began having more and more "good days." She continued teaching and credits family and friends with helping her to continue her life. "They saved me from psychiatric treatment: the doctors (at first) kept saying I didn't have (Lyme disease)," she said. Leach still takes medicine to combat her symptoms, and visits the Saginaw clinic once a month. When she has had two consecutive symptom-free months, her medication will be reduced or discontinued.

Lyme disease has been in the medical literature since the 19th century. It is transmitted most often by the bacterial organism borrelia burgdorferi in the body of a comma-size tick called Ixodes dammini. The tick, most often found in Wisconsin, Minnesota and eastern coastal states, lives on animal hosts, particularly the white-footed field mouse and deer. It is often called the "deer" tick.


Update from Annie:
In the summer of 1992, when the article appeared about Wolfgang and myself, I thought I was not only on the road to recovery, I thought I was there. I did not know what I was in for. I had been on Suprax since October of 1991, and could drive myself to work. During this time, I continued to teach part time. My students were very supportive, helping set up chairs and art supplies for me. It was a wonderful lesson for them in listening and learning from verbal instruction. My dog Wolfie often accompanied me to school and slept in the corner. During the summer I rested and slept a lot. Along with the antibiotics I took twenty-five acidopholus a day, and lots of vitamins.

In September after returning to work my symptoms worsened. I was put on Biaxin; that seemed to help. My condition was like a seesaw. I would feel great and then the symptoms would flare up. Basically, I worked and slept. During this time, Jeff, a CNA, moved into our home. In exchange for room and board, he took care of feeding me and caring for me. This was a great blessing. (If you live near a college, it might be an option for you, too.) Wolfie continued to receive cortisone shots. I went to a chiropractor. As many of you know, with Lyme disease, combining traditional and alternative medicines is a path to take - if you can find the right doctor!

Relying on my husband, George, as well as Jeff and some friends, I made it through the school year, but it was obvious my symptoms were worsening. It was decided that I would go on IV antibiotics as soon as school let out in June. I figured that this would give me summer to kick this thing! Wrong!!! In the fall, I went back to school with the IV still in. In the late fall, my dosage was doubled to twice a day. I began to gain back my strength, and on December 31 had the IV removed. During this time, Dr. Natole was a lifesaver. Somehow, he knows every little change in a patient's condition. It must be from treating so many people successfully.

After going off the IV, I was put back on oral antibiotics, and I continued to improve. This was not the dramatic improvement that occurred after treatment first started. It was very gradual, and many changes were so slight that no one could tell but me. At this time we had Wolfgang vaccinated, and he continued to improve. I continued on my regime of acidophilus, vitamins and rest. Over the next year-and-a-half, my progress was slow but improving.

In October of 1995, after six weeks of no symptoms I was taken off the antibiotics. In preparation for this I had researched, and found a doctor that believed in Lyme who would take me on as a patient, and who practiced homeopathic medicine along with traditional. Along with the acidophilus, I was given drops to take to cleanse my system of parasites. My goal was to stay off the antibiotics. Best of all, Dr. Ruth treats me as I know what I am talking about, and lets me make decisions.

Since October of 1995, I have been back to my stubborn Irish self. I'm back to work, and have even started working in an art gallery. Working around children and being exposed to many illnesses, I did not get sick. In the past several weeks, I went on antibiotics for a severe ear infection. I became extremely sick, so I went off them. That was about two weeks ago, and I am feeling better now. I believe that the bacteria are still in my system. For now though, I am blessed to be able to live, and do more than I thought I would ever be able to do. Wolfie receives his Lyme vaccine once a year, and we have found a vet that is just superb. There is hope - just take one day at a time.

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I think for my 36th birthday (Ok, yesterday) it's time to add myself to success stories as symptom-free. I did it by starting with a few months of antibiotics and then moved on to a year of Buhner Protocol herbs, and seem to be a 'textbook case' of what the Buhner protocol is supposed to do. Other people have had less success with it than I have, so don't assume it's a miracle cure for everyone.

I posted here- it was a poll about herbal treatment users:
http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=060406;p=1

and here's what I said about my treatment:

quote:
1. Do you have just Lyme? Any coinfections?
Probably just Lyme, which my doc thinks is quite unusual. Possibly bartonella based on very mild symptoms but negative on bart testing.. Bad case of elevated mercury levels and problem eliminating it, can't chelate without getting Lyme symptoms badly it seems

quote:
2. How long have you had symptoms?
6 years prior to starting treatment

quote:
3. What herbal protocols or products have you tried?

Like most users here, I experimented with a lot of different stuff at various times during the past year for different symptoms or for candida or for detoxification of neurotoxins from the Lyme spirochetes.

-eleutherococcus tincture when I first started doxycycline at the end of my 6 years of symptoms, continuing to take it

-detox 'stuff' = bentonite clay drink (yech), later Solaray Detox formula with alginate,

Buhner protocol (the big three herbs plus
stephania root for a few months

chlorella

garlic (raw frozen, also capsules): too much vomiting, probably helped control yeast and other stuff

boneset tea (for possible bartonella)

red root tincture (for possible bartonella)

poke root tincture, very temporarily (dangerous stuff, don't self-treat with this please)

turmeric

milk thistle while recovering from chelation problem

capryl for yeast

GSE for Lyme or yeast and later for ulcer in Buhner's ulcer protocol

oregano oil for yeast (didn't seem to do much)

teasel tincture at times (can't tell if it does a whole lot now when I take it occasionally, did think I herxed a bit on it at first)

huperzine A recently, doesn't seem to do a whole lot for my remaining word-recall memory problem


non-herbal products:
EDTA for chelation

methylcobalamine B12 injections

WelChol when I first started antibiotics (not at the same time of day as antibiotics though) as a neurotoxin binder

undenatured whey

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4. What was the dosage and for how long?
Buhner herbs for just about 11 months so far (after 6 months of antibiotic treatment), following book pretty closely on this. Did full protocol of the core protocol for two or three months and then started experimenting with reducing.

other than the eleuthero, which I have taken for much of that time, I've tried the other stuff on the list for brief periods, up to 4 months on stephania root, 4-5 months of Solaray detox formula and 6-8 months on chlorella, and much shorter periods for the other stuff.

quote:
5. Did you take with antibiotics concurrently? Afterwards?
I started treatment with doxycycline (no Buhner herbs yet) for 2 months, switched to azithromycin for 4 months and started Buhner herbs at the same time as azithromycin.

I only took the herbs-plus-azithromycin for 2 months of that, then stopped the herbs due to something making me feel extra-tired (azithromycin turned out to be the culprit). Symptoms went away at end of the 6 months on antibiotics, stopped antibiotics altogether, wasn't taking herbs at that time. I then relapsed very badly 1 month later.

I then started on Buhner herbs only. Only other antibiotic use: several months into the Buhner herbs, I took some biaxin for ulcer for 2 1/2 weeks, no visible effect on Lyme symptoms.

I started taking herbs around New Year's of last year. I had lots of ups and downs but the 'ups' got longer and longer pretty consistently.

I was symptom-free for a few weeks by month 5 of herbs only and continued to take them while I addressed other problems (ulcer and dental issues). During this initial period of 'symptom-free' I felt in absolutely perfect health, had amazingly sharp memory and word recall, so I have an idea that this will come back again with further treatment.

I then got a less-severe relapse after a mercury-amalgam-removal dental procedure in June, so I took amoxycillin briefly this summer (5 weeks) with no visible effect on symptoms, and concluded that these symptoms could have been mercury and not Lyme, as they're identical to what happens when I try chelation. Symptoms went away with just herbs since then. My only remaining symptom is minor memory problem- just very minor word recall trouble- but it's nothing outside the range of what's normal for most people.

quote:
6. Improvement? None? Modest? Significant? Cure?
Massive!!!!!!

I'm still on the core protocol but only take it once or twice a day at 3 pills a day (actually it's more like 2 pills of resveratrol and cats' claw, one manufacturer changed the formulas and is making bigger capsules since Buhner wrote his book).

I'm also taking adaptogens- eleuthero and schizandra (different times of day) and experimenting with rhodiola which doesn't seem to do anything noticable yet. Also taking turmeric for general brain health and capryl for ongoing yeast problems. Took huperzine A for a month but it doesnt' seem to do anything so I'm probably not going to continue. Other than that I'm not taking anything else at this time.

quote:
7. Did you relapse after finishing the herbs?
Not done yet, probably not going to stop anytime soon as I know I still have this un-addressed mercury problem.


I and my LLMD both assume that I will be at risk of a Lyme relapse till I get the mercury dealt with as it seems to be related to all of my relapses (ie chelating always triggers a relapse of Lyme symptoms, and my one amalgam-removal procedure seemed to do the same thing).

I'm waiting to be symptom-free while on herbs for quite a while before tackling the mercury with chelation again as I always get sick when anything happens to my mercury levels.


Here's what I said in another thread about my symptoms:
http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=060285;p=1#000015

I had been sick for 6 years before starting treatment with 6 months of antibiotics. The antibiotics didn't do the trick- I relapsed quite horribly about a month after stopping the antibiotics. I was pretty dysfunctional by the time I started treatment but I was no where near as badly off as some of the neuro-Lyme folks.

The symptoms I had were primarily exhaustion, extreme sleepiness, and severe brainfog, with this odd 'surface' skin pain along my back, some connective tissue injuries that didn't heal till I addressed the lyme, and sleep irregularities (either insomniac or sleeping for 14 hours). I had the really classic neck pain that I think Buhner describes as a variety of meningitis caused by Lyme. I also had sore eyes (like you haven't slept enough) and a few other woes I'm probably forgetting. I couldn't walk due to exhaustion for more than a couple of blocks by the time I started treatment. I also developed foot pain in both feet that felt like something was broken, that went away with antibiotic treatment, and I assume that's Lyme-related too.

My doctor thinks I might be the rare patient to not actually have (known) coinfections, though during my herbal treatment I got some mild Bartonella symptoms (roving sharp bone pains) and seemed to respond to/herx on Buhner's bartonella protocol (which I think would address some Lyme too, but that's my personal opinion).

I tested negative on the igenex test for Bart and have no babesia or ehrlichia symptoms so we didn't test for those, though I test very high in mercury so that's my big obvious complicating factor.

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Icon 1 posted 29 December, 2007 06:02 AM Profile for Koryn21 Send New Private Message Edit/Delete Post Reply With Quote Hey everyone.. It has been a while since I've been here but I wanted to give hope to all of you who are still suffering from lyme disease.

Well.. I am 22 years old now and In remission for going on 3 years. I got bit by a tick when I was 16 years old.. my parents and I didn't know anything about lyme disease when we found the tick. I never got a bulls eye rash.. no symptoms at all. Then two years later when A lot of stress was put on my body from a miscarriage my symptoms came on full force. It first started out with panic attacks, then it progressed into not being able to eat, drive, go out to public places because I was so sick. I had numbness, tingling and extreme heaviness of my arms and legs.. It kinda felt like I was going paralized. I had a hard time breathing.. this is the way I explain it.. It felt like something was taking my gravity away. It was so horrible. My general doctor could not figure out what was going on with me.

She sent me to all the specialists.. you name one and I've been to one. Every test was negative at every specialist. One day I got lucky, I was picking up my blood work from the neurology place I went to for a Thyroid doctor I can't remember the name for them. My mom was looking through the bloodwork.. shes a nurse and she sees that my lyme disease test was positive. I never got a call from that office telling me I had a positive lyme disease test.. nor did I know I got tested for lyme. So I called my doctor up right away and she told me to fax the results to her when I got home, so thats what I did.

I was so excited that they may have found what was going on with me until I got a call back from my doctor. She consulted with an infectious disease doctor in the area about my results and that doctor told her not to treat me due to me only having 2 reactive bands on my western blot and I needed 3 reactive bands to be considered "positive". I was so upset because I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired.. and I thought my prayers had been answered. My GP refused to treat me even though my mom gave her consent to expose me to a month of antibiotic's just to see if I'd get better or not. Man do I hate that quack.

After that I continued to go to specialists with no answers.. everyone thought I was nuts. Looking back on it now, I don't understand how they could think I was crazy when I was 106 pounds soaking wet and I couldn't gain a pound at all. (my height is 5'5) So.. One day while I was trying to live a normal life, I was at work and I almost fainted. I left work early.. called my mom up and said that if she didn't bring me to an emergency room outside of our area...(being that the local one thought I was crazy too since I visited the E.R. a couple times a week because I thought I was dying) I would commit suicide because I couldn't live like I was living anymore.. Being so sick and not having a diagnosis.

So my mother brought me to a hospital an hour away, a very good hospital at that. The E.R. doctor did not like the way I looked.. He ran blood tests on me.. and like every other doctor he thought it was an over active thyroid, so he tested that. I had told him that I came up positive for lyme disease and he tested me.. since my blood work was normal he sent me home WITH antibiotics and told me that the lyme disease test results wouldn't be back for a couple of days and that they'd call me if I was positive.

Well.. I got that call.. I was so happy, I started crying on the phone with the doctor and thanked him and said "I knew I wasn't crazy all along" So my mother and I then searched for a lyme disease specialist.. I found one about an hour away from me. I got a PICC Line and began my treatment on rocephin and oral zithromax.. I was treated for 90 days on that. I was Ok for a couple of months and then I relapsed.. The doctor then put me onto the PICC again and I was treated with IV Vancomycin and Rocephin at the same time...That treatment lasted 60 days.

Since then I have been in remission. If it wasn't for that lyme disease specialist I probably would not be alive today. While I was sick I never saw the light at the end of the tunnel.. I thought I'd never get better.. but I did.

I still have some symptoms of lyme disease as in CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome) I still have difficulty with my memory but not as bad, and math with number reversal and anxiety still but I take medication for the anxiety. I do have a very very low immune system but thats a small price to pay for all that I went through.. I'd rather get colds more often then others rather then be sick with lyme disease.

I am working a full time job now, I am getting my life back in order. I plan to go to college soon.. Since I had to drop out while I was sick. There is hope.. I NEVER thought I'd pull through it and I did. I always keep the thought of relapsing in the back of my mind but I know theres nothing I can do about it if I do relapse and I know who to go to. I get tested for lyme every now and then just to make sure Im still showing up negative.

I just felt the need to give all of you that are suffering some hope.. I hope I helped someone see that there is a light at the end of that very dark tunnel. I will continue to post on here from now on because I know that when I was sick I never saw anyone in here who had been a success story.. only war stories.. no offence guys but I know that a lot of people who are in remission do not come to help those that are still suffering. So I will be talking with you guys soon.

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From a wheelchair to walking!! .. and other stories!

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I just joined and am finding my way on the computer. Hope this is the way to reply?

I feel that I am a success in process. I've had Lymes for almost 20 years with the last 10 getting progressively worse until I was unable to get out of bed many days and was too depressed when I did get up to do much but a meal or two each day.

I had done all kinds of alternatives; herbs, acuputure, multiple therapies, the drugs, silver IVs, most of the stuff in Rosner's book and had no herxs at all, except one minor ache for 30 minutes my first time on the AC rife machine. Nothing after that. so was very depressed and hopeless since I wasn't even herxing, how could I get better?

Then I heard of "John of God", a powerful healer in Brazil. The first couple of times I heard about him I let it go. The third time I knew to pay attention. Fortunately my mom financed the trip as I have only SSI and disability for income. I know I am very fortunate to have her help. It was a horrible trip, 30 or more hours flying and in airports where people spoke Brazilian Portugese, which I don't. But I finally made it there and joined my group and leader (who knows the protocol and language).

I wasn't aware of much happening or improvement there or when I came home so thought nothing much happened. However I did finally have a herx, and what a whopper! Two days of intense pain everywhere (except my tongue). I moaned and rolled and cried continually pretty much. I'd never felt such intense pain all over my body. Funny I should think nothing much happened, huh?

About 6-7 months after this I am now working with a medical intuitive who says all the Lymes beasties are dead. Yes they are still in my body and yes they dumped alot of toxins when they died and that's still effecting me; and most importantly they tore up lots of organs and created considerable damage that will take quite some time to heal (which is why I didn't feel any better and thought nothing had happened). But,THEY ARE ALL DEAD! This gives me so much hope and thankfulness. I do consider that she may not have seen them all, so I still treat with the rife machines (AC and DC).

However my focus has changed from "Can anything help?" to "How can I most effectively heal now?" and that's SUCH a BLESSING I can't describe how big.

I am doing herbs to detox, Xango juice (which gave me more energy immediately...I actually woke up in the mornings sometimes!) Also I've started a program of treatment on the BEMER mat that seems to help my nervous system relax so I start smiling about life every time I lay down on the mat. I am so grateful to be healing and on the way up finally after 20 years of going downhill. I now see a future for myself rather than just struggling to make it through until the next day of struggle.

I'm happy to share details with anyone who is interested. [group hug]

May we all breathe
be filled with Light
and move forward
one step at a time.

Blessings,
Healing

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My 2nd success story...

After re-infection in May 2007 with babesia, bart again, borrelia (with arthritis again), ehrlichia, rickettsia and mycoplasma (according to my doctor), plus intestinal candida, that I believe came from the tick too(because I never had this problem before, and it went easily after treatment, so it was not chronic).

I fell sick in a matter of hours after infected tick bite, that stayed attached for about 9 hours. Every symptom came back, specially babesia symptoms, like a repetition of all I had before (light sensitivity, night sweats etc).

I tuned almost all my treatments with my own muscle tests and then went to my ART practioners to get some supportive things for my organs and homeopathics. But my treatment plan was built by myself at home, with Chinese herbs and other stuff. It's all here in lymenet.

For babesia, it's under "babesia alternative treatment". For bartonella, under "bartonella alternative herbs" or so. I took doxy for a few weeks, but it didn't do the whole job (my doctor gave it to me), I even didn't feel any positive effect from it either, but I was in constant herxes/ feeling bad the whole time after bite, so I can't say it helped/ didn't help for sure. Doxy tested good with ART, so I took it for 2 weeks.

Borrelia: the best thing for me are always Buhner's herbs in all possible combinations , tuned by muscle tests (amount).

Bart, babesia: I wrote here what worked for me (in Medical). Most important: cleansing with chlrorella, MSM, whatever helped (chitosan, zeolites..., rubbing Farah's oils or other oils). Herxes are awful.

The other treatments, all with herbs too, it worked if I tuned with my muscle tests. Eventually, I got symptomless by the end of October 07.

Funny that I thought I was attacking acute bart and borrelia and all the other stuff, but in the end, got rid of my chronic bartonella and chronic borrelia altogether!!

Got a small relapse sometime in November/ beginning of December after sleeping little for a month. Then after a few days of Buhn'ers herbs and other stuff, got rid again of the EM rash that reappeared on my chest.

I'm still fighting fungal infection in my skin, pre-lyme, but it's getting better (but it's so slow...). It's not too bad, but still not 100% gone as I wished.

I'm back to consuming wine socially, full of energy if I'm not herxing from fungi, back to life really, in all senses. My brain got no bad scars, I think. No lyme scar whatsoever (except for having lost two teeth). I'm not in a diet, but eat almost 100% healthy when I can.

I don't consider myself healthy, though, as I'm pretty sure if I get bitten again, I'll fall sick and will need lots of help to get out of trouble. But so far, I'm again symptomless since about December 2007. If I were REALLY healthy, I wouldn't fall so sick so fast like all my neighbors here that get constantly bitten by ticks.

I'm on astragalus, cats claw, sometimes I add other stuff; like now I'm on stephania, just in case. I never stop propolis, cod liver oil, chlrorella, I'm still on cardamon for cleaning fungal toxins, and eventually, milk thistle, or magnesium, or calcium, or trace minerals, depending on what tests good. But that's all.

My little daughter continues totally symptomless, she's learning her 4th language now by the age of 4 (so definitively no brain damage from lyme), very active and healthy. She's also on forever chlorella, CGF, flaxseed oil and propolis or bee products when they test.

Last year, the best tick protection stuff for us were homeopathic Borrelia nosodes LM4, we took a bit of it every week and didn't get bitten by infetected ticks again. Hopefully they'll still work this year and we won't fall sick again, me and my daughter. My husband is a tick repellent himself, never got bitten no matter what he does outdoors.

So my treatment was a combo of homeopathics, herbs, KMT, Buhner's herbs, Chinese herbs, lots of cleansing, phsycho kinesiology (that unblocked some stuff I would never believe it would), that's all, I think.

I also did lots of dental treatments, pulled out teeth that were testing bad in ART (ancient root canals), now I have golden partial protesis in the place of these teeth, I took amalgams off and did chelation for more than a year (soon, it'll be two years of metal detoxing). I'm fully convinced metals played a role on my body being weakened. As for my canal teeth pulled out, I was happy at least for one, as it was causing me dull pain for about a decade. NOw pain is zero.

Best tools for me: own muscle tests (I also posted about it here in lymenet) and ART (muscle tests done by my practioners).

Wishing you all good luck in finding treatments. Each person is so different, so anything that works is great if it makes you feel better!
Selma

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It's time to post my success story:

I'm finally well from lyme for the past three months, and well into recovery from the effects of lyme.

My recovery took nine months. They were some of the hardest months of my whole illness because I forced myself to stay in heavy herx mode most of that time.

I am still continuing to get well after three months without symptoms, and a very high stress load because my daughter was hospitalized for an accident.

I had borrelia, bartonella, babesia, and klebsiella pneumonia.

I have had tick born infections since I was about seven years old. I have to wonder if the case of "mumps with encephalitis" I had when I was seven was really from a tick bite.

My next door neighbor had bartonella when I was little. I started having bladder spasms and difficulty communicating verbally, and memory loss at that time.

The big bite happened when I was 22 (Over 20 years ago.) Two weeks after pulling off several ticks I started having mysterious bladder symptoms, chronic pain, and fatigue. They got worse and worse over the years.

I fought them off with diet, supplements and exercise. Symptoms rose and fell over the years with my stress level, causing them to be labeled as psychosomatic.

Both pregnancies were nightmare with being unable to sleep, get up, eat, think, etc. My second breast fed child reacted to my high cortisol levels by never sleeping, which kept the levels high until my adrenals crashed entirely. Then lyme took over and I was completely unable to function.

My naturopath put me on Cortef, which gave me enough ability back to pursue more answers. Then he got me a positive lyme test which put me on the road to recovery. For this I will be eternally grateful.

One year later, I have my life back. I think I will be able to get my health back to the point where I will feel energetic again. I'm still fighting off some candida, and may want to test for H. Pylori. I'm still stiff, but no more pain. I'd like to drop the spare 15 pounds, but I think that will take care of itself as I continue to heal.

I can think. What's more, I can feel. I am happy. I can experience something other than anguish, misery, dread, terror.

Life is good. I am playing with my kids, going skiing, running, socializing, working, etc. My house is clean, and my affairs are mostly in order. I'm even homeschooling my middle schooler, and loving it.

My protocol was based on a combination of ILADS, Buhner, and Dr. K. in WA. I am under-insured, have no area LLMD, and was unable to travel. I read two to three hours a day, and put it together myself, with the help of some local practitioners.

If you want to read my regimen and protocol here is the link to the post.
http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=062900#000000

I wish you all the very best in health and in lifelong wellness and vitality. I am grateful to lymenet for the information, support, and encouragement that made my recovery possible. I couldn't have done it without you.

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This morning as I looked out the front window at our snow covered trees, my wife commented that March was "coming in like a lion", as we're expecting at least another foot of snow today.

I had forgotten...Its March 1st. Its been one year today since I was finally diagnosed and started treatment for Lyme disease.

I contemplated this thought...one year, how far we've come. Its a sort of aniversary.

I dont often take enjoyment in aniversaries, I prefer living day by day with my mind in the present.

As I reflected on the past year, whith its ups and downs, accomplishments and disapointments, I realized that with Lyme my day by day approach to life could be keeping me a bit down.

I feel my pain today, and have had many reminders already this morning that I'm still ill.

But as I reflected back to March 1st 2007, I thought wow, Im so much better now.

To fully apreciate the comparison one must understand, as most here do, where I was then...

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A typical morning Last year...

I wake up, if I slept at all, lying in a puddle of sweat, sticky and cold. My entire body is in pain, muscles convulsing, head "bobbing", my abdomen is so sore.

Several areas of my body are swollen and ache, I cant bear to go through another day...can't this end....but somehow I sit up after much effort.

New pains begin with the movement of my body and the larger muscles start to cause me to sway from side to side in a twisting motion.

My head is being sqeezed as though in a vice and the ringing in my ears is so loud and unrelenting.

The children are awake and I begin to twitch and convulse with every noise and my head hurts everwhere now.

Confused, I wonder where I am, what am I doing, it hurts to think.

Eventually I figure out..again, that Im sitting on the edge of my bed and its time for the hardest task of my entire day...washing up and getting dressed.

I skip the shower because the 12 foot stumbling walk to the bathroom has exhausted me. My wife helps me dress, Im embarrased for a moment but then dont know where I am or what I'm doing again.

My wife makes a bed for me on the couch and helps me to the living room.

I lie there, wanting to die as the pain increases and my body convulses endlessly, never at rest. My legs feel like bugs are crawling inside..up and down, and every joint hurts.

Then the bone pains begin, as though some invisible force is stabbing me all over with a large blunt knife.

My wife makes me breakfast, something soft. Finally after several tries, my hand is able to clasp the large spoon.

I lower the spoon to my breakfast and as I lift my arm towards my mouth my hand begins to shake uncontrolably and the food scatters into the bowl and on the couch.

In pride, I dont ask to be fed, I just keep trying until finally I get a spoonful into my mouth.

I chew with difficulty as my stiff painful jaw tries to do its job. My face mucles hurt and are drooping.

Then I swallow, my tounge doesn't move the food to the back of my throat well and I try not to gag as I work to get the food into my throat.

Before the next bite, Im lost, why am I on the couch, whats in my hand,

Im scared and start to cry....so lost and in pain, when will it end?

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As I write this tears are forming im my eyes, there was so much suffering then...Suffering my wife and five children had to witness every day as I wasted away.

I've come so far...yes Im still unable to work, I cant drive and from day to day I dont know what my body can handle...however....

This morning I awoke, stiff but with little pain today. I got up feeling fairly happy and walked about with no twisting, or falling over.

I watched it snow outside and appreciated the beauty of the drooping, snow covered trees out front.

I played with the dog for a bit. And thought about what Id do today. I took my meds and ate a good breakfast.

I logged on to the internet at all of 31.2 kb's ber second today....argg!

I checked my email and saw a PM from Lymenet, my eyes brightened, this is often the highlight of my day!

I read the message, it was a great start to a new day and wow! I can now read and write again!

I responded very thoughtfully, without confusion, to an email from my real estate agent.

Then, my wife an I kneeled together to pray about selling our house.

I walked around a bit to see how my balance and muscles were today because I wanted to give myself a one year aniversary present....work!

I was a little stiff and had some really small twitches and a headache, but decided I was OK to brave the snow.

I went outside, put a ladder up to th porch roof, climbed up onto the roof (dont tell Dr D...or my Mother ), then shoveled off about 2- 2.5 feet of snow.

Then, I climbed onto the house roof and shoveled off the entire north side! And, as the magician said as he pulled the table cloth out from under the settings, "The flowers are still standing!"

I took a cool shower and sat down to write on Lymnet. No spasms, Im tired but not bed ridden or even close to this....but Ill rest for the remainder of the day just to be sure, I can get some pretty nasty backlashes from phisical exertion.

So, One year in treatment, ingnoring the severe dips in the ride, Im so much better and feel (today ) as though I can handle seeing this thing through.

My wifes heart has slowed down, but I think she used her daily supply of energy up waiting for me to get off that roof!

BJK

"Love always hopes, always perseveres...Love never fails" "But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love"

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Joy and Ben,

thank you both for sharing your courageous lyme battles with us all! [group hug] [kiss]

Joy, so glad you are enjoying yourself with family and homeschooling as well.

Ben, you have come a LONG way since last year, and we look forward to more of your story this next year.

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Hello everyone,

I haven't posted here in a while, and some of you may recall that my daughter, now 19 was finally diagnosed with Lyme and babs about a year ago. Well, after a 3 month search and TOTALLY because of this website, we found a LLMD in NJ who has (knock wood) worked nothing short of a miracle.

In Jnauary, she started college...only 1 semester behind her peers. SOme of you may recall the battles I had with the high school to allow her to graduate and attend her senior prom. Those few shorty months ago, getting out of bed was a major accomplishment for her!!

Dear Lymenet community,

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your support, guidance and invaluable information. Most of all, for introducing me to the concept of a LLMD ... without which I shudder to think what her life would still be like today.

I Love you GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elle

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My success story is found here

www.wildcondor.com/lyme

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Hi Gang
I had stopped posting (almost) because i had lost hope of a cure,and coulden't lead people on any more.

Then i gave myself 14 months benzathine Penicilan shots.For my weight 2.5 cc twice a week injected in my bottom by my self.

With a egg timer i first stuck my butt muscle,and slowly pressed down the plunger over a 3 minute time.

Not fun at all !!
Sometimes i got a dull needle and the blood ran down my leg .

One time i hit that main nerve that passes across your butt and fell on the floor.while it felt like a thousand worms were under my skull in my brain.
Syatic nerve.

I would not stop ,but at 14 months I got 3 dull needles in a row and i STOPPED.

I had had enuf!!!!

And it was enuf no more lyme stuff!!!

AAAAOOOOO!!!!!!

UPDATE The remission lasted 0ne year ,now I am looking for another antibiotic for long term use.

Or perhaps 2 years Benzathine Penn. G

MADDOG

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I'm a success story, as is my son! I have been meaning to come on here and post this, as I looked to this board for support during our ordeal last year!

We live in rural Northeast NJ - tick capital of the world! Briefly, last May (2007) I began to have joint pain. I got more tired and lethargic and it all blew up around the fourth of July. I felt sick when I went to bed. An hour later I woke up shaking, dizzy, with sort of like tunnel vision - partial blacking out sort of thing. My pulse was rapid and I was nauseous but didn't throw up. I could not stop the feeling of shaking and these sort of muscles contractions where my muscles would tighten up every time I would try to rest. My husband took me to the emergency room. I was fed a bunch of lies by the ER doctor who examined me and clearly gave me the feeling that I was wasting his time. He told me that he'd do a lyme test and if it was positive I'd find out in a few days and he sent me home.

My elisa came back negative and I went to my regular MD who did a western blot. I continued to feel very very ill. I knew this was not a virus - I just absolutely 100 percent KNEW. Western blot came back neg. I told my MD that this had been going on for six weeks and could we just see if abx would clear it up? He refused, told me I was fine and healthy and that I'd get over it. Never mind that in all my 11 years of going to him, I had never once asked him for any sort of antibiotics or medication for me or any of my four children.

But I was helpless, so I believed him and continued to go downward. I had floaters in my vision, brain fog, leg pain, especially in my hips and one leg, and all the other classic lyme symptoms. My husband, who DID test positive for lyme, lied to our doctor and said that his pills fell in the toilet, and had it refilled for me. I took his amox and was better in a week. I had my life back! I finished the prescription and thought I was through with it all.

Two weeks later it crept back. This time I went to a doctor in town who a friend recommended. He listened to me - really listened, and said that the tests don't mean squat and began me on abx again because he believed it was lyme. Again, the amox wiped it out or so I thought.

Meanwhile, my son was diagnosed through a positive blot in September of that year (three months after my symptoms began). He is allergic to amox and developed an allergic reaction to the doxy within two weeks. Doctor began him on zithromax.

Meanwhile, out of desperation, I made a decision that completely changed the course of our fate. I took my son and myself to our chiropractor/nutritionist. I knew from a friend who had been seeing him for her migraines that he might be able to help us. At first I laughed at her and his testing methods, but when he cured her migraines, I knew I had to try something because this was clearly not working for us.

He does nutrition response testing. He tweaked our systems with supplements and a very strict sugar free/low glycemic diet. This man struggled with lyme himself for a long time and he adopted these testing methods for the body when he himself was healed this way by another practitioner. When I began seeing him, I also realized that I was still not better and I was given a round of doxy. My son also, had his symptoms return and he went on zith again for a month.

When my prescription ran out, I was still symptomatic but not as bad as before. Friends who had lyme encouraged me to call the doctor and see if he would give me more doxy. one friend even offered to get me doxy under the table if he wouldn't refill it. I struggled with asking for more meds or continuing with the diet and supplements and opted for the latter which did include a parasite removal program.

I am happy to say that within another couple of months I was symptom free and so is my son. I have not had any symptoms at all in five months. My son is no longer testing for bacteria in the nutritional response tests. Was it cheap? No. Was it easy? No- (try keeping an 8 year old away from sugar including fruit sugar!!) Was it worth it? YES!!

I have learned some thing in our journey: First, that according to our nutritionist/chiro who treated us, lyme and a parasite go hand in hand. That's one reason it won't leave completely - as the parasite dies, the bacteria is re-released. Secondly, the bacteria feeds on sugar! Cut the sugar, starve the bacteria. This also includes fruit sugar as well. Third, the immune system CAN be tweaked to fight this bug, but not alone (unless you're super human!) The antibiotics are necessary, at least from what I saw with us. Once our systems were functioning well enough, they were able to "take over" and get rid of the rest of it.

We may still have it lying dormant somewhere - many say that Lyme never really leaves, but we continue to stick to our diets and remain healthy.

I have seen many, many more benefits to the program we have been on including a child who had previously been the king of colds, sinus issues and viruses go through a winter of NOT ONE single cold! I have four children and he was the healthiest one all winter, which has never, ever happened before. I really cannot be more pleased with the way our bodies have responded to the supplements and diet.

I don't want to sound like an info-mercial here or some kind of health nut, and I dont' want this to sound like the "silver bullet" cure all. My nutritionist said during the first visit "I cannot cure your lyme. All I can do is to build your system to fight it." I have nothing to gain by sharing this except that I felt an obligation to do it and share our story. There are answers out there but you must seek them out and the medical community isn't going to help you do it.

If you are in northern NJ and are interested in my nutritionist or the doctor who I saw who gave me the antibiotics without a positive blot, I would be glad to share them. My email address is wenarksy5@aol.com.

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My son's "success" story is at www.myspace.com/lambgrinnell
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Finally, success! [Smile] [Big Grin] [Smile] [Big Grin] [Smile]

I'm a frequent reader of this board, but haven't really posted much. I wanted to post my success story to share with everyone and let you know there's hope of getting better, it can happen.

I was diagnosed with Lyme in May 2007 after being sick with strange symptoms for about 6 months. Dizziness, jaw pain, confusion, brain fog, forgetfulness, arm pain, and extreme fatigue were my main symptoms. I never suspected Lyme and was surprised when my doctor, who ran a bunch of tests, told me I had it. (I was one of the lucky ones who test positive)

I grew up in Western PA and had heard about Lyme Disease, but the most I knew about it was something about a bulls-eye rash. I wasn't prepared for how sick I was about to get!

I'm so thankful to everyone on this board who provided lifesaving information for me!! You have all educated me about this disease, and about the nasty politics behind treatment. I've been able to pass along that knowledge to everyone I know (even when they don't ask!), and hopefully we can raise awareness about diagnosing and treating Lyme.

Back to my story - I was diagnosed in May 2007, started on oral antibiotics and sent to an Infectious Disease doc. I've heard the horror stories about them, but my doctor was amazing!!! He was knowledgeable about the disease and gave me IV Rocephin, then continued with the orals after, until I got better.

It took about a year, but I'm so happy to say that I've been symptom-free for 4 months now!! Completely healthy. I had gotten to the point where I didn't think this was a possibility - I thought that I would be sick forever.

Keep fighting! I know how horrible this disease is, and I want you to know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you to everyone on this board; you are all amazing people struggling with an awful disease. My prayers are with all of you to get better and to be able get back to a normal life. It can happen! [Smile]

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Hello,

I am copying and pasting this from another thread I recently posted on. It fit into that thread and also "success stories." Congratulations to everyone who is able to post on this success threat, and let's keep working so more and more people get the opportunity.

I am a patient from CA who went to India for embryonic stem cells. I never post on these boards but I had heard about this thread and thought I'd share my story.

I am doing amazingly well. I've had chronic Lyme (Babesia and Bartonella) for 7+ years and my complications included neuropathy, arthritis, tremors and twitches, brain lesions, cardiac problems, chronic nausea, etc.

Post stem cells, all of my pain is gone, I am off all narcotic pain killers, all tremor medication, all heart medication, my brain lesions improved greatly (as measured by SPECT scans), my food allergies are gone, and the list goes on. I'm finally able to be off of antibiotics for the first time since my diagnosis.

I believe this is possible because of my previously aggressive antibiotic treatment and the new improvement of my immune system with the stem cells.

Before deciding to go to India, I failed all treatments that I tried (including almost 100 hyperbaric oxygen sessions). I feel that antibiotics did a good job to lessen the bacterial load, but my body was so deteriorated from the disease, something needed to repair it from that perspective. Embryonic stem cells did that for me. It is like I am a new person now.

Since I was the first patient to go through this, we don't know what the future will hold. But, so far, I've had a six month stretch of health and that's six months more than I ever thought I'd have again in my lifetime before I went to India.

The doctor's technology is unique as she is using ONE donated embryo to treat and endless number of patients. She is the only one that I'm aware of in the world using embryonic stem cells in human application (she just filed a patent). Her stem cells are 100% pure (meaning no chemical, animal feeder cells, etc.).

I can't say the treatment is right for everyone but it is thus far, the biggest blessing of my life. I hope this information has helped those who are interested understand it a little better.

It is not a cure for Lyme (stem cells won't kill bacteria) but I believe it will strengthen the immune system to better cope. My personal opinion is that much of a Lyme patient's pain, fatigue, etc. after they have had proper treatment, is not necessarily due to active bacteria but the devastation of what has happened in their bodies over the years (degeneration of nerves, muscle, etc.).

I'm always available for questions if anyone would like to know more. I'm going back to India in July for 3 weeks for a booster series (I was there for two months the first trip). I blog at www.healthcarehacks.com and update often for anyone who would like to follow.

Many blessings, a

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hi all -

just reposting my latest update as i wrap up HBOT.. enjoy!

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here's a brief recap: my symptoms began Nov05 after fracturing my foot, symptoms increased Apr06 after another flu bout.

things got worse in Oct06 after shoulder surgery. i saw 35 Drs and made 150 office visits.. no one could help me.

Dx'd with CFS in Apr07 and was bed ridden off and on. i gave up on Drs.. started doing my own research and reviewing my labs.

Dx'd myself w/ Lyme in Jul07 thanks to IgeneX (via WrongDiagnoses & LymeNet). found an ILADS LLMD right away.

Dx'd w/ Babesiosis Aug07.. officially began oral Tx in Sep07. Dx'd w/ Neuroborreliosis in Oct07.. began IV Tx 26Oct07.

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hello brothers & sisters..

i'm 24 days into 30 consecutive days of HBOT treatment and i feel great!

rode the bmx track WED night and for the first time in 2.5 yrs, i had NO thigh muscle fatigue (4 days prior i did elsewhere).

i sprinted 40 yards at least 12x and rode the entire track effortlessly (compared to my last track outing in April).

did a beach street ride SUN from South Mission Beach to La Jolla Cove.. never took a break or slowed my roll.

didn't have this energy on my last beach outing (Sep07).

this is not an ordinary ride.. it's aggressive and i ride at a rapid pace, do a lot of jumping, and coaster wheelies.

OUTSTANDING DAYS OF HBOT:
day #3: left wrist pain.. similar to arthritis. the pain passed 2-3 days later.

day #5: pelvic/low back/tail bone pain. this pain continued for several days.

day #17: right ankle sore. this may be related to trauma from broken foot and poor physical therapy due to illness.

i felt pretty flat at times during weeks 2 and 3.. was probably herxing a bit.

seeing my sports massage therapist 4x (every 10 days for 1.5 hr deep tissue rubs).

seeing my AK Specialist 2x (every 15 days). followed by my sports massage therapist.

i find massage and chiro care highly effective and beneficial throughout HBOT.

i'm doing my treatment in San Diego at:
http://www.hboinfo.com/Lyme_disease.htm

FYI.. there's a HBOT conference in Los Angeles on 24-26July.. Lyme appears to be a topic on Day 1. details here:

- http://www.hbot2008.com
- http://www.hbot2008.com/day1.php

i'm still in appeals with insurance on HBOT but i'll keep you posted. also going in for State Disability appeal 03Jul.. wish me luck!

getting well and staying well is MORE than a full-time job. i have tapped every financial resource i have and work hard at getting well 24/7. there are absolutely no short cuts w/ Lyme or TBI's.

all for now.. best wishes.
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http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=16210
http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=7833
http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=6873

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There is most certainly hope. I lost my job, my friends, my marriage and my life due to 14 years of undiagnosed lyme. After my diagnosis in 2001, I was on IV antibiotics for 8 months and oral for quite a while. I am an ultrasound tech by trade and was unable to work at all for almost 3 years at the end.

Today I live at the beach, enjoy being single for the first time in 20 years, and work full time in my profession again. Am I 100%? No. But I am med free!! I was on fetenyl patches and oxy ir for break through pain for 8 years. I was diagnosed bi-polar due to this illness. i as on anti depressants and lithium just to name a few meds-they used to total over 15 of them. I take nothing stronger than an occasional advil and some melatonin for sleep. I still run tired at times and am sore after a 12 hour shift at work, but I am not flat on my back crying any more! ( and heck I am pushing 50 so aches and pains I guess come with the territory)

I have some residual brain farts, a lot of arthritis, some permanent damage to my liver but nothing I cant live with.

Keep up the good fight!!

Cathy

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marie and cathy, WELL DONE TO YOU BOTH!!

HIP HIP HOORAY ....congrats big time!


marie, great you were able to accomplish what you sent out to do, and wonderful, informative lyme article !!


thanks to each of for posting! bettyg [group hug] [kiss]

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I am new... What is HBOT? Thanks.
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My 5 year old daughter is probably going to come off of mepron/zith after 18 months of treatment after her next visit to her LLMD.

Yesterday, as she was keeping me company for my IV infusion she was chattering away about how much she is looking forward to turning 6 and 7 and 8 and 9 and 10 and 11 and 12 and 13, etc.

WOW. This is MUSIC to my ears. She is looking forward to life. Two years ago at this time, she wanted to die. At three years old she wished she was dead and said so every day. Her life has been saved.

Here is the list of RESOLVED symptoms:
fatigue,
headaches,
joint pain,
stabbing eye pain,
chest pain,
abdominal pain after every meal,
burning urination for every pee,
major constipation,
OCD behaviors,
bi-polar,
depression,
suicidal thoughts,
self-hatred,
anorexia,
night sweats,
unexplained fevers.

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Hi all:))

Ive been wanting to write in here for so long but have been feeling cautious not wanting to jinx my recovery or make any bold statements about being well. So i gave it more time and feel like its time now to write:)
I got lyme at age 19 but went undiagnosed for 10 years during which I made it through university by the skin of my teeth and then afterwards got extremely ill and spent several years bedbound, in extreme pain, with severe stomach issues, barely able to speak. I couldnt watch tv or read or do anything really as it all made the pain worse. the only thing i could do was listen to audiobooks, they helped alot.
I finally got diagnosed with Lyme 2 years ago after seeing the discovery health episode on lyme and also reading a few different people's accounts on the internet of the unreliability of lyme testing. I had been tested twice with the basic elisa and had been negative both times. I was lucky to find an amazing lyme doc and for the first time with a doc to be in really good hands. my recovery was tough but i was so happy to finally know what was wrong with me. I felt some improvement initially and got big herx reactions so i felt i was on the right track. mostly on treatment i felt pretty crappy, i was able to be up and about around the house but was feeling pretty rough still most days. I did 9 months of IV treatment and that seemed to help clear the brain fog. then earlier this year i was treated again for Babesia and also started a supplement called D-Ribose both of which dramatically helped my energy levels and general feeling of wellbeing. I improved so much that by early summer i was able to return to work and ive been working now all summer, doing 40 hour weeks and feeling better and better over time. I still have along way to go, im working on my adrenals which have taken a beating due to the lyme and also have alot of stomach issues from all the antibiotics but i have a great naturopath who is also helping with those issues.
Im on the buhner protocol now and do a small dose each day of colloidal silver recommended by my lyme doctor. I still have to be very careful not to overdo it and to take it fairly easy at the weekends. I still do my epsom salt/hydrogen peroxide baths and take all my suportive supplements so i have a really good support network. I couldnt have gotten through this illness without the love and support of my family and an amazing boyfriend who has stayed with my through the entire illness despite the fact the I had to move to live with my parents and he was far away in London, UK. So many times i hoped i would get better but with so many days of feeling awful during the recovery process i wondered was it ever going to happen. I would notice small improvements and wanted to believe that they meant something positive but thought maybe i was just imagining it. however they have continued to add up over time and i am getting better and better every day. I just wanted to write this for anyone out there who is in an earlier stage of recovery than i am, i know how rough it is and how hopeless it can make you feel trying to keep going in this ongoing battle but there is light at the end of the tunnel, you will get there. my body has been through so much but i am healing every day. I know it ll be a long process to be fully healthy so i will continue to keep working at it but i am leading a much much more normal life now. Im doing a very challenging job and planning a trip to my home country (Ireland) for a week in Oct. My boyfriend is moving to the US this year so we are finally going to be living together again. So many great things are happening so i try to remember that staying healthy depends on keeping a good work life balance, eating healthily and continuing with all the supportive supplements and therapies that have helped me to get well. Sometimes (or maybe alot of the time) it means learning to put yourself and your health first in order to get the rest you need and learning to say no to things that you do not have the energy for.

so to anyone out there who is feeling hopeless, its tough and horrible alot of the time but you will get there and it will be more than worth it when you do so hang in there, never give up!

lots of love to all my fellow lymies, keep on keepin on;)

Windmill

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posted 02 May, 2006 07:00 PM


Thought I would come back and see if there was anything I could help with. My mother just started her treatment last week after constant nagging by me to stop accepting this as old age!

I had debilitating Neuro Lyme and Babs. Had it probably 5 years before diagnosis. Took 2.5 years of solid antibiotics. Had to quit my job, leave law school, withdraw from society, and really re-define life.

I couldn't walk and I couldn't make out sentences during the first few months of herxes, but I could stay on a horse, which was a miracle. I was so Type A, to not have had this outlet, even just sitting there walking around like a snail, would have destroyed me. I also had a horse survive Lyme who I looked to for inspiration, as well as the best family and friends ever. OK, who am I kidding, not many people understood, but the ones that stood by me mean everything to me now.

During Flagyl I was a suicidal maniac. I would scream, cry, wrench, hallucinate . . . I had to be supervised by hubby or Mom. Lexapro helped some. It was like demons were scratching through my pores. All I can do is shake my head to think of it now.

Saving grace came when I finally pushed for an IV of Rocephin. Took it for two months after 2 years of pills. I am firmly convinced if I hadn't waited that long, the strength of the IV meds would have killed me. I had to wait that long unfortunately to kill off enough bugs as to not overload me.

I am now 80% healthy after coming out of treatment last August. There are still days where I really lag. I think of it like people with Epstein Barr. It is a hinderance, but I have my life back. I can work all day long now, have intelligent conversations, handle driving, movement, most sounds, light. My muscles hurt now like a 50 year old instead of a 90 year old! (I am 30) It is all manageable. Life is worth living again. I have joy and the ability to appreciate it.

I always told my family if it wasn't for them, I would never have fought through the disease like I did, not just for me. But now that I am well, I sure am glad I did fight, for ME.

I will try and check back if there is anything I can help with.

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posted 18 August, 2008 07:28 AM


Hi friends,
Just wanted to check back in and lend some hope to anyone having a particularly rough day.

It is now 8/08 and I am still in complete remission. I feel great and I even feel "normal" once again. I returned to my full time job as a horse trainer and could work regular days until about 6 weeks ago when . . . .

I became pregnant with our first child!

There is hope. I know you feel like you are in hell, and frankly, you are. There is no minimizing it. I make no qualms about the fact that it almost killed me to anyone that will listen. But it is able to be beaten!

I always just thought I was a regular person until I saw how strong I became living through Lyme. You are all JUST AS AMAZING. Keep your chin up. It is possible and so worth it.

Much love,
Wink9

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