I will preface this post by not meaning to discourage anyone from seeking treatment, nor to offend anyone...but...
I have been ill for five years and "in treatment" for 4½ of those five years. The first 6 months prior to starting treatment and attempting to find out what was wrong with me, I was on death’s door…seizures, coding in the ER, spiking blood pressure and heart rate, all bad stuff. When I started treatment, however, six months into it, the REALLY bad stuff (the seizures, coding in the ER, spiking blood pressure and heart rate), seemed to have gone away…ON IT’S OWN. I was just left with MAJOR brain fog, generally feeling crappy, short and long term memory loss, abnormal brain scans, that kind of stuff. In my 4½ years of treatment, I am NO worse for the wear…I am no better and no worse. I was averaging about 40-50% functionality then and the same now. But, I am much poorer! I went to three different LLMDs…kind of working my way up the food chain, and am currently with the heavy hitter, Dr. H, in New York. Over the years, I did HBOT, acupuncture, numerous supplements, tons of oral antibiotics, months of bicillin shots and two PICC lines (one for 7 months and the other for 9 months). I am, probably, $100,000 poorer, not even counting whatever amounts my insurance picked up.
I was hoping and praying that, one day, I would be posting in the Success Stories. But, I don’t think that that is ever going to happen. I don’t mean to discourage anyone because hope is something that a lot of folks cling to, and that some folks do, in fact, get better, but, the reality is, is that you may never get better! Hope is great, but false hope, well, not so much! Chronic lyme is real and, while everyone is hoping and striving with all that they have in them to see wellness, konw that it may never come. Had I known then what I know now…i.e. that after 4½ YEARS of pouring money down the lyme toilet, would I have embarked down this long road, with no return for my investment what-so-ever? NO WAY! Many folks have asked on here, where all of the folks are that really do get better…the answer was always that they are out living their lives now that they are better. While that may very well be the case for some folks, I don’t think that that is the majority. I think that most folks on lymenet, do not get better and that’s why there are so many folks on here. The better ones, the lucky ones, post their success stories…but, as all can see, it’s less than 170 people, while yet thousands are on this site. Sad, but true.
Again, not to discourage anyone from doing anything and taking all measures within their power to attempt to achieve good health, just know, though, that the result may not always be there!
Good luck to all!
-------------------- ? date of bite/no rash 10/09 symptoms, 4/10 diagnosed, after 6 mos. ER visits, tons of docs/tests CDC+ 23/39/41/45/58/66/93 currently on oral plaquenil, doryx, rifampin, pyrazinamide, nystatin, numerous supplements Posts: 718 | From Pennsylvania | Registered: Jun 2010
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I no longer hold out hope for any kind of miracle, and only wish to minimize the misery as much as possible. After years of traditional therapy, and tons of $$, I have found some small relief using Rife, but it seems that for every symptom cluster that fades a new one comes to replace it. Oh joy.
I think, also, that most LLMDs greatly overestimate the success rate. While I know they provide a huge service to many, TBI's are so poorly understood that the reality is trx is a shot in the dark (at best).
All I know is I'm still sick and the money is not coming back.
Thank you for posting this.
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I have said this before, but here it is again.
People do get better. And they do go away. That figure of thousands on the website is a cumulative total, not current total. Look at old threads when they come up again and see all the names of people that are no longer on the forum.
But for some of us, success has to be redefined as continuing to live and be functional vs. in bed with a care giver looking after us. That is what my success looks like now. Unless some miracle occurs, and the officials are not even looking for better treatment for chronic cases, then that is all I am going to get. Painful, but true.
It is puzzling that you said after a certain amount of treatment a number of symptoms went away on their own. Did you not consider that treatment took them away and is keeping them away? As for the other symptoms that are unchanged, we don't really know what all the tick gave us besides lyme, and lacking that knowledge, there doesn't seem to be any way to treat the whole shebang.
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