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Whenever I’m with friends the subject of supplements frequently comes up. I love comparing what my other Lyme friends are taking and sharing what I’ve found that works. Just as I do with my friends, I thought I’d share my very favorite supplements.
A detox bath is one of the easiest ways to pull toxins from your body and to help you feel better when you’re sick, especially if you have Lyme disease.
Detox baths are especially helpful for getting through a Herxheimer which is when your body has an overload of dead bacteria and toxins from the onslaught of Lyme disease and co-infections.
It’s Sunday night, there’s a full Hunter’s Moon tonight and quite honestly I’m more than just a bit overwhelmed!
I’ve felt sluggish and tired all week, my kids are complaining of a return of symptoms and everyone has been irritable and argumentative. My little guy has had so much pain this weekend and tonight he hurt so badly that we had to give him Motrin and soak him in an Epsom salt bath.
It’s so heartbreaking to see your child suffer in pain, especially when it’s caused by a tick bite.
Before getting sick with Lyme I had learned to use our previous home’s small yard to plant as much as I could but once I got sick with Lyme my garden turned into just a few potted tomato plants.
Last fall when we moved to our new home my health declined and I began to get pretty sick again.
I wasn’t physically able to weed or winterize the garden but I thought I might be able to tackle it in the spring.
In the fall of 2009 I was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and co-infections after a long, frustrating two years visiting different doctors, trying to get a diagnosis for my declining health.
While I still have pain off and on, most days I don’t feel so much like a Lymie, especially since many of my friends have similar aches and pains. I’m not going to say we’re getting older but you know, it happens.
When I was first diagnosed I agreed to high doses of antibiotics. I acted out of fear and ignorance, I thought this was the only way I would regain my health.
Obviously, at that time I had no idea what I was in for, nor did I know what Lyme disease was.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. There I was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting as she reviewed my labs, watching as she shook her head indicating she knew what the numbers on the page meant.
Finally, she said, “Well, you definitely have a Lyme infection, and based on these numbers (pointing at the labs) you’ve had it for quite some time!”
After hearing her words, a sigh of relief came over me and I was actually happy. For two years I had bounced around to different doctors, had labs drawn multiple times and practically lived at the physical therapist’s office.
During this time, each doctor evaluated me according to their specialty and either said they didn’t know why I was so sick and sent me to another specialist or they would diagnose me as psychosomatic, which means they thought the cause of my illness was in my head and caused by STRESS.
I was livid because I was really very sick. I knew what stress was, I had grown up and worked in the Washington DC area. I knew that what I was experiencing was not stress. Honestly the only thing that was causing me stress at the time was their misdiagnosis and lack of compassion.
At the end of the two-year mark when I finally had a positive lab test for Lyme, I initially had an appointment with my primary care physician who stated in a matter of fact way, “Your test is positive for Lyme but I believe this is a false positive and that you’re just stressed out because you have 4 children, 1 being a new baby and you’re trying to homeschool!”
Can you imagine being told that? I couldn’t walk without intense pain, every time I turned my head I strained my neck muscles; my shoulder, elbow and hip felt broken, my entire body throbbed in pain. I slept for 14- 20 hours a day, I had no memories of past events or conversations and could not process simple thoughts and tasks. I had a long list of other symptoms that none of my doctors could explain.
I verbalized my disagreement and frustration with this doctor and I stated that I would be getting a second opinion. She recommended the doctor down the hall who had been treating people with Lyme.
A few weeks later it was confirmed that I did indeed have Lyme.
I was so happy that I finally had a diagnosis, someone actually believed me and I felt that now I could begin to heal.
Most often, Lyme disease goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and can be confused with almost any other disease including cancer. It can affect every part of the body and every system and can cause inflammatory markers on lab tests to make doctors believe you have a different disease or condition.
Never settle for the “stress” diagnosis if you’re really sick and have multiple unexplained symptoms. Listen to your gut and get as many opinions as you can until you are satisfied.
Knowing what I know now through research and experience, I always think tick-borne infections first and then work my way backwards. Many doctors believe that other biting insects like flies, spiders, fleas and mosquitoes can transmit these diseases and that they are more common than previously thought.
The CDC states that each year 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme. This number is grossly understated because approximately 70% of those tested for Lyme are missed.
I always say, know your Lyme facts, educate yourself and be prepared before you need to.
Read more about why you can’t trust a Lyme test: Testing for Lyme Disease
Want to know how to find a doctor? Check out Looking for a Lyme Doctor
Here’s a handy print out to take the doctor with you if you’ve been bitten by a tick: Tick Treatment
Learn how to recognize Lyme disease in your child. Recognizing Lyme in Children