I’ve questioned this for many years, but after having my first Live Blood Analysis mere curiosity is turning into action. I’m researching local Lyme specialists to rule out Lyme or other tick-borne illnesses and co-infections. Although I’m finding long-term antibiotics to be the typical treatment, I will continue on my mission to heal my gut – not further destroy it.
It was recommended I look into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as an alternative, but the suggested 90-minute “dives” twice a day for 10 days costs $3900, which excludes lodging and rations. I prefer to go the IV Ozone route, but I need to learn more about the number of sessions and cost.
I’m also gratefully being pointed toward IGeneX, Inc., which as their website states, is a “reference laboratory specializing in state-of-the-art clinical and research testing for Lyme Disease and associated Tick-borne Diseases.” On a separate note, I’ve ordered a $99 23andMe kit to learn more about my DNA.
Chronic Lyme would definitely explain why Neurofeedback isn’t touching my chronic headaches or migraines. And also why a Paleo diet has improved many symptoms, except chronic headaches and migraines.
Looking back, I can recall being bitten by two ticks in my 41 years – once in New York and once in California. The first time I was in elementary school and the incident frightened me terribly, as you can imagine. While shampooing my hair, I felt something strange on my scalp. I rinsed the shampoo and once I got out of the shower, I parted my hair to take a look in the mirror. As I made out the wiggling, tiny hind legs of a bug, I let out a scream, which sent my mother running. The tick was burrowing into my head, and was almost halfway in. My mom had to dig into my scalp to safely remove the whole body.
It was in elementary school that I first started experiencing full-body mystery rashes, blurry vision and pain “behind my eyes.” A typical report card documented poor concentration and reading comprehension. I was sick often as a child with fevers, colds, flu, strep, bronchitis, came close to pneumonia, and growing pains were tear-filled and excruciating.
The second bite occurred a year or so after high school when my boyfriend and I went for a hike. But by that time my headaches were already pretty chronic. I didn’t experience a rash with either bite, although I may have on my scalp and it was hidden by hair. Then again, not everyone gets a rash.
Speaking of rashes, it would be interesting if Lyme has anything to do with Prurigo Pigmentosa – the fun rash I get every time I go into Ketosis.
I will continue with Neurofeedback once a week while I work on scheduling time with a Lyme specialist.