Constant fatigue, swollen glands, sore throat,
joint pain and stiffness, back pain, muscle cramps and weakness,
confusion and difficulty thinking, with an inability to concentrate.
I wasn’t able to absorb new information so learning and
comprehending anything new was close to impossible.
I had problems with using the wrong words and not able to
communicate clearly. I would know what I wanted to say, but
something else would come out. There were many times when I would
say the very opposite of what I meant to say. It was like I could
feel a short circuit in my brain. This is a real problem when you’re
a public speaker and you do live radio talk shows.
I began reversing numbers and words when writing. I had a constant
dull headache with nausea. Vision trouble with blurry vision with
lots of floaters. My ears would hurt and itch and yet there was
never any wax in my ears they were constantly dry. This is
apparently a common lyme disease symptom.
t times I had buzzing in my ears. I experienced lots of motion
sickness and vertigo. I hated that cause I loved roller coasters and
action films. Now they made me sick. So did cars and trucks passing
my while I was driving. This was a problem since I travel long
distances to teach.
Different muscles would just start jumping around or twitching in
different places in my body with out warning. It was so weird
because I could just sit there and watch my fingers jump around or a
place on my leg would begin moving up and down, up and down without
me doing anything to cause it.
I had constant insomnia. Heartburn with chest pain. The chest pain
is scary because how do you know if your having a heart attack or
not? I also experienced Heart palpitations through out the day.
I was either depressed or fighting depression everyday of my life.
Another common symptom with Lyme. I would have a panic attack out of
the blue that took lots of self talk to get under control. I would
have them right in the middle of my consultations. But I hid it very
well. No one knew what was happening to me, but me. The whacky
emotional up's and down's drove me crazy as well as those close to
I lacked the energy to do anything. It was like 'the real me' was
trapped somewhere in this dark hole unable to fight my way out.
There were days when I would feel a little better and I would
attempt to get everything that had been neglected done. On those
days I would frantically run around the house cleaning, doing paper
work, cleaning bird cages, make phone calls, and all the other
things I hadn’t been able to get done for weeks. It was difficult
because my legs always felt like they were walking through mud. That
would make me tired quickly.
I would have sharp jabbing pains pop up in different places of my
body all through out the day. The most painful was this hot poker
pain that would strike my eyes. It would totality cripple me until
it passed. Then my eyes would just water and water for some time
after the pain had finally stopped.
So I spent most of my time just sitting and sitting. I just did not
have the energy or ability to move. No more long walks, which I
loved. As a result I experienced lots of weight gain.
There were other symptoms that came and went but the symptoms listed
above were pretty much constant.
I was becoming terrified. What was wrong with me? I made my living
helping folks figure out what was going on with them and here I was
in this desperate situation. Since I’m an Eyologist, which is the
art/science of seeing what is going on in the physical body, I took
pictures of my eyes several different times and I would study them
to see if I could get any clue as to what was happening to me.
I could see I had lots of inflammation going on along with some kind
of bacterial infection, but I was still clueless as to what was
wrong with me. I thought I had cancer. Then I thought I had MS. Then
I thought I had Fibromyalgia or maybe Heart Disease.
Then I thought I had all of them at one time!
I thought I was dying.
My body was falling apart daily as more and more symptoms showed up.
Loosing my brain was so daunting and my depression at times was
I grieved over the loss of ’me and my life’. My best friend was gone
and instead this miserable, sick stranger had moved in who I didn’t
Then one night while laying in bed I heard the thought run through
that said, “You have Lyme disease”! Holy Cow! I thought to myself. I
forgot about those bites. I ran to my computer and looked up Lyme
and there were all of my symptoms.
The next morning I made an appointment with a Lyme Literate Doctor.
I was truly fortunate to have an LLD right here in Springfield
Missouri. He put me on a regimen of antibiotics. Within a week, much
to my relief, my symptoms began to disappear. I stayed on various
different antibiotics for over a year and continued to improve. I
pursued getting well aggressively. Some days I would take several
different kinds of antibiotics. This is called, “Pulse Therapy”.
Antibiotics helped tremendously with getting the Lyme under control
but they came with side effects causing many other health issues.
But I was so thankful that I had a Doctor who believed me and was
willing to treat me. I will forever be grateful to my LLD.
He has paid a very high price here for treating Lyme Disease
patients from his colleges. He has stuck with his patients
regardless of how his peers have attacked him.
My doctor was my Angel during a VERY dark time in my life.
All forms of healing are good and beneficial. Antibiotics ARE NOT
BAD when used properly. If I had made the choice to go on
antibiotics in the first few weeks of my first infection I would of
most likely not ended up in the shape I was in. I now found myself
with latened Lyme disease along with brain damage. I DO NOT hesitate
to tell someone to go to a medical doctor when I detect a health
issue that looks serious.
After a little over one year on antibiotics and natural products a
lot of my symptoms were much less, or gone. I choose to take a break
from the constant intake of antibiotics and remained on my natural
products to keep myself feeling well. I was still sick on and off
constantly. I always had a dull stiff neck, fatigue, weak, and brain
fog. My legs always felt heavy like I walking through mud. But I
felt my symptoms were manageable and tolerable. I didn’t not want to
continue on antibiotics everyday for the rest of my life. As much as
they helped, they did have long term nasty side effects. I stayed on
a constant regiment of natural products to hopefully keep the Lyme
disease symptoms under control.
STRESS IS A KEY FACTOR!