As if I needed more diagnosis’ to add to my laundry list, right?! The thing about these is that they may in fact be the root cause of most of the others! That’s really mind blowing to think about…
Anyway, here is the list of new ones…
Chronic, neurological, Lyme disease
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
and Adrenal fatigue
Whew! That’s a lot!
So this past week I embarked on treatment for the Lyme disease/bartonella…the thing about treatment is that chances are you will get much worse before you get better. It involves several different antibiotics, as well as a huge list of supplements and vitamins.
Watch the video below for more information on Lyme and Bartonella.
Overall I had a decent first week of treatment; the first day of antibiotics I experienced what is known as a “Herx” reaction. A Herx reaction is defined as “Herxheimer reaction, n.pr an increase in the number or degree of symptoms caused by a rapid destruction of antigens, cell particles, and toxins, that occur during treatment.” I took the first dose of antibiotics in the morning, and by about 6:30pm when I got home from work I felt strange, but couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong. I took the second dose soon after I got home, and by 9pm I had a headache, was having trouble holding my head up or my eyes open, I felt as though my body did not belong to me, like my brain was shut off and disconnected from the rest of my body. It was like a really bad “trip” combined with high doses of narcotics, and it was NOT as fun as that sounds. But by the next morning it had passed, and I have not had that reaction since.
Today I feel rather crummy, but in a different way. I feel as though I am coming down with a cold, even though I am fairly certain I am not. I ache, I’m tired, my throat is raw, and all I want to do is lay in a cool, dark, quiet room all day (so that is exactly what I am doing as I catch up on my blogging!). I feel as though the rest of the world is too harsh…something about the combination of lights and sounds is simply too abrasive.
As a dear friend said to me the other day “and so the roller coaster begins”.
Here’s to hoping this is the first step on a long road to living a better, healthier life. :]
Explanation of POTS:
Explanation of Lyme disease/Bartonella:
WATCH THIS VIDEO!
“Under Our Skin”
Definition of Herx: