- Last Updated: 27 April 2013 27 April 2013
Dr. Stoff, who had helped me through my first bought with chronic illness, was no longer practicing as he had moved full-time into research. He did, however, refer me to a doctor that he consulted with nearby my home. I was subsequently diagnosed with probable parasitic infections, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Candida, and multiple food allergies. It seemed all too familiar, and yet, it was no less frightening.
The piles of medical bills and test results once again reached significant proportions. I was treated for parasitic and fungal infections with a month-long combination of drugs. The parasitic testing this time did not show any active infection though this seemed the logical course of action given my almost identical symptoms. I began to feel better, but about a month after the treatment ended, the symptoms reappeared. I was subsequently put on another combination of drugs for 28 more days. This combination seemed to have made some progress as many of the symptoms improved. At that point, I thought I was starting my road back to recovery. Well, I was wrong...
In summer of 2005, I started a new therapy to help with the severe food allergies called BioSET™. At this point, I was unable to eat milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, soy, wheat, oats, barley, or rye. I found that I was not only allergic to foods, but I was also allergic to the very supplements that I was taking to get well. It was an amazing process to see how BioSET™ works. On my very first appointment, the practitioner said that I likely had Lyme disease and numerous co-infections, specifically naming Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, and Babesia. I went back to my MD and asked for tests to be run for Lyme. The blood tests did in fact show a high IgG titer for Ehrlichiosis and an equivocal result for Lyme via IGeneX Western Blot. When this happened, I was even more convinced that energetic medicine is real and that it can do amazing things for people.
Shortly thereafter, I went to a doctor that specializes in Lyme-related conditions and was given an official diagnosis of Lyme Disease. My subsequent blood testing showed infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the main culprit in Lyme Disease. I also showed exposure to Bartonella and exposure to Babesia was also confirmed. With my previous Ehrlichia diagnosis, I now had all of the common Lyme disease co-infections, and guess what? I didn't even get a T-shirt or a certificate!
I started down the road for the treatment of Lyme and have every expectation that my situation will continue to improve. As of late 2012, I am back to about 90% of my former self. I still treat aggressively though I have been off all antibiotics now for four years. I still have some distance to travel, but I hope that my experiences will be of value to you. I've learned so many things on this journey and I hope to be able to share a few of them with you here.
Please visit the Lyme Disease section of the site for more details on this often challenging and misunderstood condition.
In Better Health,
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