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Lyme Disease - Symptoms and Treatment

Have you, or someone else you know, been trying to figure out health problems without any solution?

You might have gotten a diagnose like ME, chronic fatigue syndrom, fibromyalgia, somatization disorder, without knowing the cause. In either case, this article will be worth reading!

Some say it is the fastest growing epidemic in the world. Others claim it to be the fastest growing infection in North America, and that it is growing faster than AIDS. For certain it is spreading rapidly. Only in United States, cases of Lyme disease almost doubled between 2004 and 2009. My 10 fingers are not enough to count how many people I know that finally have gotten the diagnose. I also know many people that have many of the symptoms, but still haven’t checked themselves for lyme disease.

Symptoms: Fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, pain:”pins and needles” / shooting or stabbing pain / burning sensations in feet and hands, muscle twitches / muscle cramps, numbness, migraine / head ache, tremor, fever, often sick / flu-like symptoms / infections and inflammations, chills, tinnitus / ringing in ears, swollen lymph nodes / “swollen glands”, swollen joints, stiffness, sleeping difficulties / insomnia, concentration difficulties, cognitive problems, brain fog, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, confusion /disorientation, difficulty finding words, unexplained skin rashes, heart problems: abnormal heart rhythm / irregular heart beat, heart failure, meningitis paralysis, etc.
Some people have even become blind blind from it.

The symptoms can develop fast, or it can come sneaking through several months and even years.
There are many, struggling with this disease who have not knowingly been bitten by a tick, or had the classical red rash after a bite.
Short facts about Lyme Disease:
1. The disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (a spirochete) called Borrelia Burgdorferi. It is transmitted through ticks, but there seems to be other ways to get infected as well. It can affect multiple organs which will give many different symptoms. Ticks like to stay in wet places: in grass, or on bushes. Inspect your body for ticks after you have been in the nature.
2. It is a clinical diagnosis. Right now there are no blood tests that can tell for sure, and the common one that people usually take is very inaccurate. (This is a big problem!)
3. Less than 50% that are infected have actually seen a tick bite on their body. Some studies say as low as 15 %. Less than 50% will get a red rash.
4. If you are infected, you often get co-infections as well, which makes the treatment harder. (Babesia, Twar, Erlichia, Bartonella, Anaplasma, etc.)
5. Lyme disease is often called the great imitator, because it imitates many diseases. You can get all kinds of symptoms which may look like another neurological, mental or rheumatic disease. (Multiple sclerosis, alzheimer, parkinson, migraine, lupus, ALS, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, vertigo, ADD, ADHD, etc. )
6. Lyme disease weakens your immune system, and it may affect your nerve system after a while and cause permanent damage, if you don’t get treated early enough. For this reason, you may soon get infected by other infections which makes your situation complicated. Many people struggle with a complex of a multi infection, and it is often hard to find out exactly what the different infections are. This of course makes it harder to treat. But there is still hope!
There has not been made sufficient studies that proves that 30 days with antibiotics is enough to get rid of lyme disease. Yet, these are today’s guidelines that most doctors follow. Many that are infected and get treated for a month, may get sick later in life. Fortunately there are doctors with more knowledge and experience who treat their patients longer than 30 days. There are LLMD’s – Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, that may be able to help you. Some people need to be treated for many months, and even several years before they get better.
Additional treatments
There are a variety of treatments out there. While long term oral and intravenous antibiotics have cured some, it seems that more guidelines are needed for many to get completely well.
While antibiotics may help to kill the infection, it also weakens the immune system in the body. Thus alone, it is not solving the problem. Our lifestyle is important for the healing process.

Natural treatments are more and more used by LLMD’s, either in combination with antibiotics or alone. There are many people which have tried antibiotics with no change, while natural remedies helped them getting cured.
Let’s take a look at some alternatives:

  1. Lifestyle/Herb Protocol (Wildwood/Sonnmatt)
    Sonnmatt version
    Mike Bunnel / Wildwood version
    This natural treatment protocol has a lot of good principles that can be tried out. As you see there are two versions of it.
  2. Cowden Protocol
    Many of the principles of the lifestyle/herb protocol can be followed while trying the Cowden Protocol, recommended by many good doctors. This has helped many with lyme disease, and also with co-infections, especially where antibiotics has failed.
  3. CVP Health Lyme Protocol
    This natural treatment is from cvp-health.de. Send a message to service@cvp-health.de / info@pluspoints-pharm.com and ask for more information on lyme disease treatment and/or mention the products below.
    The treatment plan I have been told includes the following:
    1. APP plus
    2. TBB plus
    These have immune stimulating and bacteria killing effects.
    3. DRC plus – For detox.
    4. Energy plus can also be used, but the three above is the most important.
    All these are to be taken 2×2 a day with meals.
  4. Modern Manna Detox Program
    Danny Vierra and Bellavita Lifestyle Center, in California have had good results with lyme disease through their detox program. (See pdf as well)
    Their detox-plan is 10 days, but if you have had lyme disease for a while, you will have to go longer. Contact them for more information.
Fever Treatment
Fever treatment is very efficient (also in combination with antibiotics or natural remedies).
Hyperthermia – Borrelia prefer temperatures below that of the body. Using hot showers, baths, or saunas at temperatures of up to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) for 20-30 minutes daily to raise the body temperature is a helpful therapy for treating borreliosis. Borrelia species are especially sensitive to the combination of antibiotics and heat. Raising the body temperature also dilates the peripheral circulation and increases the permeability of the blood vessels throughout the body. These physiological changes assist in the delivery of antibiotics to all areas of the body increasing the amount of antibiotics able to penetrate and reach the borrelia. Hyperthermia improves the effect of antibiotic therapy by approximately 16 times.

http://autoimmunityresearch.org/lyme-disease

Cold laser treatment
This is another alternative to try, especially with the Erchonia cold lasers. You can go to their website and search for clinics all over the world that use their lasers. The good thing about this treatment is that it has no documented side effects. Not all of the registered clinics are familiar with lyme treatment, but they should have a book of guidelines on different treatments with this laser, including for lyme disease, so just ask. It is especially good if you are on an antibiotic protocol or herb protocol. The lasers are more used in North America than for instance Europe.
Lyme disease lifestyle healing treatment
Your lifestyle is very important
Nutrition
The recovery process of chronic Lyme disease does not only demand treatment, but in many cases also a major change of your lifestyle! Don’t feed the bacterias with things they like. A plant based diet will have many benefits. It is important to eat more alkaline food and cut out the acidic foods, since lyme disease often cause an acidic environment in the body. Eat more natural and organic food. Stay away from sugar (and cut down on carbohydrates), eat plenty of vegetables, make vegetable juices, eat whole foods (Not white breads, etc.) Be careful with free fats, especially bad fats. Stay away from alcohol and other stimulants.
Some supplements that may be considered taking is: Vitamin D (it’s often low), Q10, Selenium, B12, Vitamin C, Milk thistle, Probiotics. (See these guidelines by Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano)
Exercise, Air, Water and Temperance
Exercise, not to hard, but stay active. Go out in the sunshine and get some fresh air every day.
Drink enough water, at least 2-3 liters a day. Stay way from stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco and coffee.
Rest and Trust
Get enough sleep, and don’t stress. Talk to people around you and get a supportive network.

Dozens and dozens of people have been contacting me regarding lyme disease. Their pain, struggle and desperation is speaking loud. I know the pain, I know the suffering and trial. I’m in the same boat. I’ve struggled since I was 14 years old with pain, sickness, fatigue and many other symptoms. Finally I had to leave my job because of it, and later being abandoned by the health care and welfare system as well as friends. Very disappointing! I know it is the same for many of you out there.

One thing I know for certain – if it had not been for God, I would not have made it thus far. I don’t know whether you believe in God or not. But really, what would you loose of seeking Him. Pick up the Bible, and read. There are so many promises that have been helpful for me. Talk to Him. He has promised to answer. He knows how you feel, He has a plan for you, and wants to help you. It is hard sometimes to be positive about things in life, but it is not impossible. In a dark and challenging time, stretch out your hand to Him that makes the weak strong. Jesus said: “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28). It is worth a try, it won’t hurt you. I am sure that it will help you to think more positively and make changes for good!

I am actually thankful for this trying experience. Really? Yes. You see, this made me value life more, this made me be much more aware of my health, taking more care of my body. I have found that true meaning in life is serving God and others. I hope you will get a taste of this as well.

Here is a short unofficial music video of my experience, along with the words of the song:

A great book that I want to recommend is Steps to Christ, one of the world’s most sold books.

What to do now?
In addition to the suggested lifestyle changes and treatments above, it is important that you get in touch with a good doctor, that has lots of knowledge about lyme disease, and that use good testing methods. Ask ILADS for a doctor in your area.
If you think that you have been bitten by a tick, be aware of symptoms, also later in life! Treatment of lyme disease is most effective when begun early. Even if you have been treated with 30 days of antibiotics by a regular doctor, it may not enough to kill all the bacterias. You might get better, but you might also get worse later in life and then it will be harder to treat.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Resources
This is a trailer to a must see movie about patients that are misdiagnosed, people that are very sick, and about doctors that get sued for for treating people longer.