The bad news is: you test positive for Lyme.
The good news is: you test positive for Lyme
The first doctor I had spoken with about CD57 test results of 22 told me that I may have Lyme disease and that I should see a specialist.
The specialist went straight into treatment protocols and options. He determined that I had Lyme from my clinical presentation and the CD57 test.
For various reasons, I trusted and went with his plan. I am now 2 months into treatment with some symptoms already better, and some a little worse. So goes Lyme treatment. I did want some other confirmation that Lyme was the culprit. I asked for and he agreed to testing through IGeneX.
Lyme disease: n. An inflammatory disease caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is transmitted by ticks, usually characterized initially by a rash followed by flulike symptoms including fever, joint pain, and headache. (from the freedictonary)
After hours of online and book reading, I will attempt to summarize what has stuck in my brain. Please comment with any additional information or possible corrections. I will add links at the bottom of this post for those of you who wish to begin your own fact finding mission. Caution: “facts” about Lyme seem to be fuzzy. Answers seem to hinge on who you ask.
My New Workout. (Linked to Amazon)
The test results reported on the last post could lead to a label of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is an unrecognized medical diagnosis. From the reading I have done so far, it seems the only acceptable adrenal diagnosis is adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s Disease. Two of the hallmark symptoms of Addison’s are weight loss and hyper-pigmentation. I have weight gain and hypo-pigmentation. What I do have is fatigue and low blood pressure.
(UPDATE – ONE YEAR LATER)
My Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Not feeling refreshed after ample sleep
Feeling tired most of the day with more energy after 6pm
Salt and sugar cravings
Feeling dizzy when standing up
Difficulty recovering after stress or heavy workouts (may take days)
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue