Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…but heaven will direct it.
That is my Shakespeare mash-up for the week. Shakespeare seemed to enjoy connecting the health of kings with the health of their kingdoms. Towards the end of last year this seemed to be playing out at my job. The worse I felt, the worse my clinic was doing. As I started to feel better, work seemed to pick up. But, alas, it was but a short reprieve. My position had shifted from a clinical focus to a more managerial and marketing focus. As marketing is my Achilles heel, I sat across from my boss last Friday and had “the talk”:
Let’s Just be Friends
I went back to my LLMD after a month off antibiotics. Progress has been teasing, but I am not “there” yet. He is not 100% on why, so we decided to adjust the treatment and go at it another way. I am now on a Lyme/Bartonella protocol that is targeting cyst forms of the Lyme. Apparently, Lyme bacteria come in different forms and can hide out in biofilm and/or cysts. Different antibiotics and natural products tend to target different forms deferentially. After the first week, I am feeling better.
After taking 8,000 I.U. of sub-lingual D3 every day for several months my level was still only 36 (goal 60-80). So, he told to increase to 10,000 for now. I will also change brands to see if that helps at all.
As a side note, I listened to the recording of my visit and I am a bad patient. Poor guy was trying to figure out the puzzle and I answered his questions worse than a politician. He must have been wondering if I had even heard the questions.
Supportive treatment changes (by me, not ordered)
I am DONE with antibiotics! Well, for at least a month. <doing cartwheels>
After a little over 4 months, I have been told to kick the anti-life pills to the curb. The plan is to try and balance out my system and see how I feel.
Dance with me:
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.
Just some information so that others may learn from my wacky world….
I have found a new way to sabotage myself. Vitamin overdose attacked my legs last week. B vitamins can be great for nerves, but more is not better. My adrenal support supplement has some B6 in it and the B12 supplement I take, apparently, also has some B6.
In the past, when patients would ask me about vitamins for their nerves, I would say that I know B vitamins can be really helpful but there is one that can increase nerve symptoms…so ask your doctor or pharmacist.
After experiencing neuropathy type symptoms in my lower legs, I will never forget which one is which! Luckily, peripheral neuropathy symptoms caused by B6 usually reverse quickly. I immediately felt better once I stopped taking B6. I now have a B12 supplement that is ONLY B12.
Safe supplementing everyone!
Random Rainbow Capture Last Week
What is a Herx Reaction?
The formal name is Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction. To keep it short, the theory is that there are some pathogens that, when killed off, release toxins. These toxins can make symptoms worse or even add a few new ones. Not everyone has a Herx reaction but some people have very severe reactions that make it impossible to continue treatment. For another blogger’s take click here.
The Trouble With Herxing
After reading some of the stories that Mr. Google showed me, I was a little nervous about the possibility. My LLMD understood that I needed to keep working and functioning at a high level, so he adjusted my protocol to what he thought would work best. [Or, he uses this protocol on everyone, because, it is better than having your patients bedridden and cursing your name.] I also began a preemptive strike. Eating, drinking and vitamining my way to detox nirvana. I have some days that are not as good as others, but that fits the normal pattern of life. I cannot say that I have had an identifiable Herx reaction (knocking on wood right now).
No! Not Bugs!!
The down side of not having a distinct reaction, is that there is no feeling of confirmation that we are on the right path of little bug homicide.
For now, I will be happy with some gradual symptom change.
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