I spent over 20 years of my life with undiagnosed Lyme. Even though, most of the time, I didn’t look ill, I was very sick! Often, I was unable to attend school and work for days, weeks, and even months at a time. There were times when I could not even get out of bed. I was misdiagnosed with a plethora of symptoms and mystery illnesses, including: angina, palpitations, heart arrhythmias, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, memory loss, trouble concentrating, severe allergies, dermatitis, multiple chemical sensitivity, migraine headaches, sinusitis, gallbladder disease, thyroid disorder, and arthritis. No doctor, nobody, could understand why I felt so bad most of the time.
The Friday before Labor Day in 2010, out on a lovely walk through the woods with my sister, we were both bitten by Lyme-infected ticks. She found hers, and had a bullseye rash, seeking immediate medical attention and starting antibiotics right away. I didn’t know that ticks could be the size of a poppy seed, and couldn’t find one. Thought I was safe (little did I know). Days later, I developed a very itchy spot on my back, between my shoulder blades, a 10-day headache, achy knees, a stiff neck, and a fever.
Turns out, I had actually been RE-infected that day. My body did not develop a bullseye rash. Neither did my Lyme blood test come back positive. Most doctors don’t correctly diagnosed Lyme disease because of these common occurences, unless they have special training in tick-borne illnesses. When I was 16 and first bitten by a tick, there was no bullseye rash (or rash whatsoever) then, either. Typical, for 75% of Lyme cases.
I found a Lyme doctor who diagnosed me with Lyme and also with a malaria-like blood parasite called Babesia microti, also a tick-borne disease. She extended my original course of antibiotics from 10-days to 2 months, but she was over 4 hours away and I have been unable to afford to go back. So, I started making and taking (ionic) colloidal silver orally, but still have a long road of recovery ahead- my LLMD said I would need at least one month of treatment for every year I have had Lyme. Still, after 3 years of being diagnosed and almost 3 years of making/using colloidal silver, I feel better than I have in decades, and for that I am very, very grateful. And no- I haven’t turned blue. 😉
If my sister hadn’t gotten bitten that day and developed a rash (this was her very first tick bite), I would have never known what had been making me sick from the ages of 16-36 years old, OR why I developed the acute Lyme symptoms after that walk in the woods. I hope and pray that her 2 weeks of treatment was enough, even though it isn’t for many, despite what the CDC says. (Update- I made CS for my sister and she took it for a year, just to be safe & she seems to be doing fine!!!)
I created this website because there is so much information, good and bad, on the web about Lyme Disease- this is the site I wish I had found when I started researching and learning about Lyme. I hope it helps at least one person get the medical attention they need sooner than I did, by seeking a proper diagnosis from a Lyme-Literate Medical Doctor. The sooner you know Lyme, the sooner you can treat it. It is impossible to fight a disease you don’t even know you have. Good luck on your healing journey. God Bless!
***Disclaimer- I am not a doctor, just a person who has chronic, late-stage Lyme Disease, and I do not prescribe, diagnose or treat! I am just sharing my opinions and experiences on my path to health and wellness, and recommend that anyone with Lyme Disease find a Lyme-Literate Medical Doctor and follow a prescribed and Dr-supervised treatment plan.