Imagine, if you can, every muscle hurting or cramping all day, all night with no relief. No matter how you sit, stand or lie down, there is always pain. You can't stretch because your muscles clench into a cramp. Then there is the dull headache most days with an itchy scalp, hands and feet. Add to that stabbing pain shooting up from your heels when you walk, the open, bleeding, itching rash and yeast infection. Your face burns as if you have a fever, but your hands are ice cold, your neck stiff and tight. You are tired, tired, tired, but you can only sleep 2 or 3 hours at a time. Knees lock up or swell with water retention, keeping you from exercising. Sinus' running, teeth and eye infections are all common. The doctor(s) have told you it's in your head, or you have "reached the age of such difficulties", you have fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS, and the list goes on and on.
The bull's eye, the fact that Morgantown, Pa., is infected with deer tick, and family have Lyme disease should be a "three strikes you are out" red flag to be tested for Lyme disease. The doctors don't seem to want to recognize the epidemic going on right before their eyes.
I tried very hard to go the natural route to cure my Lyme disease, but felt by the end of 2013 that it was taking over my body, and I started praying for a solution, a cure for Lyme, not a band aid to mask my symptoms. My husband was talking with a friend in town and came home with information about a doctor who could help me.
I had an appointment with Dr. Gregory Bach within 3 days, not WEEKS! He started me immediately on antibiotics, mega vitamins and probiotics. He did blood tests, an EKG and several other things. All on the first visit. He took the time to listen to me. Within days I could feel relief from the water retention, and pain in my legs and head. Within 30 - 40 days I was feeling muscle relief, my exhaustion was not as great and the infections in my sinus, teeth and ears cleared up. I have kept a brief journal, day by day, how I feel and share it with Dr. Bach every month.
I do not know how long I have had Lyme disease - maybe 20 or more years. I have the classic case of Lyme disease. The blood tests do say that. It also says that I don't have arthritis or MS. I recognize that it will take time for me to heal. I have some herxheimer symptoms still going on, but I give my body time to rest and heal. I am going on 90 days and have some symptoms of Lyme left. My rash of 3 years has dried up, however, it has left scars which I might have for a long time. The burning face has resided to about an hour every other day or so. Many nights I sleep thru till about 6 a.m. I have started walking and will be back swimming soon. My husband has promised me a membership to the pool whenever I am ready.
I do take my vitamins and meds faithfully. I dare not forget or slip. Lyme's works in cycles, and eggs may lay dormant for long periods of time before they hatch. I need to stay on the meds long enough to kill these insidious invaders. I cannot say how grateful I am to be feeling this good, and want to share my story with as many people as will listen. I am 64, a mother of 5 children and have 17 grandchildren. I do not want to miss any time with any of them.