In September of 1998 I developed a strange collection of symptoms: frequent headaches, acute muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. Doctors did not know what was wrong. I was diagnosed with chronic pain/fatigue syndrome and given anti-depressants and an endless supply of pain medicines.

As time went on the body pain became sporadic, but the headaches became intense and chronic. I developed myriad other symptoms, including insomnia, depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, vulvodynia, and intolerance to chemicals and many foods. In 2010 I was in almost constant pain.  I began to realize that whatever this thing was, it was killing me slowly. I needed help.

I had seen fifteen different physicians by this point, but I went in search of yet another one. I found a naturopath at an Integrative Medicine Clinic at Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He thought I had either metal toxicity or Lyme Disease and referred me to another naturopathic physician who treated these conditions. In April of 2010  I was diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity and candida. I went through expensive treatment with antifungals and intravenous chelation. I had six amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite or gold. My symptoms improved somewhat, but not enough. In 2011 I also began to experience more arthritis, light sensitivity, dizziness, and vertigo.

In September of 2011 I was finally given an Igenex Western Blot test that revealed Lyme Disease and co-infections. I am currently in treatment with a Lyme literate naturopath and I am starting to recover!

I hope visitors to this site can learn from my experiences. I also hope to connect with other Lyme sufferers and further our understanding of this disease.

Feel free to email me for further information, or to share your story, at lauralymerecovery@yahoo.com.

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  1. Laura, what a story! I spent 10 months in bed because of Lyme, but I feel as though my story pales in comparison with those of so many other Lyme fighters. You must have a strong will to have kept fighting for so long. I wish you strength, courage, and peace as your recovery continues.

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