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 firstname.lastname@example.org.