One of my biggest struggles in trying to heal from Lyme disease has been trying to figure out the best treatment plan for me. Lyme is so different for everyone. There isn’t any one treatment that works for all of us and since this journey is such a personal experience, it’s hard to know which way to go. What works for one person may not work for another. I’ve seen many, many doctors and have traveled many hours away from home and even out of the state to get help. I just wanted to talk about some of the doctors I’ve visited and their programs that didn’t work for me.
When I was first diagnosed, the only option that was given to me at the time was antibiotic therapy. I thought that was the only way to treat my disease so I jumped right in. I had to travel out of the state to visit a doctor that was recommended to me since he had a great success rate with antibiotic therapy. I spent about 7 months doing multiple antibiotics every day until I just couldn’t tolerate it anymore. I wasn’t seeing any improvement, they were tearing up my stomach and each time I’d go back to the doctor, I’d get another antibiotic thrown at me since I wasn’t improving quick enough according to his time table.
Once I decided to stop antibiotic therapy, I went back to my roots of natural medicine. It was a huge deal for me to even consider using antibiotics in the first place because I was raised in a home that practiced natural healing but I was so desperate for healing that I thought it was my only option.
I had visited a naturopathic doctor that was recommended to me as well who then put me on the Cowden protocol of herbal medicine along with other supplements. It seemed to have some improvements up front but not enough to say that this program was working. After about 6 months with that treatment plan, I had to stop and find another option since I wasn’t getting better. It was quite frustrating since I’ve heard of a lot of people having success on this protocol. Here is a link to the protocol for anyone who is interested.
I then found another herbalist who I’m currently working with who has me on a treatment plan that is totally different than what I’ve tried before. She does Quantum Reflex Analysis to muscle test my body to see what supplements I need. We are doing a comprehensive plan of detoxing, supplements and emotional work. I’m hoping this is going to be the golden ticket for me and that I will heal on this program but you never know and I can’t live in the future. I’m taking it day by day, minute by minute and will trust my body to heal itself as long as I give it the tools it needs.
I’ve seen many bad doctors like one who spent about an hour berating me saying that I must not be as sick as I’m claiming since I wanted to discuss his treatment plan with my primary care doctor before starting it. He then proceeded to tell me that I must be Catholic because I like punishment and wanted me to start birth control pills to stop my period even though I wasn’t complaining to him about it. I paid $1,000 to be treated horribly. I then drove about 6 hours to see another doctor who ignored us when we walked into the room, didn’t bother saying hello. We literally sat in silence for 10 minutes while he looked at his computer. He then said, “So you think you have Lyme disease?” I told him I do have Lyme at which point he asked me to prove it. I told him it’s right in his hands on the lab test that showed I have it. While I was in the middle of answering his question about my symptoms, he interrupted me to take two different phone calls. He didn’t want to discuss the treatment with my primary care doctor because he was afraid my doctor would steal his secrets. But at least he only cost $600 which was cheaper than the last jerk.
Sometimes you have to go through horrible things to find the right plan and doctor for you. Just don’t give up on yourself. There are good doctors, there are answers, we can heal, you just have to have faith.
“What is broken can be mended. What’s hurt can be healed. No matter how dark it gets the sun is gonna rise again.”