My road to recovery and how I treat myself

Wow, where to start!

I had just had my positive diagnosis back from Armin Labs in Germany.  It was confirmed, I had Lyme disease.  Well, in fact I had chronic Lyme disease because I had been bitten 15 years ago!  I wasn't a few weeks in to this illness, I was 15 whole years in to it!

I had no idea where to start on my road to recovery...

My GP doesn't have the foggiest about Lyme disease, neither do any of his colleagues, nor does anyone at the infectious diseases clinic in Bradford.  In fact there isn't one Lyme disease specialist within the whole of the NHS!  Can you believe that...NOT ONE SINGLE LYME SPECIALIST!  YIKES!  OH MY GOD....what do I do????

This was scary and I felt very, very alone!

I didn't know anyone else with the disease, I didn't know who to ask, so I asked google!

My weekly supplement popping!

I researched and researched Lyme disease and healing

Until I stumbled across various US articles, one in an online US magazine! It was very indepth and quite unusual for a magazine. I recognised and understood a lot of what it said on how to heal and hopefully overcome the disease. I gathered other heaps of other healing information and management skills from elsewhere and began my new journey.

I was left with no choice but to heal myself

I took elements from various findings, those which seemed most appropriate, and recommendations on various supplements and herbs, some of which I had never heard and some of which were simply brand names.  Don't get me wrong, this was a confusing and very daunting task but I had to do something, I had to help myself, nobody else was... it seemed my only way forward.  It gave me hope and brought a smile to my face.  So I began to take notes and made my supplement list from my findings.

I ordered everything on my list and waited for them all to arrive.  My plan was to start taking them all on the same day for maximum impact.  I didn't want to do it in dribs and drabs, I wanted to knock these horrible little Lyme bacteria for six!!!  Ha!

The morning of being in receipt of all these new supplements had arrived and I was excited. I felt extremely apprehensive,  I didn't know what to expect but I had a feeling it would be good, I could just feel it!  I was so excited!

After popping supplements for only 3 days,  I woke up from the Lyme hell of drudgery I had been living in for the last 15 years.  It was amazing!  It was like somebody had flicked a switch and said heres your life back!

I felt like I had returned from hell!

How I treat myself

First thing before anything else 2 activated charcoal tablets 500mg each, they help to get rid of the toxins that have built up over night then after an hour 1 x vitamin d3 1,000 mg (only 1 a week now) 1 x undecylenic acid capsule 3 x st. johns wort 600mg - I take 3 of these and stagger them throughout the day, I don't take these all at once I take a vitamin c 400mg 1 x omega 3 fish oil 2 x magnesium, again separately throughout the day at 500mg each 1 x serrapeptase 250,000 iu milkthistle and dandelion liver cleanse 1850mg and then last thing at night I have an extremely powerful 50 billion probiotic, afterall they say your health starts in your gut!!

I know it seems alot and you've probably never heard of some of these, I hadn't but blimey have they turned my life around. From being virtually bedridden up until I started on the above, I am now definitely not bedridden. I feel alive, I feel well and I am actually living my life again now. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't an instant miracle, I have had many herxheimer reactions along the way (thats what its called when some of the bacteria die off), but I have recovered swiftly and I'm at a point now that I can't actually remember my last one! Whoop!

The downside, sorry there usually is one! For alot of Lymies, we were diagnosed too late. We were beyond the cure from the antibiotis, which can only happen in the early stages. Often, those who have suffered for years find they have developed another illness along the way, triggered by the Lyme. For me it's an illness called MCAS, which basically means I have allergic reactions to everyday things like chemicals in the atmosphere and loads of different foods! Alas, another learning curve for me, which I am cracking again!!!

If anyone reading this can take a little comfort that there is hope then I will give myself a pat on the back. I don't want anyone to suffer at the hands of those horrible bacterial spirochetes, they're nasty and will try to ruin you. Think positively and keep your glass half full. I'm only here at the end of a message if anyone wants to talk. Take care all and beware the bloody tick!!! Lisa xxx