Healing from the Inside Out
Marked by debilitating fatigue, tremendous brain fog, forgetting common words, aching all over, burning in my feet and tingling in my hands, skin rashes, joint pain, muscle cramps, vision problems, mood changes, and no sleep...I know what it’s like to start and end every day feeling like you have a terrible flu.
It was crippling physically and emotionally, and pushed me to the brink of wanting to do anything to end the pain.
When I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease, the tried and true response was antibiotics. By the time of my second infection my immune system was so compromised that the nausea, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea from doxycycline sent me to the emergency room from dehydration and I was forced to stop the drug.
My faith in the medical system was destroyed. Other than prescriptions medications for treating symptoms, the Dr's had little to offer. I became desperate to find something… anything to give relief.
Chronic Lyme disease is a disintegration of the body’s ability to fight off everyday threats and heal itself. The microbes are no longer constrained by a strong immune system.
Partnering with a Lyme Literate MD, I instituted a homeopathic therapy protocol, supplements to help bolster my immune system and detox followed by a paleo diet.
About a year into this healing strategy, I developed a Frozen Shoulder (no question from the inflammation caused by all the infections I had been battling). If you've ever experienced this syndrome, you'll understand the pain and complete loss of mobility. Another set-back. Physical therapy had no effect nor did weeks of acupuncture. A cortisone shot sent me to bed convulsing with muscle spasms and a relapse of Lyme symptoms. Apparently, Lyme and steroids don't mix - who knew?
My last resort was surgery but after reading an article on frozen shoulder and strength training my gut was telling me it was time to kick it up and fight back; getting in the best shape I could manage for the sorry shape I was in. I hired a personal trainer. Within weeks, my body responded as if waiting for just this kind "therapy" and I was seeing a huge improvement in range of motion, the crushing fatigue was lifting. The muscle tremors and atrophy were disappearing, and I was on my way to healing...finally.
Over the year my neuropathy was slowly getting worse. Tingling and numbness in my feet and hands was turning into transient burning and pain but as luck would have it, The Farm bill 2018 was recently passed nationwide.
CBD to the rescue!