Amanda D. from California
How long do you believe you have had Lyme/tick-borne illness?
How long did it take you to get a diagnosis?
Did you see multiple doctors before you were diagnosed with Lyme? If so, what types?
Yes. Primary care physician, respiratory therapist, allergist, cardiologist, electrophysiologist, gastroenterologist, naturopath...
Were you diagnosed with anything else before Lyme? If so, what?
It was thought that I had asthma, benign positional vertigo, anxiety...Mostly I was passed around and around to doctors.
Anything else you would like to share about trying to find a diagnosis:
Don't let them make you think you're crazy!!!
How long have you been treating Lyme for?
I treated for approximately 2 years.
Do you have any coinfections? If so, which ones?
Babesia, Bartonella, Candida.
What types of treatments have you tried?
Herbs, herbal tinctures, essential oils, supplements.
List up to 5 of your biggest (past or current) symptoms:
Veritgo/dizziness, abdominal pain, migraines, arthritis, insomnia.
What is the biggest way that Lyme has affected your life?
It inspired me to find effective treatments so I could help not only myself, but also my husband and son (we were all sick together - but are now in remission). I am now in school to become a traditional naturopath and master herbalist so I can help others heal from this terrible illness. I am also a Reiki Practitioner which came about from having Lyme.
What do you wish people knew about Lyme Disease?
Most people do not get a rash. Many people do not remember getting a tick bite. CDC testing has a low accuracy rate. It is possible to get a diagnosis based on symptoms.
Any advice for someone newly diagnosed with Lyme?
It is very important to work with a doctor that understands Lyme and the proper testing. It is easy to become overwhelmed - try to get your information from sources where people are positive so you can stay in a better frame of mind for healing.
Fun fact time! What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not attending to your Lyme?
I am in remission, and once I reached that point, I became a Reiki Practitioner. I love to work with Lyme patients by giving them Reiki to help them heal.
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