Kim M. from Texas
How long do you believe you have had Lyme/tick-borne illness?
How long did it take you to get a diagnosis?
It took 3 years to get diagnosed.
Did you see multiple doctors before you were diagnosed with Lyme? If so, what types?
Yes I saw a cardiologist, neurologist, and a wellness doctor.
Were you diagnosed with anything else before Lyme? If so, what?
Anything else you would like to share about trying to find a diagnosis:
My last resort was to see a wellness doctor - in hindsight, I wish I went to them first. Other doctors never suggested getting tested for Lyme but this wellness doctor believed it was Lyme from all my symptoms and they suggested testing.
How long have you been treating Lyme for?
Since 2012, I have been on many protocols/antibiotics, and I finally sought out stem cell therapy in Mexico.
Do you have any coinfections? If so, which ones?
Babesia, Mycoplasma, and Bartonella.
What types of treatments have you tried?
Zhang protocol, Cowden protocol, antibiotics, ozone therapy, sauna, chelation, heat therapy, FMT in London.
List up to 5 of your biggest (past or current) symptoms:
Brain fog, joint pain, memory loss, stomach issues, depression.
What is the biggest way that Lyme has affected your life?
I became a person that I didn’t know anymore. I wasn’t social anymore and I was bedridden for years.
What do you wish people knew about Lyme Disease?
Detection is critical - People need to be proactive about a diagnosis for their symptoms. There are too few doctors that believe Lyme is a condition.
Any advice for someone newly diagnosed with Lyme?
There is no easy answer, and unfortunately everyone responds differently to treatment. What works for one person may not work for you, so keep a journal as best as you can when you start treatment to help you find a treatment that works for you.
Fun fact time! What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not attending to your Lyme?
I’ve recently started gardening and absolutely love it! I love cooking my own vegetables.