Lyme is the great imitator. Many health problems could actually be Lyme. In my case, it is possible that both my seizures and my diabetes symptoms are caused by Lyme.
Lyme often causes chronic fatigue and may go undiagnosed for a very long time. It weakens the immune system and invites in "friends": parasites, viruses, bacteria, molds, fungi. These friends, the co-infections, are what cause noticeable symptoms.
In those, like me, who have had exposure to toxic black mold, Lyme has the opportunity to come to light. Since good gut bacteria are crucial for fighting off mold, antibiotics are not a good idea for fighting Lyme. Antibiotics wipe out both bad AND good gut bacteria, giving mold the opportunity to thrive and wreak havoc.
In those without toxic mold exposure, antibiotic protocols can help resolve Lyme disease, but the Lyme can come back. Antimicrobial protocols, however, have been proven effective long-term against Lyme. The two recommended to me were the Buhner protocol and the Cowden protocol. I plan to follow the Cowden protocol to start with.
Here is a facebook support group for using these herbal protocols:
6050 - Complete Lyme Panel**:
Includes Test 230 Lyme IFA**
188 IgM Western Blot
189 IgG Western Blot
453 Lyme PCR, serum
456 Lyme PCR, whole blood
It has been recommended that I see an LLMD (lyme literate doctor) to get this test. Fortunately, the holistic MD I have been seeing stocks this test kit. I will be picking up the test kit from the office and taking it to a place called "Any Lab Test Now", who will draw my blood ($35 for this service), process it, and get it sent off to Igenex.
I took 20 drops of each in morning, 20 of each in the evening.
I started at 1-2 drops, then 5 drops, then 10, then 15, then 20, over a 3-day period, continuing at the 20 drops twice/day for 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks on the anti-microbials, I took one week off so that my body could start making antibodies that would show up on the Lyme test.
Apparently, since doctors can get in trouble for treating Lyme, many will not diagnose it despite positive markers for Lyme. Here are some links from those in the Lyme antimicrobials group, who helped me at the time of my diagnosis.
How to decipher Igenex test results
Breakdown of Igenex test bands
And this picture shows which test bands are strongly related to Lyme. Apparently any of these bands indicate a Lyme infection: