Bartonella

You may have one or all of these symptoms.
Callie had two of the symptoms and tested positive for Bartonella.
Bartonella is one of Lymes favorite friends.
Lyme never comes alone it brings.  It often brings other infections with it.  Thus, creating tons of symptoms.  By creating tons of symptoms, this makes Lyme hard to diagnose.

Igenex Labs are where you want your tests sent.  They know what to do and how to do it and what to test for.  Please do not settle for less than the best.

Bartonella

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Fibromyalgia is Undiagnosed Lyme

Fibromyalgia is undiagnosed Lyme.  There’s no other way to say it but to actually say “Fibro is undiagnosed Lyme”.  There is no question in my mind.  Let that sink in.

Do not sit around while you are hurting and taking pills to end that hurt, please, this can be fixed!  Igenex Labs is the only lab to properly test for Lyme.  Ask questions, do not settle, get tested, get better.

We can fix this and get you back to living!

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Every Lyme Patient Has the EXACT Same Story

Every Lyme Patient Has the EXACT Same StoryEvery Lyme Patient Has the EXACT Same Story.  Sadly, most all medical doctors will not recognize early Lyme.  They simply are not educated in that area.  Our doctors were all wonderful, but nothing worked.

When it moves to the chronic phase, you must find a doctor that is Lyme literate.  If you do not do this, you will be misdiagnosed.

It took us 10 doctors and 4 years including specialist at Kosair’s and Vanderbilt before we got proper testing and diagnosis.

Every Lyme patient has the exact same story.

If you have symptoms you need a Lyme test.  Igenex Labs.

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Uncontrollable Crying

Uncontrollable Crying:  so here’s your weird Lyme fact for the day!
It didn’t happen often but two days while at school I got texts that said:

“Mom – please come to get me immediately. For some reason, I need to cry and I cannot hold it back any longer.” “I’m afraid I’m going to start sobbing in front of everyone.”

It also happened two times at night while at home.  There was no real reason for, it at the time.  I just assumed she had hit a rough spot and was simply exhausted from the battle.


She says now she felt silly because she had no reason to be sobbing.  Yet, she couldn’t stop.  I asked permission to share this as it is super personal.  Callie’s response is to share everything, even the ugly if it helps someone else.

 

Uncontrollable Crying

These are NOT Stretch Marks

These are NOT Stretch Marks.
These are Bartonella marks a co-infection of Chronic Lyme Disease.

Many people that have Lyme think they have stretch marks but actually, they are Bartonella marks.  Barts is an especially nasty one.


Barts has MANY symptoms including:
Unexplained fevers
Anxiety/Panic attacks
Severe rage
Muscle tremors
Memory loss
Depression
Polyps around major organs
Intravascular disease
Eye disorders and vision loss
Sharp frontal headaches
Weight gain

Anorexia
Gastritis
Fatigue
Swollen lymph nodes
Fainting
Muscle weakness
Brain fog
And many more…

Thanks to Bartonella our Callie fainted for six years.  Six years of no driving, no swimming alone, no participating is normal teenage things that might cause her harm.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Callie had proper testing early so we could have fixed his before she missed so much “normal”?

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Now it is Time to Freak Out

Profound Fatigue

Profound Fatigue…I know we are all tired, all the time haha. But…
Lyme is extreme fatigue.
Callie fell asleep every day in the school parking lot coming home.  After soccer games, she was out the second she got into the car.  Insomnia?  Nope.  Lymsomnia.  Yes, it is a thing.
Ironically, getting up in the morning isn’t just hard because you are a sleepy head.  It feels impossible to get up and sadly, takes every bit of you to get up and get moving.
On school mornings Cal ate her breakfast laying down.  She put on makeup and fixed her hair, laying in the bed. She often fell asleep riding to school, as well.
On a good note, she’s not even tempted to skip college classes because she’s so thankful to be able to go now.  There is no more profound fatigue.  In short, she has been healed.  It is an amazing thing to not suffer from exhaustion.

Profound Fatigue

 

 

Lymsomnia

Insomnia or as Callie used to call it Lymsomnia is a very common symptom of Lyme disease.
Before treatment insomnia kept Callie up all night anywhere from 2-4 nights per week.

That fact adds up over several years.  Erik and I took turns sitting up with her so she didn’t feel alone.  Sadly, this is why we have so many wrinkles haha!


If you are reading this and these things sound familiar, do not ask your doctor for a Lyme test.  This will likely come back negative.  This is one of the reasons so many people are slipping through the cracks.  Also, not getting a proper diagnosis.


The test most doctors use is completely ineffective.  There is one test and only one reliable lab in the country.  Igenex Labs.

Lymsomnia

 

What IS Lyme Disease

What IS Lyme Disease

What IS Lyme Disease?  Borrelia:  A tick-borne illness that can cause fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and the bulls-eye rash.  This is only one part of Lyme Disease.  There are about a billion other things that are comorbid with this disease.

It is a corkscrew-shaped bacteria that gets all up in there and “screws” into place.  This makes it incredibly hard to get rid of because of that shape.

I mean, look at that list above.  ALS!  MS!  Alzheimer’s!  Lupus!  Bi-Polar Disorder!  There are so many more.  I’m so thankful where the Lord led us.

As we chose to follow His path, Callie was healed through non-typical methods.  Step out of your box.  Color outside the lines.  Be the patient who does not settle for a blanket diagnosis.  Find the root of your illness.  You can do this because you are capable and strong.

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Wordless Wednesday Lyme Edition

Wordless Wednesday Lyme Edition

Wordless Wednesday Lyme Edition and this one *cracked* me up.  Callie has been healed.  Yet, this is meme is a true story, most times!  God’s healing is an amazing thing.  Callie Rae is a warrior.  Lyme Disease may not show up with a run of the mill test.  You have to be very purposeful with your requests and questions with your regular physician.  It isn’t that they do not care.  Sadly, it is just that they may not know.

Knowing What To Ask

For example, the local doctors tested my mom. The results were negative.  Then, she went to a place in Florida.  She was in shock when they told her she had 3 strains of Lyme.  This explained EVERYTHING that she has been suffering for the last several years.  This is actually very serious, but the Wordless Wednesday Lyme Edition meme really is funny.

God’s Healing

Amazingly enough, this is the same clinic that Callie went to for her treatment.  Lyme finally shut down once detected.  My mom and Callie Rae are now healed from all that they have been afflicted with.  How amazing is that, my friends.  I am not a huge Oprah fan, but this meme is perfect for Wordless Wednesday Lyme Edition.

Heeding Wisdom

I have known Callie since she was in utero. Quite literally because her mom and I were pregnant together.  In seeing and hearing her walk through this trial, has been difficult.  On the flip side, had she not walked down this path, our family would not be where we are.  For instance, through this horrific mess and her pain, she led us to the person that has helped Hunter.

Please heed her wisdom and her story.  Also, our story.  This does not mean you have to go to Florida to be healed.  God is the Healer.  However, you need to know what questions to ask and where you need to be properly tested.  God is good…all the time and all the time, God is good.

What About Our Children

What About Our Children?  Yes, it’s true. Lyme can be the cause of these issues in children.

Again, I can’t say it enough, you do not have to be bitten by a tick.  Ironically, most Lyme is congenital and passed from birth parents.

Some parents show few symptoms.  Also, some parents may not show any symptoms. However, that will not keep it from being passed onto your child.  Sadly, this can become a possible issue.

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