- CASE FILE
For the last 13 years, I have been slowly getting worse with a myriad of symptoms that seem to stump doctors and make my life unlivable.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
About 13 years ago, I was bitten by a tick and was diagnosed with Lyme disease. After being treated in a short, 3 month course, I was not getting better, but was told it could not be Lyme disease. Since then, I have progressively been getting worse. I have seen a multitude of different doctors, one of which treated me for Lyme and co-infections again with a year long course of antibiotics and an anti-malarial. I didn't even feel well during that treatment. In the year since that treatment, I feel that I am the worst I have ever been. I am only able to work part time when I am able to go home and sleep in the afternoons, and if I don't sleep well the night before, I am not able to make it to work the next morning. I am not able to go to any family functions and attempting to go on vacation always ends up with me being unable to leave the hotel room or house. At best I feel that I am completely unreliable. Going up and down the stairs leads to such fatigue that I am not able to move. Sometimes I struggle to even hold a cup of water. If my body feels I have over-exerted it physically, I get heart palpitations and my heart feels like it is struggling to beat, and is making up for it by beating harder than normal. The muscle pain and headaches keep me awake at night. Along with the above symptoms, I am experiencing brain fog, cystic acne, and have been diagnosed with low testosterone. I am taking DHEA for the low testosterone and it seems to be helping improve my anxiety and depression, but nothing else, and I still struggle with them periodically. I seem to also suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity as I cannot be around people wearing perfumes or strong deodorants, and I cannot use any scented shampoos or soap. Doctors have ruled out fibromyalgia, diabetes, and thyroid disease. My blood tests always come back perfectly normal, and I am tired of doctors telling me it's all in my head.