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06/17/2010 11:25 PM

Texas headache

Ruffianpup
Posts: 3
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Hello all, I am the husband of a wonderful wife who has tested positive for lyme. She contracted it on a geology field trip that was required as part of her degree program. Within two weeks of coming back she went down hill. We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and as of yet even though the doctors know she has lyme, they are non-responsive are just act like it will eventually go away. Where do we turn to? They know this disease is real so why is getting real help so hard? It is like being in the former communist Russia, everything has to be done in codes and secrecy. Who can talk to us about what to do, it is hard to figure out who is for real and everytime we search out and find an LLMD that might have promise they have either been suspended or recently retired...etc. Anyone out there able to help, we are even willing to travel if need be. I just want my wife back and she wants her life back.

Fustration and headaches in Texas

Thanks in advance to any and all

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06/18/2010 04:15 AM
debbers

I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. This is VERY typical! I recently watched a documentary called "Under Our Skin." My entire family watched it so they could better understand ALL the struggles that come with the disease.

I was diagnosed in 2004, put on antibiotics for 6 weeks, then off. I got worse when off the antibiotics. However, the doctors, because they were following the 'medical guidelines' did NOT continue with antibiotics. To this day I have seen so many doctors who don't have a clue about Lyme. After watching the documentary we decided we would find a Lyme Doc who was on our side! While I wait to see him, I am filling myself with knowledge of the disease! The problem is, because of the disease I have short term memory loss and forgot just about every thing I read- or actually, I can not process the way to 'communicate' what I just learned.

Be proactive. Do not take NO for an answer! For the past 6 years I have been on many different medications with doctors labeling my symptoms as 'crazy,' 'in my head,' fibromyalgia,' chronic pain, chronic pain...etc. When in fact, the more I study, the more I believe the disease is still alive in my body. Good luck! I think you will find this forum a wonderful tool! I just joined the other day and have learned so much already, gained new friends, and I now know I am not alone!

Thank you for being a POSITIVE in your wife's struggle! She needs as many positive people around her at this time as she can get!

Don't forget to check out the documentary "Under Our Skin."

deb


06/18/2010 07:31 PM
Bettyg
 
Posts: 32189
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ruffian hugs/kisses to you/wife...Sad

Welcome to MD JUNCTION!! I'm so glad you found us! You've come to the right place for education and support!

The following are some links that may be helpful to you:

Seeking a lyme literate md; start YOUR OWN POST on this new forum; do NOT just add it to the introduction post only.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/llmd-info/1181374-lyme-literate-md-requests#1181957

(applies ONLY to those who posted elsewhere already ok.  )

NEW FORUM, SEEKING LLMDS, the last forum

start a NEW DISCUSSION by clicking on that at bottom of the page, copy your text to the body of message as you posted above read my detailed instructions in christine's 1st post explaining how to use this new forum; big thanks! Hugs; example below

subject: 4 yr. old needs KIDS LLMD IN MD, VA, DC area

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/llmd-info

Lyme Disease and Co-Infection Symptoms

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/318635-lyme-and-co-infections- symptoms

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/81386

Dr. Burrascano's most recent "Diagnostic Hints and 2008 Treatment Guidelines for Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses" http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/treatment_guidelines.html

Pages 17-19 discuss Adult and Kids Treatments

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/1173561-08-kids-lyme-guidelines-of- dr-burrascano

Dr. B's Supplement List

http://www.lymepa.org/NutritionalSupplements.pdf

Making the most of your LLMD visit

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi? ubb=gettopic&f=1&t=020605#000005

Herxheimer “herx” side effects to antibiotics & supplements …. Symptoms, treatments, and more! 1.25.10

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/1186591-jarischherxheimer-reaction- symptomstreatment

Herxing Reactions:

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/89322

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=gettopic; f=1;t=041517

CHECK OUT THE “LYME FACTS” forum; lots of good, accurate info there for your lyme journey.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research

print off BUT YOU LOOK GOOD article on page 2 of this post where I broke it up for others to read easier; we neuro lymies!

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/general-support/1275535-feeling-guilty-for-being- sick/limitstart/10#1279159

Suggestions for When You Need Treatment and Funds Are Low plus Financial Burdens post towards bottom; extremely detailed by Melanie Reber

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/22281

WHAT IS LYME DISEASE? as quoted by Dr. Burrascano

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/studies-research/1123178-a-must-read-for-new- members#1124851

Link to Turn the Corner Foundation: Good info and contacts for finding a good LLMD.

http://turnthecorner.org/lyme-disease-quick-facts.htm

LYME YAHOO GROUP BOARD FOR EACH STATE FOUND HERE! People seeking doctors might be able to get help from their state online information and support group. The groups are moderated and you have to apply. Most don't allow doctor names, but once on the group, you can ask for doctors in a certain area and ask people to email you privately.

To find your state group, go to

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/statenamelyme

example: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/newyorklyme

South Carolina is the only state that needs a hyphen between the statename and lyme, e.g. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/southcarolina-lyme

http://www.lymenet.org/SupportGroups/

This explains the MEDICAL “POLITICS” AROUND LYME and why you need an ILADS-educated or ILADS-member LLMD (and there are also some ILADS-member LL NDs, naturopathic doctors:

www.clinicaladvisor.com/Controversy-continues-to-fuel-the- Lyme-War/article/117160/

You should also be evaluated for co-infections. Not all tests are great in that regard, either, but a good LLMD can evaluate you and then guide you in testing.

www.igenex.com; http://www.frylabs.com; http://www.clongen.com; http://focusdx.com

For the Igenex Western blot IgM and IgG blood test drawn on M, T, or Wed am. Check current$ 3 wks. for results!

Call 1-800.832.3200 for current prices.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/ 78648?#000003

They will also send you a free “test kit” with their required form, all the test vials, & box to ship it in with return postage!

Be sure to download Igenex's required form IF you haven't called for Igenex to send you THEIR test kids!

MD, DO, ND, AC, DC are all fine** must sign, date, and show diagnosis code on there why he's ordering the test.

Optional tests include: co-infection panel for your area of country and PCR whole blood

Igenex is pre-pay/out of network for most insurances. If you are on medicare, Igenex will file the paperwork & it's free to you.

Get copies of all of your special bloodwork.

Overseas instructions for sending to Igenex/Fry Labs 2-23-08

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic; f=1;t=063751

Dr C's Western Blot explanation is discussed here:

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/tips/1092391-missouri-drcs-western-blot-explanations- of-nos#1093495

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/tips/3683-igenex-calif-western-blot-igmigg-testing-

ILADS - The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) provides a forum for health science professionals to share their wealth of knowledge regarding the management of Lyme and associated diseases. www.ilads.org

Call ILADS they are happy to refer to LLMd's around the country. Here is the contact link, scroll down beyond the email form for their phone number:

http://www.ilads.org/contact/contact_ilads.html

Under Our Skin Lyme Disease documentary www.lymediseasefilm.com

American Museum of Natural History 2 SLIDE SHOWS

http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/index.php? sid=h.s.lyme_brain.20100125

when you get to the site go to upper right hand corner and type in LYME DISEASE hit enter and it brings you to this very well-done slide show on LYME disease! it shows ”brain lesions” too. 1st one is DATED JAN. 25, 2010.

Betty, Minoucat, & Connie Mc's SSDI, SSI, & LTD DISABILITY RECOURCES FOR Disability, Insurance, Dealing with HMOs

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/general-support/3118-bettygs-disability-info-25- pages

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/13935

Success Stories

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/general-support/57269-post-your-success-story-here

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/15820

Distinct Pattern of Cognitive Impairment Noted in Study of Lyme Patients …..MUST READ!! EXPLAINS EVERYTHING !!

written by Marian Rissenberg PhD & Susan Chambers MD,

The Lyme Times, Vol. 20, Jan-Mar 1998, pp. 29-32

http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/diffdx/rissenberg.html

NEURO-COGNITIVE LYME DISEASE links from cheryl's site 1.10 http://www.lymeinfo.net/neuropsych.html

Porphyria (including KPU)

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/ 87840?

cardiac symptoms please read!

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/77325

SUICIDE HOTLINE PHONE NO. & PREVENTION TIPS

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/medicine-treatments/1275497-national-suicide- prevention-lifeline-tips

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic; f=1;t=058059

TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi? ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801

VESTIBULAR SYMPTOMS

http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/symptoms.php

DIZZINESS - many details at this thread

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/medicine-treatments/Itemid=217/func=post/do=reply

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/ 65801?

TREEPATROL'S New Member Learning links: this can wait! There are OVER 1,000 LINKS here but treepatrol has organized it as best as he could

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/29917

NEED A LAUGH, READ HERE & ADD YOUR OWN

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/lounge/1041725-looking-for-my-need-a-laugh-post- bettyg-started

you tubes, post your FUNNY or INSPIRATIONAL ones here http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support- forums/lounge/1114416-you-tubes-post-your- funnyinspirational-ones-here

Betty's suggested posting guidelines:

Many of members have neuro lyme, and it is hard to read long solid block text and be able to comprehend; example, me, 40 yrs. neuro chronic lyme, so we are able to comprehend and read. Then we can assist and guide you ok.

please post in short paragraphs like you see below or look at a few other posts, but we neuro folks need them short.

1-2 sentences MAX and hit ENTER TWICE to doublespace between each paragraph. Hugs

DO NOT BREAK UP THE SENTENCE THOUGH…we neuros lose our train of thought if it is broken up in the middle unless it goes on FOREVER!

For easier reading, please edit your post. You can break up your longer paragraphs into smaller paragraphs. Please hit “enter” key twice after each paragraph, also. Click EDIT send when done. 

Go to LOWER BOTTOM; SUBSCRIBE TO THIS DISCUSSION to receive all replies.

Thank you for posting in a manner that makes it easier for all to read and help others.

ruff,

please edit your entire post using my above guidelines to break up your post into 1 sentence paragraphs and hitting ENTER TWICE between each paragraph so we severely neuro lyme folks can read and comprehend what you wrote.

thank you; then i & others will be able to assist and guide you ok. Wink

bettyg, iowa leader/activist


06/18/2010 08:16 PM
Casserly
Casserly  
Posts: 133
Member

Lyme is complex, misunderstood, imitates other diseases and takes up residence inside us in many different ways. Each victim needs to find their own path for treatment.

Get information. My llmd is part of my treatment team, but not my ultimate savior.


06/20/2010 12:16 AM
Ruffianpup
Posts: 3
New Member

Thanks to all of you. We will both try to be on here tomorrow and hopefully get a chance to chat with a few of you.

Until then

Ruffianpup & Scarlet

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