I recently finished an intense 5 week capstone course to complete my Bachelor’s in Finance. It took a little over 11 years to complete this journey and was almost completely derailed in the last year because of this disease. A few years ago, I struggled through my upper level economic and advanced accounting courses only to receive passing marks. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t see; my thoughts no longer were with me. I exposed myself to massive amounts of highly caffeinated drinks to stay awake and alert for homework and testing. In doing so, my right eye would literally “white-out”. The next semester came with a brush of death, the ice pick headache. A few weeks later I was diagnosed with MS. My world towards the end of the semester was excruciating with fatigue, blindness, twitching, brain fog, and dizziness. I could no longer finish my degree in the summer of 2010, it just hurt too much.
I was able to cope with the abx, the Doxy being my saving grace. The dizziness was gone but continued bouts of fatigue and weakness. No one said it was going to be easy, I didn’t expect it to. Fast forward through a few more semesters to now. My persistent fevers lasted only 2 days instead of 5-7 and arrived earlier in the month than usual. My body was in better spirits during this last semester and it allowed me to complete this course and complete me degree. I did it. I did what someone marked with my type of MS is not supposed to do. All because of abx…
I’m looking at taking the GMAT to continue to Grad School. I’m starting a new job in 2 weeks. I’m getting involved with the local Lyme Association, I have to help others. I have to stay busy, I have to continue moving. More importantly, I’m looking to get well. 100% well. No more ups and downs, no more eye floaters, no more whooshing sound in the ear, no more fatigue, no more (insert the next 100 symptoms)….
So, I went to my first Lyme Association meeting to see a prominent Lyme MD and enjoy his insight. What a smart, meticulous, open-minded doctor. He explained why things worked and why they didn’t. Why we get better, why we didn’t. He explained mercury as being a setback for you immune system and without being rid of it, you can’t heal. He explained cheap ways to help you be successful, presented on www.thriiive.com ; a website dedicated to autism. He explained many, many things. But what he was going to end with was a shocker. The origins of CCSVI as a bacterial predicator (lift jaw off floor). Not that I’m shocked about this thought but the thought is finally hitting sub-stream. I say sub-stream because it’s not auto-immune theory. But soon it will be main-stream. I truly believe that.
As we have spoken here, he hypothesizes most auto-immune is based from bacterial compromising the vascular system. This list includes autism, MS, ALS, etc., etc. He spoke of autism being the canary; take care of the canary and the rest will fill in its place. He spoke about MS patients re-stenousing(sp?) after a month. “Surprise! Maybe b/c of infection?” he said.
Overall, it was a great meeting. Not only did I learn a lot about his thoughts but also felt at home with everyone there. Comparing symptoms with others, I am a Lymie in a metaphorical sense. I have gone through exactly what others with Lyme have, just a little more advanced to MS. (I should really stop thinking so highly of myself advancement wise ;-D).
BTW, when you feel like crap and you are taking your abx, it’s possible your lymphatic system is clogged (I know this isn’t new to us). Try to work out, maneuver your body, or self-massage your lymphs. The reason: you are squeezing your lymphs, stimulating the flow of the lymph into the capillaries. I always wondered why I feel so much better when I play golf, or mow the lawn, or work on the cars. If I’m active, I feel better.
I figured something else new; tight socks. Yep, socks. When I wear tight socks, my legs are on fire with heavy fatigue and weakness and literally they feel on fire. I guess that adds to the vascular etiology. Hmm…..
I’m stopping my treatment at the Lubbock LLMD and will start with a new LLMD in the Dallas Area trained by this prominent LLMD. It’s an herbal course, holistic in nature treatment. I’m excited to have spoken to my new LLMD before I set an appointment. He’s not a snooty, up-tight, guarded MD that has to protect his license type doctor. He comes across as a passionate, informative, wants to get you better type doctor that I have been looking for. It doesn’t matter if you have Lyme or whatever; he is there to get you better. So far, I am blessed that God is continuing to answer some of my prayers. Now where’s my lottery ticket???? A bit much?
I look positive to the future for all of us with MS. I understand the prominent LLMD and his cohorts are studying bacterial infection induced CCSVI and how to fix it. I truly believe the next five years will be an explosion of information and solution for us MS’ers. I truly believe it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I should be more readily available now that I’m out of school.