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My journey through Lyme Disease- Healing my body and mind.

Johnny Rash and the Burning Ring of Fire

Okay, well, it’s not actually a ring. It’s more like a rash all over my entire body. I have developed a lovely rash from head to toe. It is exactly the same as the rash I got immediately after my initial tick bite in 2004. It is also accompanied by the same symptoms as when I initially got bit: constant post-nasal drip; sinus pressure, fatigue, increase in joint-stiffness and pain, overall flu-like feeling. I feel like I am 22 again! Don’t I look it?Image

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So, you may be like me and are asking, WTF?! What is the deal with this rash? I would love to talk to somebody who got infected with Lyme Disease in Northern Italy (where I was infected) and ask them about their symptoms and their treatment experiences. Since there are tons of strains of the Lyme bacteria, it may be that the handsome Italian version behaves a bit differently than what we have here in the US of A. So, if you know anyone in Italy who has gotten Lyme there (and went initially untreated), please send them to my blog or email. lilneeds@gmail.com

Anyways, I have a few theories about WHY this rash is happening:

1) I started a new treatment cycle on Monday that involves the addition of Oregano Oil to destroy biofilm and expose bacteria (more on that amazing herb later) and added the intense antibiotic, Clindamycin. Perhaps I am finally destroying enough biofilm that the little buggers are actually exposed to my immune system and antibiotics and this rash and accompanying symptoms are a herxheimer reaction, which would be a GOOD thing.

2) The rash and associated symptoms are caused by thriving infection (Lyme or various co-infections). That would be, obviously, a bad thing.

3) I am having an allergic reaction to Clindamycin. Also, bad thing.

4) The combination of the treatment I did with Dr. Smith as well as upping my antibiotics has finally really packed a huge punch to the bugs and it’s a herx. Good thing.

5) I have some sort of crazy other virus or infection unrelated to Lyme. Bad thing.

Basically, you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out exactly what the heck is going on sometimes when you have Late-Stage Lyme Disease. I’m sure all of my fellow Lymies know what I mean. It is generally a futile effort. So, last night I decided to spend minimal time trying to actually figure this damn thing out and just laugh about it. (Well, and of course, I emailed and called my doctor).

My friend Nikki started texted me song lyrics with the word rash replacing the actual words. It was super corny, but I like corny jokes, so I laughed a lot. Laughter is an important part of recovery. My two favorites:

“Like a rash (Virgin). Scratched for the very first time!”

“I like red rash and I cannot lie, you other brothers can’t deny, when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a red rash in yo face…”

I know, I am lucky to have such a good friend. Feel free to create your own rash jokes in the comments below. Hang in there, Lymies! Laugh about it when you can. 🙂 Much love, Lyndsey

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