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Update & Tips Over The Years 

18 Mar

Cardiologist Update 

The heart doctor said that my two week monitor didn’t catch the passing out episodes of any arrhythmia. The issues happened before and after the monitor was on. So she suggests I get a heart monitor implant that goes under the chest skin for 3 years. She said my heart was very slow at night sleeping and very high during he say when awake. She said my heart skips beats but that is “normal”. The 50mg of Losartan is keeping my tachycardia down to the 130-140/100-90 range so my BP is much better than it has been since I was 13 years old. I was worried that long with tachycardia my heart would be a mess but so far it’s not as bad as assumed. Cardio said I have some “mild leaky valves”. 

Next up is a nuclear stress test. Then a sonogram of the carotid arteries in my neck. And then I choose if I want the heart monitor “surgery” which looks very simple. I think I will do it since my episodes come and go. The episodes I’m talking about are the ones that are not POTS but the longer fainting episodes. With POTS I stand up and pass out, wake up on the floor and go sit back down. With the other episodes I start seeing tunnel vision, hear words backwards, can’t understand anyone, can’t move, I HAVE to lay down even if it’s a dirty bathroom floor and I eventually pass out for a while. The episodes last about 45 minutes. My skin turns paler white to gray, I’ve been told I look “dead” and one lady thought I had passed away calling 911. It’s happened about 5-6 times since last year. Cardio thinks it’s brain or heart related. 

It’s good to keep testing and rule things out. The more I test the more illnesses I’m diagnosed with. Don’t let anyone tell you nothing is wrong if you know your body and know you are suffering. 

 Some Tips I’ve noticed over the years:

  • IV Rocefin (ceftraxione) can cause your gallbladder issues and to have to be removed. Ask your doctor before you use it. 
  • Doxycycline and the sun don’t mix, I still have a scar on my forehead from being in the sun for a few minutes while on Doxy. 
  • Being too aggressive on antibiotics, using too many at once and high doses caused thrush, severe candida and c-diff. It took about 8 months to heal from all and I had to stop all antibiotics. I was on a ton of probiotics and took all precautions before started the aggressive treatment but it didn’t help. I had a flesh eating type of thing that was not only scary but very painful. 

Amazon Helping With Lyme Disease 

15 Mar


Thank you Amazon. I’m a Prime Member and I love Amazon but this really did make me smile.

Lyme Disease Commercial (Awareness) 

22 Feb

My “About Me” Update on Illnesses 

17 Feb


Added a few new diagnoses since I first started this blog. There are some illnesses I’m sure I’m forgetting on this photo and this doesn’t explain the hundreds of symptoms or acute issues I went to the hospital for or nearly died from like elderly pneumonia, aseptic meningitis…etc. I had mold issues but treated them and they are mild now. 

Septra, RLS, ECHO, Renal Duplex & More 

13 Feb


SEPTRA Causing Restless Leg Syndrome Increase?
Septra: Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim, Common brands: Bactrim, Sulfatrim. I am doing a little test to see how I do pulsing three medications for Lyme instead of just doing my life-long “maintenance dose” of 100mg of Minocycline. My current Lyme doc and PCP have me doing Septra again, I’ve been on these meds a few times before. Due to my memory loss issues I couldn’t remember how I did on these meds or the side effects. The first week back on it I noticed for 3-4 days I couldn’t sleep at all due to Restless Leg Syndrome being increased. It was also causing the restlessness up into my spine. I was forced to get up and walk around after only getting maybe an hour of sleep each day. I couldn’t lay in bed due to the restlessness even though my brain and eyes were so exhausted I was ready to fall asleep walking.

The second noticeable side effect was diarrhea. I take VSL-3 and other probiotics but there is no stopping the IBS-D issues. As of lately my IBS-D has been changed to IBS-C due to OIC (morpheme causing constipation). So I went from one extreme to the next. I had severe IBS-D for 10-15 years but pain meds have helped block me up. I couldn’t tell you if one is better than the other. I’m pulsing Septra 5 days on and 5 days off with Minocycline and Tinidazole. I have no issues with Minocycline except extra dizziness. I also noticed my CFS is worse on Septra.
Echocardiogram & Renal Duplex 

I had a recent echocardiogram and haven’t received the results from my cardio doc yet but my PCP said I had a lot of “mild” issues. So I’m waiting until April for my heart monitor results and echo. I had a renal duplex today (sonogram of the kidneys and tubes). Didn’t get an results yet. Also did two blood labs. My cardiologist is trying to figure out what has caused my hypertension since I was 13, she thinks it may be genetic. The meds are helping to keep my BP near the “normal range” but I did have a long passing out episode this week again. My BP was 98/68 when that happened. My cardio doc thinks it’s my heart or seizures and not related to my POTS since it’s a different passing out issue.

Happy Holidays 

20 Dec


Happy Holidays to you all! 
I just wanted to take time to say thank you all for reading and commenting over the years. I wish I had more to share and things to be helpful but since I started this blog my brain has gotten worse and more pressure so I can’t write like I used to. I started this blog to share my story and to help others who are going through the same or may think they have Lyme, lupus, immunodeficiency, chronic illnesses…etc. I’ve seen a ton of doctors since starting this blog and I counted around 30+ doctors I have seen. 90% of them were not helpful or made my mom cry, were mean, kicked me out of their office….and all because they didn’t want to help me. I never provoked them or was mean to them, I only asked for help and was treated like a piece if trash. It’s a shame because I used to respect doctors. I currently found a doctor who truly cares about people. 

During the holidays is always a sad time for me because we no longer have family gatherings anymore in a long time. Even if we did I’m too ill to leave the house to visit them. I’m not the same person I used to be. I don’t remember what feeling “Normal” is like or having energy, feeling excited, or having all those feeling like a healthy me once had. Lyme, Lupus, PI, CFS, heart issues, brain issues have ruined my life. I sit here every night trying my best night to cry in front of my niece or let her see how sick I really am. I don’t remember a day in 8 years without a fever, burning face, headache, head pressure, pain from head to toe and being so exhausted I can’t move. 

I’m not looking forward to another tilt table test and puking and being dizzier than usual for days due to the test. I’m seeing my new cardiologist in a couple days. Might be DOIMG the stress test, heart monitor and more before Christmas. But I’m getting worse and nothing is stopping the Lyme. I don’t want to go back on IV antibiotics since it ruined my body last time. Had some very scary things happen that nobody should go through. For now I’m staying with my daily oral antibiotics for life. 

Let’s just hope something breaks through for Lyme and health issues one day. Don’t give up hope. Try to enjoy your Christmas and never give up! 

Brain MRI 

7 Dec


Had another brain MRI with GAD (dye/contrast) on Monday. I’ve had another concussion since my last brain MRI and CT scan and have been having those incoherent episodes and passing out I’ve been talking about. Last time they misdiagnosed a brain tumor, Parkinson’s and MS due to some Lyme lessons on my brain. I have a lot of brain pressure daily, short & long term memory loss, headaches, migraines and a lot of trouble with my brain so hopefully we find something.