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Blood Results – Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae & ANA

16 Oct

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Blood Results – Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae & ANA

 

Phone Call From LLMD

I had my phone appointment today with my LLMD and I received my blood test results finally. First we went over that my Babesia is far from dying off and it’s really angry and my Bartonella is causing havoc again. I will continue treatment for Bab and Bart and add in a new RX which I will list below. I am having the usual low oxygen/air-hunger, soaking night sweats, and my ankle pain is back along with the hundreds of other symptoms.

So for now my main focus is killing off (if that is possible) my Babesia and Bartonella along with other bugs while still treating the Lyme disease. As I have mentioned before and the name still slips my mind but I have the strain of Babesia which is harder to kill than the other species. After two years of antibiotics and no progress for Lyme, Bab or Bart you start to wonder if they will ever go away.

I took notes while on the phone but my fatigue was so bad so I hope I can read my notes. I am stopping Suprax, continue Clindamycin, adding this and pulsing that which I will try to mention below.

Although I have all of this I still enjoy the beauty of life and what I have. It is truly the little things that mean so much to me. Fall, football and the holidays are here so I am happy. Now if I can only find a girlfriend to keep me warm during these cold months I will be all set.

 

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Blood Test Results

 

I tested recently for my routine CBC but I also tested for Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydophila pneumoniae which I have always assumed I have had for 30 years and I finally have Medicare so I could afford to test for it. The CBC and routine blood work are to check my enzymes and organs and see how they are holding up while on antibiotics which everyone should do monthly or bi-monthly. We also tested my blood for my thyroid such as T3 and for my Anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) count.

 

So like always I received all bad news on the results.

  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae – Positive
  • Chlamydophila pneumoniae – Positive
  • T3 count – High
  • ANA – High

 

I have Hypothyroidism so my thyroid is slow and counts are usually low so having a high T3 sounds like my thyroid is out of whack. This is nothing that worries me but my T3 has never been high and my LLMD said a new study says having a high T3 (while so sick) is good so we will let it remain high.

My ANA count being high can mean a lot of different things. My primary doctors have always suspected I have Lupus since it runs in the family so it could be Lupus. It could also mean Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) which is what my pediatrician told my mom I would have when I got older when I was a child. I had Osteomyelitis when I was a baby and I lived in the hospital with an IV in my ankle bone marrow for a few months. The high ANA count could also be from fighting an infection which I am so it may be nothing but just joint pain. We are not really sure what to make of it.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydophila pneumoniae both can cause pneumonia, lung issues and possible lung cancer. In 1999 I literally nearly died from elderly pneumonia. I had only 10% of one lung left to breath with. At that time the doctors all said “how the heck did you get elderly pneumonia at your age of 24 years old?”. Now I know why since I have been living with both of these pneumonia causing bugs in me for years. My primary doctors have never tested me for either pneumoniae and never followed up after I had pneumonia.

So today wasn’t really unexpected news since I knew all along I have way more than I have tested for so far. I feel as if I am a walking petri dish so I figure there are more bugs I haven’t tested for yet. It just feels like getting kicked when you are already down when every time you have a test they find a new problem and never good news. So more bugs to kill off, time to get my SK boots on!

 

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Treatment Plan:

A-Bart (20 drops twice a day – herbal dropper for Bartonella)

A-Bab (herbal dropper for Babesia)

Cryptolepis (3 droppers full – herbal dropper for Babesia)

Ketoconazole 2% (apply to Candida area)

Clindamycin 300mg (2 pills 2 times daily for Babesia)

Coartem (4 caps twice a day for 2 weeks, pulsing 3/3 – used for Babesia/Malaria)

Biaxin (for my 2 pneumoniae bugs)

Coartem (for inflammation, Lupus, RA and Malaria)

Artemisinin (for Babesia and parasites)

Meriva 500 (2 pills twice a day for inflammation)

Fluconazole 200mg (1 pill per day for candida/yeast caused by abx)

Folapro (for my MTHFR)

Glutathione (for my MTHFR)

VSL#3 (continue taking 3-4 times daily to keep from getting C-Diff)

Florastor (probiotic to help with abx)

Cholestyramine (a binder to help with intestinal issues)

*I will continue to take Milk Thistle, Chanca Piedra (which are both important for cleaning out the liver/kidneys), 600 mg DHA, Vit B-Complex, Vit C, Vit B12, and a few other supplements.

Stopped This Med:

Suprax 400mg (1 pill daily)

 

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Sore Throat, Arthritis And CFS

30 Aug

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Sore Throat, Arthritis And CFS

I woke up one day last week with my usual sore throat. This isn’t the chronic strep throat I get but more like a regular sore throat. This time the pain is only on the left side of my throat and down deep to about where my throat meets my collar bone. I can feel the pain also going into my left ear. Many years ago when I was healthy I would probably have seen a doctor about this or worried but this happens so frequently and it goes away on its own. I believe it is just a common Lyme symptom.

We had two days of cooler weather this week. The weather has been averaging in the 100’s range and each week it can be anywhere from the mid 90’s up to 108 degrees. For two days the weather was cloudy with some sprinkles and in the 70’s. Just this small weather change and I could feel it coming.

My arthritis was acting up so I knew the cold was coming. One night it was pretty cool around 40-50 degrees and a cold wind blowing in my window. I could barely walk my knees were so stiff. When the cold hits me my body gets stiff as a board and my joints refuse to bend. The snow is beautiful and I always wanted to live in a city that gets light snow but that kind of cold makes my arthritis hurt worse. It is a constant, nagging and severe pain.

I remember growing up and thinking that all kids, teens and young adults felt the same pains I did. I had no idea I was so sick since doctors said I was healthy. I would wake up in my early 20’s and feel as if I had been hit by a car and thought maybe I worked too hard at my job. I thought to myself “man if I am in this much pain now just think how I will feel in my 90’s”. Well now I know I have the body of a 90 year old even though I’m only 37 (I think).

I always thought my pains were common and that maybe my body was slower to heal from a hard days work or partying. I never really took time to think that I never had a day without pain even when I spend a lazy day doing nothing. It took until I was about 30 years old before one doctor (who was just filling in for my regular doctor) said “hey you have arthritis, why does a person your age have arthritis”. My regular doctor came back and said “I don’t think you have arthritis”.

The five years later that same doctor who had diagnosed me with arthritis was now my regular doctor. He then diagnosed me with hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia and then spinal stenosis. Once again he said to me “why does a person so young have spinal stenosis which is usually found in my patients 60 and older”. I remember hearing this same thing in 1999 when I had elderly pneumonia when a doctor said “why does a 21 year old have elderly pneumonia, this is the pneumonia that usually takes the life of the elderly…very odd”.

It amazes me that not one doctor ever thought to look into the pattern of me having so many rare and elderly type medical issues for nearly all my life. It was always “you just have IBS you will be fine” or “you just have carpal tunnel that is nothing big” but why did nobody say “why do you have a new symptom or medical issues every other month”. I cannot even name the rare medical issues I had as a kid but that had long names and I haven’t heard of them since.

This month has been not so good as usual. My chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has just taken away what little energy I have and when I sleep now I feel I can sleep and never wake up. I don’t know if I like my insomnia better or the CFS. Getting 30 minutes of sleep per day is really a nightmare but then so is wanting to sleep all the time and having no energy at all. I would love to have something in between them both where I sleep like a normal person and have energy.

My cognitive issues are getting worse. My dyslexia is more jumbled words than usual. My short and long-term memory is worse. A loss for words happens more often. I cannot remember names of actors and so on. I kind of feel like and elderly person or like I have beginning Alzheimers disease.

*This is a note to myself so I will remember but I had a day this week where I was going to the bathroom standing up (pee) and my body started stinging with pins and needles and I was blacking out. Luckily I was done and ran to my room and passed out on my bed for a few minutes. I had this happened a few months ago where every time I stood up I would black out but it hasn’t happened in a while.

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