I know a lot about Lyme disease prevention and treatments because of personal experience.
I was bitten by a deer tick on our honeymoon!
At the time, I was wearing the top rated natural tick repellent spray, but obviously it wasn't enough. The tick was well embedded after a long hike.
There was no rash, no fever, no reason to believe anything more lasting had happened, but over the following months I developed strange symptoms
It's a miserable experience. I hope you will use what I've learned to protect yourself and your family.
I was lucky that I was on my honeymoon and we were giving each other back massages or we never would've found the tick. I'd already taken a shower and checked myself, but it was firmly attached at a spot I couldn't see.
The longer it's attached, the more bacterial transfer. Unfortunately, mine had been there for several hours. We should've done a thorough tick check immediately after returning from the long hike. Wearing long pants and light colors may help with Lyme disease prevention, but they can still find a way to bite you if they're really hungry!
Lyme disease was the last thing on our minds on our honeymoon. I wish I'd known that we could've had the tick tested. Yes, it costs something, but being sick costs a lot more!
I was looking for a bull's eye and rash but that only happens in about 30% of people. In July, I started waking up at night with a tingling in my arms and hands. I thought I was sleeping wrong on the new mattress and cutting off circulation. It wasn't until the pain got worse that I actually went to a doctor. And I most likely would've been misdiagnosed as having arthritis or something else if my friend hadn't told me about how her husband's disease started the same way.
If you have Lyme disease and start to do some research, you'll soon know more than most doctors. Do you know what "herxing" is? Do you know about the cyst form of spirochetes? Lyme behaves much differently than diseases like the flu or strep throat.
These are the books that have been most helpful to me:
There was a very interesting 2011 study by Sapi et al that I found on the CanLyme website where the research indicated that most antibiotics make Lyme disease worse by causing it to go into the cyst form and hide deeper in the body. I tried one round of protein-synthesis inhibiting antibiotic since my case was discovered so early and it was worth a try.
I read about rife machines and different herbal protocols and decided to try the one described by Stephen Buhner in Healing Lyme.
I haven't looked at a copy of the second edition that came out in 2016, but I was following the updated protocol from his website, so I'm guessing that is what is in the updated book.
The more people I talk to, the more variation I hear about symptoms. The disease expresses differently in different individuals, so naturally the best treatments are going to vary, too.
The basic Buher herbs are what worked for me, plus a couple of additional supplements:
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Remember, this is only what worked for me. You need to do your own research and decide what's best for you!
Right around the time I was diagnosed, I realized I was pregnant! I had 3 doses of the antibiotic before I realized it, and it was a powerful type that is not to be taken if pregnant or if you could become pregnant. I had a miscarriage a little over a week later at 5 weeks, 4 days. As heartbreaking as that was, it was not totally unexpected.
I had a hard time going back to the treatments and herxing because I felt so great while I was pregnant. Those hormones really helped the Lyme symptoms! As the treatments started to work and turned on my immune system, I became even sicker than I was before the miscarriage.
It's difficult to find others dealing with the pregnancy and Lyme disease combo, but from what I've heard so far most women do feel better while pregnant then experience a relapse after delivery. To read about an exception see Sara's blog. She was very sick yet still delivered two beautiful boys.
The hardest part is finding a treatment that is safe to do while trying to conceive and while pregnant and nursing. I am on some milder herbs and enzymes that are considered safe. I believe these will also help protect the baby from getting Lyme through the mother and later act as Lyme disease prevention through the breastmilk.
There hasn't been a lot of research because it's unethical to test pregnant women, but I believe that Astragalus Root Extract is a Lyme disease prevention that can be taken during pregnancy. Research it for yourself. It's working for me.
Update: Yes, got pregnant again and had a healthy baby via a natural homebirth!