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November 18, 2009


Melissa Faucheux

Hi there, I hope you don't mind me barging in. I was curious as to how long you have had lyme disease? I was diagnosed back in Oct.06 and I am considered chronic. I too have neck problems, along with a host of others. I have two other sisters that have lyme also. I don't ever remember being bitten by a tick but I am told that they now know that it can be passed through the placenta at birth and this is how they think I contracted it. However, my lyme's didn't become active until I got really sick with a respiratory illness on Jan.1, 2006. Anyway, I have had IV antibiotic therapy, antibiotics now by mouth and a host of many other drugs and supplements. This summer I did 8 weeks of hyperbaric chamber treatments five days a week for two hours a day. Insurance will not pay for this however. I have to say that I plan to go back and do it again. I have felt much better since having the treatments and have had less pain and in less areas. I have been able to lead a somewhat normal at times life. (I tend to overdo and then end up in bed for several days afterwards recovering.)

I too have spent much time researching this disease. I have read many books and had to be my own advocate. It really is hell when you can't live the life you were use to living. It really is hell when you don't know what will hit you next when you wake up in the morning. I had many co-infections, Malaria, Cat Scratch Fever, Microplasma bacteria, Clymedia pneumonia,Ep Barstein, etc., etc., etc., this is one of problems in tackling lyme, those nasty other little bacterias that the tick carry that you end up with.

Anyway, I hope you get back on those waves soon. I live on a beach and there is nothing much more breath taking and fun. It is all about attitude.

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