My dad has had GI problems for the past year, I told him multiple times it could possibly be Borrelia burgdorferi wreaking havoc in his gut, but my mother and him have kind of dismissed it. He’s been on a gluten diet for a year and half now, any time he eats grain with gluten, it gives some severe stomach problems. I think he’s been had other symptoms coming and going, but he hasn’t told me.
Now after a year of GI problems, he’s having headaches and head pressure, just recently ended up in the emergency room because of pinching in his chest, kind of like pins and needles. I’m almost positive now what it is? After the doctors did multiple tests on him, they couldn’t find anything. That’s when I told him immediately to get a Lyme test done. So he went in to have the bloodwork done, I exclaimed if they have the western blot, get take that over the standard ELISA test. But honestly I don’t think the doctors ever informed him what Lyme test he did.
He’s also has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Ziobron in Romeo Michigan for the more thorough Lyme test from Igenex Labs. I talked to him on the phone today, he said the headaches are getting so bad he’s just ready to get on antibiotics.
I’m really just bewildered right now, I’m angered, frustrated, and sad. I really hope that my father doesn’t have Lyme, I do not want him to go through what I’m going through with this horrible disease. But what else would it be? There’s not too many diseases that can cause my dad’s symptoms and it’s somewhat similar to mine.
My beginning symptoms were changes in vision, headaches from foods with gluten, and GERD. His beginning symptom was just stomach pains from foods with gluten. So his case is a little different, but now that he’s having headaches and chest pains which I had, more of a multi-symptom disease, which leads me to believe Lyme.
If he does come up positive, he’s going to be the “like” the 6th immediate family member that has Lyme. The reason I use the word like, because I’m not sure how many members within my family have Lyme because some family members have kept their lives private. But I know that my uncle got the red ring rash and went on antibiotics. My aunt is currently treating herself with natural antibiotic herbs for chronic Lyme. And my other aunt said she went on antibiotics for a short amount of time because she pulled a tick out of her. Then there’s another family member, but I’ve been kept in the dark about his situation.
The deer really are prevalent where my dad lives in Leonard Michigan, they were trotting around right in his backyard. Six months ago my mom and dad put their dog down because he was pissing up blood. It really pisses me off that they made the decision without asking me first. After they told me about his situation, I immediately thought “Lyme!” My dad said one time he found a tick on the rug in the middle of summer. My dad thought how did he get in here? Our dog was always on a short leash, right in the vicinity of a cemented patio. So how did a tick managed to get in here? Well it managed! And chances are our dog Duke had Lyme as well.
If Lyme Disease is this bad in southern Michigan, how can this disease still be this silent dammit! Lyme and the politics surrounding the disease never really ceases to amaze me!