Bowen Research result was a 128. Anyone else's that high? I was negative on the co-infective pathogens.
I never noticed any "bullseye" rash, but have had many rather nasty bites while climbing. It's very likely the vector for my infection was a mosquito bite.
As a side note: My "Primary" health care provider gave me an ESA test several weeks after symptoms closed in on me. By their standards I tested negative.
My symptoms have lasted over a year, although they have progressively receeded with self diagnosis and care. They include(d):
Unexplained loss of appetite.
Rapid loss of weight.
Very pronounced (but not rapid) heartbeat.
Overwhelming waves of anxiety (particularly at early evening.
Disturbed sleep (uncontrolled thought processes).
Bouts of frequent urination (10 or more times a night).
10 days of constipation followed by a year of IBS (defecate appears to be improperly digested, i.e. soft and pasty with more recognizable food particles.).
Bloating and foul gas.
Unusual joint pains (particularly the spine).
Rapid onset of gingivitis.
Spells of breath which smelles like acetone.
Unusual feeling in the esophageal (solar plexus) area best described as "coarseness".
Hardened or swollen (but not sore) lymph nodes.
Unusually red (but not sore) throat.
Unusual eye and salivary gland swelling(left side).
TMJ symptoms (left side).
An unusual "side splint" sensation at the ileocecal valve/appendix location.
Inability to handle even the taste of "normal" foods.
Lungs "overinflated" (not enough room in the chest cavity) followed by a feeling that I might soon produce phlegm (I never did), followed again by many months of an unusual gasp (post exhalation) particulalry noticeable while lying on my right side).
Random twitching of the fascia on my lower legs.
After reviewing a list of symptoms at http://www.canlyme.com, I came up with some more to add to the above list, in no particular order:
1. Sinus infection for several months (predominently on the left side, as it subsided my nose acquired the most whimsical whistle when I breathed out, which to me indicated a significant change in the structure of the sinus passage. This also lasted for several months. I was scoped and CAT scanned for growths. None existed.
2. Testicular pain. I can't seem to remember which side, I think it was only on the right. It was unexplainable (my wife didn't kick me in the nuts=) and lasted for about two or three weeks.
3. My arms and hands became far more susceptible to falling asleep. This has subsided but I have developed numbness in my left index and middle fingers which persists, as well as a golf ball sized area just below my shoulder blades and left of my spine. This area is numb and "itches" for lack of a better description.
4. Markedly increased effect of alcohol. This was one of the first thing I noticed prior to thinking anything might be wrong. What I would normally drink with ease affected me significantly. I'd get "woozy" with one drink. During this early period, with no other symptoms, I thought perhaps all my days of partying had finally caught up with me. I had also just lost my best friend to liver cancer, so psychologically I was really expecting cancer.
5. Over-emotional reactions, cryed easily.
6. Exhibited bi-polar episodes. I knew I was doing it, when I was doing it, and had no explaination for it.
7. Memory loss (short or long term). I come across memory loss on things that I realize I should be able to recall easily. I put everything else aside and purposely sort each episode out till I can remember the pertinent information. Wrong freeway exits still plague me.
8. I had one debilitating "stabbing" episode where one would normally get a "side-splint". I was out on a walk and when this struck it took me almost two hours to traverse a normally 25 minute section back to the truck.
9. I have recently acquired rear rib pains which feel like the intercostal muscles are locked up and will not relax. Also of note is the fact that early on, my daily push-ups would aggravate my lung/esophageal symptoms.
10. On several occasions very early on, before the massive onset of symptoms, I had several intermittent days where I felt "wrong" but not necessarily ill. On most of those days my vision was annoyingly blurry.
11. I forgot about the plugged ears. I had that too for several months.
12. Loss of sex drive. When you're that sick, sex doesn't come to mind. I'm not sure if that's a "loss of sex drive"....but the effect is the same=)
13. My eyes burn from time to time now for no apparent reason.
One thing to note, some of these symptoms might be related to Candida overgrowth. All of my symptoms come and go, which I believe to be a strong indicator of Lymes or similiar infection. The symptoms morph, from one being the most prevalent to the other, each lasting just long enough that you almost forget about the last. Nothing else that I've researched reports having such a predominent "roving" element to the symptoms.
Just recently I began taking daily: Minimum of 100 oz of RO or distilled water. 300 Mcg of Molybdenum and folic acid, as well as a broad spectrum mineral supplement to break the toxin cycle of possible Candidiasis. Malic acid and Cellfood brand liquid supplement, for upregulating body oxygenation and promoting an aerobic cell energy cycle (I also take an OTC Ephedra (Ma Huang) based bronchial dilater once a day to counter my breathing difficulties and increase oxygenation). Quercetin, Pycnogenol and Primrose based omega 6 to help counter the asthmatic symptoms. A teaspoonful of 3% H2O2 (Hydrogen-Peroxid) in 16oz of RO water (also for oxygenation). L-Glutamine, N-Acetal Cysteine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, 300 mg CoQ10 and CoQA to boost Glutathione production and aid the digestive tract. Samento to upregulate the native and acquired immune systems and kill the spirochete form directly. Custom Probiotics brand multistrain probiotic formula (25 billion count of live bacteria per capsule) and Clarkia tincture. Tea Tech instant green tea mix (the Matcha or "free pour" version) for the high polyphenol (antioxidant) count. I also take a direct EGCG (NOW brand) supplement to aid any damaged cells in their natural dying process, as well as promote the aerobic metabolism cycle. DHEA and NADH to boost ATP production. A liquid B complex as well. I'm still researching vit C. I've found some strangely conflicting reports over C with Lymes.
My "standard" doctors tested me with all their standard tests including; Liver functions, Kidney functions, CBC, Diabetes, Helminths and protozoas, H Pylori, ECG/Heart functions, Hypercalcuria, chest xrays, CAT scan of sinuses/thorax/abdomen, etc.
They told me I was "fit as a horse" and that I had depression, GERD and Sudden Onset Adult Asthma. They prescribed Paxil (I mistakenly said Prozac in another post), Protonics, and Zopanex.
What a joke.
I plan on taking an Igenex Panel so that I can quantify my infection by band. And just to be sure I'm going to take the AMAS test from Oncolab.
To anyone else reading this post or involved in this Forum, it would be a good thing to post some of your results from testing you've done, so we all don't get scammed by our Doctors on this. Some things to post would be Doctors name(or at least their general geographic location), which test(s) you took, your reported level, and results of any co-infection tests. Also of interest would be a list of whatever your Doctor prescribed.
As most here, I am mostly self-taught on this issue, so I would greatly appreciate any suggestions which would add to or contraindicate what I have posted here.