I was exhausted. No matter how much coffee I consumed or how many 5-hour energy drinks I drank, I could barely function throughout the day. I remember it like it was yesterday; I sat in the doctor’s office freezing and exhausted. I had no idea what, but I knew that something was wrong with me.
When he called me with the diagnosis I was dumbfounded. I had Lyme disease!
Living with Lyme Symptoms
Lyme disease had a tremendous impact on my life when I was diagnosed. I was extremely fatigued and could barely eat. The disease literally overwhelmed my body. I tried to work while I took the prescribed medications to combat the disease and that was even more devastating. I had a tough battle with depression, prior to my diagnosis because I couldn’t understand why I was feeling so horrible.
I went through a series of tests and it took nearly two weeks for my doctor to diagnose me with the illness. I suffered extreme headaches and pain in my back as a result of Lyme disease. The disease also aggravated my other chronic illnesses. I began to lose a great amount of weight and became an overall grumpy, miserable person. I started taking the prescriptions and found that after I finished, my symptoms still existed.
I visited specialists and many different doctors, some who believed that there really wasn’t a cure for Lyme disease and some who believed that my symptoms were all fantasy. I finally found a terrific specialist who diagnosed me with Chronic Lyme and started me on a treatment regimen that literally turned my health back around.
Loss of Independence
Lyme disease stole my independence. For nearly six months, this disease wreaked havoc on my body. At times, a wave of exhaustion would take over and I would need a break. I could barely keep my eyes open.
Work travel is generally over an hour and I was too exhausted to drive. My husband had to drive me to and from work. I would literally have enough energy to work approximately five hours, after that I had to take a half hour nap to continue on. Luckily, my boss was excellent and had no problem with me taking quick naps in my car. I was literally miserable. I couldn’t hang out with friends, unless they drove and I really was no fun for them since I slept most of the time.