So, if you've never had this test, it involves a bleepy machine with pads and thin electrodes coming from it. They stick the pads on you, and stick the electrodes in your muscles and zap you with electricity to see how well the various nerves and muscles conduct the signal. It sounds vile but it's not too bad at all, quite interesting to see the trace on the screen. He seemed really thorough and did pinprick sensation tests (prodding me with a needle all over) on my legs and arms. He found a stripe of numbness on my left arm and a patch of numbness on my left thigh that he said corresponded with the muscle weakness in my leg and twitching I get in my tricep. He said he thought it was indicative of a problem with the L3/2 nerve root and C6 nerve root- the bit where the nerve leaves the spine. He also found some slight dodginess in the muscle at the top of my left thigh, possible myopathy he said.
He seemed genuinely interested in Lyme and sounded like he knew about some of the effects that it can have, and he said that my negative NHS Lyme tests proved nothing, "absence of proof is not proof of absence" he said! Absolutely, and very refreshing to hear an NHS consultant who deals primarily with testing say that we should not rely on fallible tests to diagnose.
I do not expect the derisively snorting Neurologist to take any notice of his report and adequate NHS treatment is about as likely as me beating Usein Bolt in a run to the bus stop, but it was nice to leave the hospital not spitting feathers.
I haven't had any antibiotics for two days in order to be adequately wobbly for these tests, and it shows. I'm flaring anyway, but I have been getting the palpitations and random shooting pains back, which I haven't had for a while. By the time I get to the top of the stairs, I am panting like an old English sheepdog in a sauna. In stark contrast, last week, I had more than a whole week with no Lyme symptoms at all!!!!!! (well, one dizzy spell and a bit of twitching, but nothing else, completely normal walking). We had hired a cottage in the countryside for a week and I did 3 bike rides, carried my daughter for a walk in the forest on my own- all without any Elvis-leg after effects at all. Amazing. Of course, the day we got back, I started to flare, the legs went and it was flolloping about, business as usual. I'm really appreciating the prolonged spell of near normality before I my spirochetes start to party again.
|Back in the saddle.|
Since 11th July 2012 to present day
Azithromycin oral 1 g a day in two doses 4 days a week (alongside amoxicillin) plus Tinidazole oral 1g a day in two doses 3 days a week
Amoxicillin oral 3g a day in two doses4 days a week since 6th july 2012 to present day
Artesunate oral 80 mg a day in 4 doses 7 days a week since 6th July 2012
Levofloxacin 1g/day in two doses for 1 week 22nd June 2012-29th June 2012
Ribose 2 scoops daily every day since 6th July 2012
Magnesium Citrate 400mg a day in two doses every day
680 mg in two doses every day
every day since 6th July 2012
since 6th july 2012
Alpha-liphoic acid 800 mg a day in two edvoesreys day Since 6th July 2012
Nutrient 950 (pure encapsulations) 3 caps daily every day since 6th july 2012
since 6th july 2012
Probiotic (klaire labs) 2 caps a day every day since 6th July 2012
Coenzyme q10 240 mg a day in two doses.
Amoxicillin 1.5g a day in 3 doses, 7 days a week 17th Nov 2009-end feb 2010.
Azithromycin 1g/day in 2 doses, 7 days a week 17th Nov 2009-end feb 2010
Rifampicin 600mg/day in 2 doses, 7 days a week, 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. 30th Sept-17th Nov 2009.
Artesunate 80mg/day in 4 doses, 7 days a week, 2 weeks on 2 weeks off. 30th sept-17th Nov 2009.
Rifampicin 600mg/day 7 days a week continuously 15th may 2009-end aug 2009.
Artesunate 80mg/day in 4 doses 7 days a week continuously 15th may 2009-end aug 2009
Amoxycillin/azithromycin/tinidazole 1.5g/1g/1g a day 4/3 days aweek 15th Dec 2008-15th May 2009.
Ceftriaxone IV 2g/day in 1 dose, 7 days a week for 4 weeks, then 6 days a week for a further 8 weeks, 25th Aug 2008-21st Nov 2008
Doxycycline 200mg a day then 400mg a day everyday 9th June 2008, 400mg 19th June 2008-22nd July 2008.
Also, I had some high strength allicin, chlorella vulgaris, Rizol beta and Rizol Gamma oils, Quintessence, diatomaceaous earth, vitamins, and probably other stuff I don't remember Dec 2009-March 2010.