Greg

 In Faces of Lyme

I am a 40 year old California native who grew up playing many sports and brought that into adulthood, mainly playing basketball, hiking, and having vicious games of ping pong.  I enjoy many other hobbies including guitar, cooking, travel, and photography when not working as a psychotherapist.  Each summer I would help lead a group of children on hikes in northern California.  Life began to change a couple years ago when I developed back pain and fatigue.  Slowly, it spread and consumed me until I was unable to work.  I felt tired, as if I had the flu, headaches, heartbeat skips, and muscle fatigue every day all the time.  The symptoms were so intense, I was sure I was going to die, though I quickly learned to not share that with doctors, who gave me diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, psychosomatic disorder, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).  After I went to UC Davis for a few months, my doctor told me CFS was rare and there was nothing I could do to improve.  From reading on the Internet and sharing with others through Facebook groups, I learned about inaccurate testing for Lyme Disease, decided to get checked again, and found that I am positive for Lyme.  As of my writing here, I continue to have debilitating symptoms of pain, thinking, and fatigue, being home-bound and needing help for simple tasks like laundry.  I cannot work, participate in any of the activities I enjoy, and cannot socialize easily, making it very hard to maintain my relationships.  I feel I am lucky to have found the reason for my health issues within 2 years, as many others had not found out they have Lyme for many years, but the illness has taken my life away and seems very difficulty to recover from.

Greg

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