Seven months ago my world was turned upside down. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I went from being extremely healthy to extremely sick. What was happening to me? I went from doctor to doctor, and nobody really had an explanation as to why I was feeling they way I was. In fact, quite a few of the doctors I visited thought I was nuts. I knew I wasn’t, though, and kept telling everyone that I can feel that there is something wrong with my body. I just don’t feel like myself, and knew that I was battling something serious. $10,000 later (yes, you read that correctly) I took matters into my own hands and began doing a ton of research, only to find that all of my symptoms pointed to Lyme Disease. I sought out a Lyme Disease Specialist, took the proper test, and just heard back this morning that I do in fact have Lyme. So now I’m dealing with Lyme Disease.
How did I get Lyme Disease? That is the ultimate question because I have absolutely no idea. I do have a theory, though. I grew up in the country side and remember being bitten by ticks a few times. I believe that Lyme has remained suppressed within my system for years, but because my immune system has been so strong it’s never had the opportunity to pop it’s head out. That changed after I visited Mexico and picked up parasites. I believe the parasites wreaked havoc on my immune system, letting the Lyme Disease come out to play. Again, that’s a theory. It might have been that I was bitten by some other bug, or even got bitten by a tick recently without knowing it. Whatever the case, I don’t remember any type of bullseye rash that is pretty common with Lyme infections. Regardless, here I am, writing this blog, dealing with this awful disease that has tormented so many people.
What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease? Here are all of them that I’ve dealt with for the past 7 months, and they come and go in cycles.
I’ve come to discover that working out brings out all of the symptoms full force. It’s a tough thing to swallow for a Fitness Coach. Working out is my life, it’s my career, and I will have to change some things in my lifestyle to cater to this disease. However, it’s not going to stop me from living or helping others. I made that choice about a month ago before I had no idea what was going on. When I thought about it, I have two choices. I can sit here and let this disease cripple me and let it control my entire life, leading to possibly depression, or I can choose to accept it, deal with it, and adjust my life accordingly, still remembering all of the great things in my life. I have a wonderful wife, two amazing daughters, and a little one on the way. I also love my career as a Beachbody Coach, love helping others and giving back, love the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization that I support, love my friends, and am blessed to be in an incredible financial situation because of my business. Life is good! No disease will knock me down, I won’t let it. Whenever anything negative pops into my head, I replace it with a positive thought, and I have learned how to do so through years of personal development. “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz is the book that I started with, and it’s the book that I’m currently reading as well. I’m alive and have an incredible life, and for that I am truly thankful and will never take for granted.
So how am I dealing with Lyme disease on the treatment side of things? Luckily, a month or so ago I found a Lyme Specialist (LLMD) and he diagnosed me with Lyme before even taking the Igenex test, so I started antibiotic treatment right away and have been doing so for the past 4 weeks. In addition to that, after much research, I have made the decision to switch to a vegan lifestyle to help with the healing process. From everything I have learned, that seems to be the most effective. It’s important to eliminate gluten (breads, pasta), meat, lower the sugar intake, and stick with raw vegetables and fruits. I just ordered a book called “The Lyme Diet” and will be reading through that soon. I’m willing to do whatever I can to get better. I’m also thinking about going through one of the best cleanses I’ve found called the Ultimate Reset. Keep following my blog, as I will update it as I go through this treatment process. And in case you were wondering how I’ve been feeling since starting the antibiotics, I’m feeling better. The mental clarity as come back for the most part, but I’m still having a lot of neck issues and have been having trouble sleeping. If I’m comparing how I’m feeling now to how I was feeling 2 months ago, though, it’s night and day.
If you are dealing with Lyme Disease or what you think is Lyme, be sure to (1) Find a good LLMD, and (2) Get the Igenex testing done. Most normal testing for Lyme Disease is incredibly inaccurate. I had 2 tests done and they both came back negative for Lyme. The Igenex test is the best one that I have found. Hopefully your case is a little different, but my normal doctors were completely clueless as I stated above. Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s in your head or that you’re crazy! If you feel that something is wrong with you, don’t give up and keep searching for someone who WILL HELP YOU! Trust me, I know how frustrating it can be, and sometimes you will even question your sanity, but there is someone out there who can help. This is a battle you can win. I’m on my journey to recovery and will remain as positive as I can throughout this whole thing. If you have any questions or want to connect with me, just “follow” me on Facebook.
My name is Josh Spencer and I'm a husband, father, online fitness Coach (since 2008), soon to be author, and holistic healing advocate. Since 2008 I've helped thousands and thousands of people make a change in their health! I believe that in order to make incredible changes you have to have the right mindset, nutrition, and workout plan.