treatment + costs
Treatment goes far far beyond the supplements and antibiotics. It’s a healing of the body and mind. Clean up your diet by eliminating all forms of sugar, gluten and yeast. Detox. Eliminate all forms negative energy. I believe that even people close to you that negatively impact your healing falls into this category. Don’t talk about Lyme to everybody and anybody who will listen, only those that truly care about you and those who can make a difference in your life. Don’t spend the rest of your waking hours googling symptoms and participating in forums. Get plenty of rest of sleep when your body calls for it.
Presently on no type of medication other than pre-natal, and anti-vomit pills for morning sickness 🙂 Expecting a baby Oct 2016.
Jan 2014 – April 2015
Did Japanese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Remedies for about 1.5 years. (the type of Chinese Doctor that will make you stick out your tongue and take your pulse and can diagnose you with whatever you have based on those 2 things.) I stopped mainly for 3 reasons:
- The combined cost was about $400 a month.
- The Chinese Doctor moved to a location about 2 hours away. And he is not replaceable by any other Chinese Doctor.
- I felt that it was time for me to stop.
November 2013 – Present
Got off all and any type of prescription medication.
March 2013 – November 2013
On a mostly Herbal remedy that consists of Artemisinin, a medication called Alinia and the usual supplements.
July 2012 – February 2013
(approx $29.80* with coverage / month) (approx$149/month with no coverage)
- PULSE A: for 10 days
Clindamycin 150 mg (1 pills 4x a day)
Quinine 200 mg (2 pills a day)
Bab2 (by Beyond Balance): 23-50 drops (2x a day)
- PULSE B: for 10 days
Plaquenil 200 mg (1 pill 2x a day)
Tinidazole 500 mg (1 pill 2x a day) – Due to my intolerance of Flagyl, I’m taking this instead. Say hi to Flagyl’s sister.
Clarithromycin 500mg (1 pill 2x a day)
Rotate these 2 pulses every 10 days for 3 months
April 2012 – July 2012
(approx $245.86* every 1-2 months)
- Nystatin (2 pills 3X a day) not available in Canada $66.19
- Plaquenil/Hydroxychloroquine (200mg 1pill 2X a day) – $20.87
- Zithromax (250mg 1pill 2X a day) – $88.58
- Doxycycline (100mg 2pills 2X a day) – $64.65
- Metronidazole/Flagyl (250mg 1 pill 2X a day in 2 weeks on/2 weeks off cycle) – $5.57
Summary of Treatment #1 (3 months)
I introduced each medication every week. It took me 6 weeks to get up to full doses. I had no effects from the Nystatin. Neither with the Plaquenil. It is advised that you see an Ophthalmologist when on Plaquenil because it can make your vision turn yellow. My LLMD said this is rare, but still a warning. Zithromax had side effects of diarreah, which led me to test for C. Diff and came back negative and eventually this all went away. Doxycycline is very hard on the stomach. It made me very nauseous all day. This disappeared eventually in the beginning of month 3 and reduced to only about an hour after each dose. It eventually disappeared altogether. I also took acupuncture for nausea. Flagyl/Metronidizole had me convinced that satan himself came to possess me so I had to end it after 9 days of use. It made me incredibly nauseous, one episode of vomiting, loss of appetite, lost 4 pounds in 7 days and turned my tongue a dark green/white/brown. Replaced this with Grapefruit Seed Extract (Herbal) which is also a Cyst Buster. Dosage started at 1 drop, 2 x a day and worked up by increasing 1 drop per dose to 10 drops, 2 x a day in diluted 5 oz glass of water. Read more about my experience here.
How to get your Oral Antibiotics in Canada if you have private health insurance?
If you are being treated in the states, your LLMD will write you a prescription. Depending on which meds are prescribed, some may not be available in Canada. For these, you will have to get across the border. For meds that are available in Canada, you will need to get a GP to re-write them for you. If you are not covered by health insurance, just get them across the border. Out of country prescriptions are not valid in Canada. In turn you could go to canadadrugs.com, however I have never done this so I am not sure how it works.
Daily Supplements – Total: $200 + (lasts 2-3 months)
You can find these at your local health food store or grocery store. However it is better to get it at a health food store as the grocery store brands aren’t great at all. Click on available links for more info.
- Ester C
Meriva SR (Curcumin)(I bought this, however never really implemented it yet)
- Milk Thistle
- Fish Oil
- Serrapeptase – Added May 29, 2012
- Ultra Flora alternating every other day with Sacharomyces Boulardii ** VERY IMPORTANT!
Daily Herbs/Tinctures Total: $40 (not sure how long these will last but I’m sure for a couple of months)
- Cat’s Claw, Dandelion, Astralagus adding in July 2012
- Teasel Root – added June 29, 2012
- Grapefruit Seed Extract – added June 3, 2012
Other Miscellaneous Associated Costs Related to Lyme Since February 2012
* I have some services and meds covered under Health Plan, but these are the costs.
- Spiritual Prayer – FREE!
- Homeopathic Consults – $240 *
- Western Blot Igenex #188, #189 – $203.05
- Fedex Igenex – $69.46
- LLMD 1st Appt – $654.00
- LLMD Subsequent Appointments (2x / Year) – $272.50
- LLMD Phone Consults (4X / Year) – $136.25
- Infrared Sauna Purchase – $1671.49
- Lymebook – $32.78
- Chiropractor – $140/mth *
- + so much more that I haven’t documented.
Required Monthly Blood Labs (free covered by OHIP)
If being treated in the states, you will need your primary GP to order these tests for you here in Canada. Then you will need to obtain these copies and get them to your LLMD monthly.
- CBC – Complete Blood Count
- AST – Liver Function
- ALT – Liver Function
- BUN – Kidney Function
- CREATININE – Kidney Function
- Amylase – Pancreas (when on Mepron or Malarone Antibiotics)