So why did I stop the protocol if I am not 100% better? The main reason is that I feel I need to give my body a break from it all. Herbs have been coursing through my blood stream non-stop for the past year and some change, my body has been over-taxed with the amount of toxins produced from Lyme and its coinfection, and to be frank, my own quality of life has diminished due to the nature and dedication such a treatment protocol requires.
So what's the conclusion?
To be fair, I can't absolutely say that the Buhner protocol has or hasn't put my Lyme into remission. I still have symptoms remaining which could either be the cause of remaining toxins, coinfections, or even a stubborn Lyme infection. What I can say for certain is that it has given me back parts of my life that I have long since been without.
- Arbitrary fatigue is nearly gone. I no longer need to nap during the day
- Memory has increased greatly. No longer do I find myself forgetting people's name after meeting them for the first time.
- I've been working again for the past year, and have yet to call out sick.
- I've started writing music again after a long hiatus. For those that don't know, I am a musician.
- I'm lifting weights again! Actually I've even put on a couple pounds from doing so.
- Certain foods I can eat again without having adverse reactions such as turmeric.
- Hair loss has dropped drastically
- I can partially feel again, emotionally. It gets exponentially better each day. For those with floating, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
- Brain fog, and a partial inability to find the correct word to express and convey my thoughts. It's arbitrary because some days I'm a genius and incredibly articulate, and the next I feel like a blubbering moron.
- A strange weakness that still lingers actually light cardio, but never after lifting weights.
- A little joint pain here and there. Usually from lifting too much too fast.