Covered doesn’t even cover the amount of red/purple dots that are taking over my body.
At first a few purple spots on my thighs weren’t pleasant, but as time went on over the weekend the dots draw themselves all over my body. Even looking like I’ve been attacked by cats sharp claws in some places ( believe me - I haven’t. )
I have had a rash before now where it was just on my thighs. The doctors and hospital did nothing, despite my professor wanting me to have a shot of Pencillin incase that rash was indeed something like meningitis.
Lyme can trigger mengintis so that is why it’s very important not to dismiss any reaction now a days.
I asked the Lyme admin team their thoughts on my rash. Along with my increased head pressure, nausea and stomach issues they believed my rash could be the beginning of Bartonella. Bartonella is also a tick borne disease, that many people with Lyme suffer with.
So what are the symptoms ? I want to know more about Bartonella!
- enlarged lymph nodes
- rashes and rashes that present themselves in a stretch mark way
- digestive issues
- bone pain ( neck and back)
The Bartonella bacteria is hard to detect with lab tests. As the live inside the cells, to protect themselves from the body’s immune system and antibiotics. There are many different types of Bartonella bacteria, a bit like Lyme Borrelia.
Here is a informative piece of information by rawlmsd.com
Here is an example of a Bartonella rash:
After entering the body (by whatever means), bartonella infects specialized white blood cells called CD 34+. These blood cells are precursors for cells that line blood vessels and other tissues (endothelial cells). The microbe enters the cell and creates a cyst around itself (called a vacuole) to gain protection. It also turns off the ability of the cell to self-destruct. Chemical messengers stimulated by bartonella microbes cause more CD 34+ cells to congregate. These messengers simultaneously suppress other key parts of the immune response. CD 34+ migrate throughout the body and replace damaged endothelial cells. This places bartonella exactly where it wants to be. Once established inside blood vessels, bartonella starts scavenging red blood cells as a nutrient source.
If immune function is not up to par, however, chronic low grade infection can occur. It occurs insidiously; the person has a low grade illness initially, but then never gets completely better. Degree of debility is variable and dependent on immune status. It is possible (even common) to have chronic infection without having noticeable symptoms.
Bartonella gains protection from the immune system by invading cells lining blood vessels. Symptoms are mostly related to damage caused to small blood vessels (small vessel disease). Types of symptoms are related to the organs involved. Typical organs that can be affected include the liver, spleen, bone marrow, eyes, skin, and the entire vascular system including the heart.
Typical Symptoms of Chronic Infection
Skin rash at the site of initial infection, low grade fever (100-102), and swollen lymph nodes (near the initial infection site) are hallmarks of initial infection. Lymph nodes can be filled with pus and drain in severe cases. Other common symptoms include severe fatigue, muscle pain, body aches, and eye infection (conjunctivitis). Liver and spleen enlargement can occur acutely and with chronic infection.
Chronic infection can be associated with relapsing low grade fever.
Chronic eye problems include blurred vision, photophobia and eye irritation.
Bartonella commonly infects bone marrow with resulting bone pain. The most common location is the shin bone. Another classic bartonella symptom is pain in the soles of feet upon waking in the morning. This is associated with trauma to blood vessels in the soles of the feet with walking. Ankle and knee pain, one side or both, is also relatively common.
Anemia can occur from bartonella scavenging nutrients from red blood cells.
Small vessel disease can affect the brain and nervous system. Headaches are not uncommon. Depression and rage may be linked to chronic bartonella infection. Other neurological symptoms include poor balance, brain fog, decreased cognition, memory impairment, insomnia, and restlessness. The results in poor stress tolerance and anxiety.
Demineralization of teeth and jaw can cause chronic face and neck pain. Chronic bartonella infections are associated with higher rate of root canals (compromise of small vessels supplying the tooth). Transient tooth pain is not uncommon.
Small vessel disease can affect function of the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic systems) resulting in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
Chronic bartonella infection affects the entire vascular system. Infection of cells lining the heart (endocarditis) can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, and in some cases, damage to heart valves. Respiratory symptoms can include unexplained cough.
Bartonella can affect the urogenital region causing irritable bladder, kidney disease, pelvic pain, and infertility. There is evidence that bartonella can be passed during pregnancy and between partners.
Severely immunocompromised individuals (mainly AIDS) can develop cranberry-like skin lesions from proliferation of infected blood vessels under the skin.
Chronic bartonella infection can be associated with abdominal pain, loose stools or constipation, and general intestinal function, but this may or may not be specifically caused by bartonella.
Symptoms are highly variable and often not severely debilitating. The spectrum of symptoms widely overlaps with other low virulence microbes. An average doctor would mark it off as simply aging and offer only prescriptions to control the symptoms, nothing more.
Not a pleasant disease.
Currently the doctors believe it’s purely an allergic reaction. Of course to them I’m not allergic to anything and I am crazy, it’s all in my head.
I can’t magically cast a spell on myself and make myself break out in rashes however.
As per- they never read my notes properly and not do they class increased head pain, fatigue, nausea and digestive issues as fit and healthy. My love temperature didn’t even cause them to question their thermometer. To be fair they know 34.9 degrees is not normal and questionable when 32-35 degrees C is considered in the bracket of hypothermia. So it was written by the doctor on a piece of paper- not on my notes.
So ultimately I left with antihistamines containing lactose and sugars ( my Lyme will be loving it ) and strong steroid cream.
We will see if I get any improvements over night because if this doesn’t improve, I will be going back.
Maybe the doctors partly knew they were fobbing me off because even they told me to come back if things don’t improve.
The full moon was last week and as always it sucks the life out of me. Last week was a struggle.
There were days when just moving was a problem, with weakness and causing extra nausea feelings. I was wiped out. So tired. I was dealing with a bruised head from my injections and then my rash.
With my set back on my results this week and despite agreeing to do my weekly tests every other week, next week I think I will do my tests again, in hope I’ve managed to pull back a little bit.
life at the moment is tough. Beyond tough, it never seems to get easier.
I pray to God this rash goes down, no scars and never to return.
With summer coming up the thought of fancy, bright and skin baring clothes used to excite me. Now I am just faced with clothes I wish I could buy and wear but don’t have the will or confidence to at the present time.
Don’t take ANYTHING for granted.
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.