A year and a half ago, I started feeling off. It began with flu-like symptoms, which I convinced myself was a lingering sinus infection. I was weak, my body felt heavy, I had migraines, I was lightheaded, and my neck, back, and shoulders were radiating pain. My feet hurt, my brain was foggy, my heart would palpitate, and there were tingling and burning sensations all over my body. I could barely keep my eyes open. On days like this, it was hard to think that there’s anything good about having a chronic illness.
One day in December, my body crashed. For a whole week, I could barely get out of bed. My body felt as if it weighed over 1,000 pounds, I had a migraine that wouldn't go away with medication, and I felt depressed, to the point where I would start randomly crying in public for no reason. It was extremely scary, and I didn't understand what was happening.
The next week I felt better, so I just convinced myself that it was a virus. However, over time, these symptoms came roaring back full force along with others: debilitating fatigue; swollen and painful lymph nodes; brain fog; dizziness; body aches; chills and sweats; memory issues; and anxiety.
After going to more than 10 doctors over the course of a year who diagnosed me with “wedding stress,” adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, and “unknown viral or bacterial infection,” a new acupuncturist I started seeing suggested that I get tested for Lyme Disease and referred me to the right place.