Well, as some of you know, I was possibly diagnosed with lyme disease for the third time in July, then I was told I didn't have it, then that I probably did, and so forth in this fashion. I had similar symptoms, arm and hand weakness and pain, periodic day sweats, fatigue, but I had some dissimilar symptoms as well, no fever, no neck locking, no night sweats. Even though some of the IGM and IGG bands were positive, my general lyme tests were negative.
Having had C-Diff, I wanted to keep off antibiotics and ultimately was able to. I changed over to a naturopathic doctor who began to treat me with Cat's Claw and Reservatrol, which to my amazement, after two weeks of use, has eliminated my sweats, arm and hand pain!
Now, the other odd thing I was getting with this, were these weird bouts of D, different than IBS (I won't describe how here) and I wondered why now, 11 months out, this was changing?
Well, my ND did one other test every other doctor forgot, she checked my thyroid and B12 levels and guess what, I have B12 levels just under the baseline amount, and while that might not effect some, when my vitamin levels hit just under baseline, my body gets messed up badly. Potassium D deficiency made my heart act up severely and it was only borderline back in January for example.
So I looked up what B12 deficiency can cause. Weakness of muscles in arms and hands, bouts of D, loss of balance, tingling/numbness in hands and feet/neuropathy (I had this also), fatigue. Hmmm, fascinating, now I can't explain why my IGM and IGG bands were up, maybe it's just the fact that lyme shows positive for former lyme victims or maybe it was a minor relapse. But if all those things can be caused by B12, and going on B12 pills later today fixes it, I will be quite impressed.
Now how do you get a B12 deficiency? There are a number of conditions that can cause it, Celiac disease, Crohns etc., but I did not see C-diff mentioned. However, my deduction states, that because when we have C-Diff, we are no longer properly processing food, an opening for B12 deficiency occurs because B12 has to be properly extracted from food in the small intestine and for those of us with PI-IBS after C-diff, processing food in the small intestine is the problem, it's moving way to fast.
C-Diff and it's cure, Flagyl/Vanco, knocks out your whole of intestinal bacteria and in my case, has caused IBS for 11 months, meaning to me, that food is flying through my small intestine not properly digested for episodes last up to a week, several times every month. So toss in 1 month C-diff and 24 days of Flagyl + 11 months of PI-IBS and I think that's how I ended up with low B12.
So I will be interested to see if correcting B12 not only fixes several of my problems, but also stops the PI-IBS.
I'm quite impressed with this naturopath, so far her natural meds have made several of my lyme type symptoms vanish, if these B12 pills fix the rest, she will be the best doctor I've had in 5 years.