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Bartonella and IBS

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Continuing my recent posts about Bartonella, I have another idea.

One of the diagnoses that a gastroenterologist came up with for me back in 2007 was Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She first wanted to rule out an acute infection. I had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy on the same day. She didn’t find much, just some localized areas of irritation. She found what she expected in my esophagus and stomach, given that I was vomiting daily, but no obvious cause. She couldn’t pinpoint a cause of irritation in my colon (and daily diarrhea) either.

We decided that I should skip the “push” endoscopy, where the small intestines are examined, because it has a high risk of perforating the intestinal wall and she wasn’t so clear about what she was looking for. Instead she treated me “empirically” for parasites with Flagyl.  It kind of worked and cleared up my diarrhea for half a week after making it worse for 2 weeks. Then we tried Cipro. Same results. Then she gave up and said maybe I had IBS.

As a person with a long history of bowel troubles (and a variety of mystery illnesses that eventually resolved on their own), I’m inclined to think that I’ve had Lyme disease or Bartonella from sometime long ago in my childhood when I spent every summer on Long Island. (For those of you who don’t know, Lyme is highly prevalent there among the substantial tick population, and has been since at least the 1970s.)

But my thoughts tonight go further. I wonder if the upswing in IBS diagnoses is not just from higher stress jobs and poor diet choices. Maybe this is what the Bartonella endemic looks like: people who have become infected through ticks, fleas, mosquitoes or contact with infected animals, and who are healthy enough to suppress the infection on their own, eventually succumb to it when their bodies are under some other form of stress. Then, when they go for routine diagnostic tests, the cause can’t be found because Bartonella doesn’t infect the interior lining of the digestive tract. It infects the blood and the nervous tissue. Since human digestive tracts have the second highest amount of nerves in the body after the brain, maybe that’s where the infection is, causing all sorts of problems but out of reach of standard probes.

This thought got started when I let someone try my coil machine for fun. She has digestive issues. When she looked up frequencies for her various symptoms, the frequency I use for Bartonella (832 Hz) popped up all over the place. So she tried that. Unexpectedly, she Herxed for a week.

Since I coiled my head for Bartonella three days ago, my digestive tract has been very upset. I’ve been careful about my diet, but I’ve had lots of gas and excessive quantities of unusually soft feces. I’ve had something akin to heartburn twice. I’ve been nauseated more frequently than usual. Could be that I’m detoxing or it could be that the poisons released by the dead Bartonella are the same ones that caused the original problems.

I wonder what kind of evidence it would take for a gastroenterologist to consider doing research into Bartonella as a possible cause of IBS, and honestly, all sorts of other mysterious GI problems like Crohn’s disease, colitis and the kind of food allergies associated with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Coiling

I’m continuing to add body parts for Babesia every few days. Today, I’m adding my knees (flat bone plus the end of a large bone, the femur, both of which contain high quantities of red marrow).

  • Babesia, liver, 5 minutes; chest, 5 minutes; ilia, 1 minute each side; shoulders w/blades, 1 minute each side; knees, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes

Detox

Nothing special.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • artichokes (fresh, 2)
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat
  • castor oil pack on liver

Body

I had another big night sweat last night. I was totally overheated. It woke me up fully. I didn’t sleep long enough, something short of 7 hours in bed with some time awake. Then some extra time lying on the couch, but not sleeping.

From the time I got up and all day, I’ve had floaters in my vision and moderate light sensitivity.

This morning, I had really severe pain in my legs (knees to toes) and arms (shoulders to fingers). Lying on the BioMat didn’t help. A hot shower didn’t help. My limbs hurt to the point of distraction all the way until about 5 pm. Then they let up for about 4 hours. Now the pain in them is increasing again.

My fatigue level dropped compared to yesterday and the day before. I’m still tired from not doing much, and I could have used a nap. Knowing in advance that I wasn’t going to get one, I stayed horizontal for as long as possible this morning. This is the Herx on the move.

My digestive tract was a gas explosion all day (Bartonella Herx?). It started at about 1pm and kept coming up with more and more until almost 9pm. Fortunately, these were L.B.H.s (loud but harmless). Also, fortunately, I was with relatives to whom I’m close enough that I didn’t have to hide it. I’ve been pretty nauseated this evening.

My mind has been rather scattered. All morning I kept getting distracted and couldn’t finish what I started. While I was with my relatives, I kept remembering things from 15+ years ago that they didn’t remember. It made me feel a bit crazy, but I really remember these things, I didn’t make them up.

I’m tired. The day is too long for the amount of sleep I got.

Good Stuff

Well, I got to celebrate my cousin’s 16th birthday with her and her family and my parents. We had enormous lobsters. We played with their old dog and their new puppy. We laughed and chatted and relaxed together.

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3 comments

  1. What’s your diet like, Rose?


  2. I think you may be right about the bartonella. I am experiencing very similar symptoms and tested positive for hemobartonella from fry labs



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