Hi all, Just a few days ago I found out I have Lyme disease. I'm an Australian who up until last year had never been out of the country. I grew up in South Australia and travelled to the ACT to see family semi-regularly, and to the South Coast of NSW. I spent two years in Darwin when I was 19/20, but my health issues were already starting to emerge by then. I'm unsure where I could have been infected. I and my mother don't recall that I was ever bitten by a tick or any spiral rash. I've been bitten by lots of things though and used to react badly to mosquito bites. I had recurring bouts of ear infections in early childhood, and recurring bouts of bronchitis and tonsillitis in childhood. Insomnia began about age 17/18, then things got steadily worse until I was bed-ridden with what a doctor finally called chronic fatigue syndrome when I was 32 years old. I had many of the strange symptoms i've read in Lyme symptoms lists since my diagnosis. I've created a few threads over the years on this site, starting when I starting the antiviral protocol and then when I started the methylation protocol. Prior to that I did the Marshall Protocol which back then was using the main drug Olmesartan taken every 4-6 hours combined with low-dose, pulsed antibiotics including minocycline and azythromycin. These two antibiotics helped me the most. Azythromycin helped alleviate the chronic and severe pressure in the nape of my neck and induced herx in the way of powerful penetrating migraines in that area. However, it didn't get around to the rest of my head and I still have this chronic tension type/pressure headache, like a band wrapped around my head. My temples and frontal brain area are the most noticeable. I only stopped the Marshall Protocol because the gains had slowed significantly, and I was started to get unbearable insomnia. Perhaps, though, that was the antibiotics working their way through the brain regions that are infected. I've started Stephen Buhner's herbal protocol and have an appointment with a Lyme doctor in a few weeks. I'm open to antibiotics and perhaps resuming the olmesartan in combination with the herbs. Given my response in the past, i'm interested to see how I go with some doxycycline, something I never tried. It was only recommended as a second-line treatment at the time if a person didn't respond to mino. It's been such a strange and long journey. To finally have a proper understanding of what i'm dealing with is huge. However it comes with some reservation that I may never fully recover, as some don't. I hear results are very positive with Buhner's methods though. Both he and a number of local herbalists and naturopaths i've seen have also attested to. And I did really well on a herbal protocol many years ago, but stopped as things stopped working and it was very expensive. I didn't realise the need for constantly monitoring and adjusting dosing to achieve remission. This time I do, so i'm hopeful things will get better. Having said that, i'm doing quite badly lately. I'm not sure if it's herx or a reaction to some new herb. I have a tendency to throw everything at my body too quickly, so perhaps i'll back off and add one herb at a time, as is recommended. I'll post my progress on this thread as I go along.