Oh wow! what did he get better?
No, not until recently. That was back in 2001. The doctors didn't know what it was. He had a very obvious bartonella rash and none of the doctors knew what that was. About 4 or 5 doctors stood around scratching their heads. There were no Lyme experts anywhere at that time. Two Lyme specialists opened a clinic near our town only 2 years ago, and it was only about 1 1/2 years ago that he was finally diagnosed with Lyme, bartonella and babesia. He had been in treatment since then and still struggles with anemia, but is getting better.
I don't typically see anaemia in my community-based practice.
The doctors couldn't figure it out, either. They thought he maybe had an ulcer or even cancer, but he didn't. To have such a case of anaemia as he had, they were sure that he was bleeding from somewhere internally. He did have some pretty bad, chronic acid reflux, so they decided that he was bleeding from that. He was put on Prilosec and was on it for years, which isn't good for anybody, but nothing else worked. He also had to take iron supplements and the minute he didn't take them, his iron would take a dive and he'd be anaemic again. His acid reflux has greatly improved with treatment for the various infections and his anaemia has disappeared. He takes Zinlori for acid reflux now, which is a natural product and doesn't have the risky side effects that other otc products for acid reflux do. He still takes a supplement with iron because if he doesn't, his ferritin level drops.