A mother-to-be has been ‘cured’ of a serious bacterial infection that left her in agonising pain – thanks to her baby.
Celeste Clancy, 28, from Acworth, Georgia, contracted Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick during a trip two years ago.
At its worst, the illness left her unable to walk, causing her uncontrollable full body tremors and muscle spasms.
Doctors finally diagnosed her after she made a video documenting her day-to-day life that displayed her shocking symptoms.
But none of the medication she was prescribed had any positive effect in relieving her pain.
However, her horrific side-effects vanished completely in December, just weeks before she found out she was pregnant with her son.
Mrs Clancy says conceiving helped to save her life, as medics believe her pregnancy hormones are countering the damage caused by the Lyme disease.
The project manager, who is due to give birth in September, said: ‘I had symptoms ranging from tinnitus, fleeting hearing loss, chronic pain, muscle spasms, brain fog, chronic fatigue, the inability to sound two syllable words and more.
‘I went from being very ill, where I was in so much pain I couldn’t walk and had to crawl up the stairs, it got to a point where my body seemed worthless.
‘The pain was just torturous, you’re in so much pain you can’t calm down it just hurts so bad, some of the worst phases can last for up to four hours.
‘When the symptoms stopped in December, I just sat in silence with my husband and cried tears of relief, for the first time in two years, I was not in excruciating pain.’
Mrs Clancy added: ‘I didn’t think I was pregnant because I was on birth control, but took the test anyway, it came back positive and then the next four did too.
‘It’s believed that pregnancy hormones somehow halt the bacteria in my body and since then I’ve not suffered from one single symptom of Lyme Disease.
‘For the type of pain I was in, there wasn’t any medication and no doctor I met, who could give me any form of relief.
‘So to think this little baby who I haven’t met yet, is giving me the relief I longed for is incredible, I totally feel like this baby has saved my life.’
Mrs Clancy was unaware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and dismissed a rash on her inner thigh she picked up during a trip to Salem, Connecticut in August 2014.
Instead she believed it was just a reaction to washing detergent or dry skin.
Her first symptom was an unusual, severe aching in her lower back, which later worsened and other symptoms arose.
Over time, her symptoms worsened and she got to the point where she was hardly able to concentrate through the pain.
Some days, just to travel around the house she had to use a neck pillow, or be carried around by her husband Shane.
In addition to recurrent ‘brain fog’, where Celeste was unable to think clearly, remember where she was nor what she was doing.
At one point, she didn’t know how to turn her car on and was so disorientated that she didn’t know why she had driven to a gas station.
Despite visiting five chiropractors, two orthopaedists, investigations from infectious disease specialists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and an emergency trip to the hospital, nothing was revealed until September 2016.
Her fifth chiropractor was suspicious of her severe discomfort and asked if she had ever been bit by a tick, encouraging her to get tested for Lyme disease.
She started on antibiotic treatment to blitz some of the bacteria in her body and alleviate some of her symptoms.
But in December, her symptoms stopped, which she would later discover was due to becoming pregnant.
|She started on antibiotic treatment to blitz some of the bacteria in her body and alleviate some of her symptoms. But in December, her symptoms stopped, which she would later discover was due to becoming pregnant|
For some patients, it is believed that the hormones produced during pregnancy can stop the effects of Lyme Disease.
Mrs Clancy is now celebrating her symptom-free time thanks to her son. She added: ‘I’ve gone from suffering from severe problems and not having any diagnosis to a miracle.
‘I’ve relished the pain-free moments that I’ve been given and am just so thankful to not be suffering pain any more.
‘It’s really incredible, I can’t describe how thankful I am for the relief and for my husband who was by my side every step of the way.’
To follow Mrs Clancy’s progress visit: www.keepingupwiththeclancys.blogspot.com
WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash called erythema migrans.
The disease can typically be treated by several weeks of oral anitibiotics.
But if left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous symptoms and be deadly.
Lyme disease is diagnosed through the symptoms, physical findings – such as rash – and the lieklihood of exposure to infected ticks.
To prevent Lyme disease, it is recommended that people use insect repellent, remove ticks promptly, apply pesticides and reduce tick habitat.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE INFECTED?
During the first three to 30 days of infection, these symptoms may occur:
▪ Muscle and joint aches
▪Swollen lymph nodes
▪ Erythema migrans (EM) rash
The rash occurs in approximately 80 per cent of infected people.
It can expand to up to 12 inches (30 cm), eventually clearing and giving off the appearance of a target or a ‘bull’s-eye’.
Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:
▪ Severe headaches and neck stiffness
▪ Additional EM rashes
▪ Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
▪ Facial or Bell’s Palsy
▪ Heart palpitations
▪ Problems with short-term memory
▪ Nerve pain