A mom and both her sons experienced a variety of emotional/mood and pain symptoms between them as a result of a Bartonella infection: anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, inconsolable crying, ADHD, rage, eye pain, joint pain and pain in the legs. This family case study was published in Parasites and Vectors in 2013. I would love to see individual amino acids being used to ease some of these symptoms while the infection is being treated (more on this below).
Here are some of the emotional and mood-related symptoms they experienced:
- the mother and both sons developed recurrent rash-like skin lesions, disruptive sleep patterns and both boys developed anxiety accompanied by episodes of inconsolable crying, irritability, and panic attacks
- subsequent to the spider infestation of the apartment, [the mother] developed fatigue, memory difficulties, headaches, irritability, eye pain, insomnia, chest pain, blurred vision, shortness of breath, rash and skin lesions and anxiety attacks.
- The youngest son… awakened at night crying and complaining of pain in his legs
- The older son experienced increased irritability and rage episodes. In addition, the boy’s teacher indicated a lack of attention during class, and suggested that the child might have an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The youngest son also developed severe neurological symptoms and was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy.
You can read the full investigation, timing, sequence of events and all the symptoms in the paper: Bartonella henselae infection in a family experiencing neurological and neurocognitive abnormalities after woodlouse hunter spider bites
Creating awareness, motivating, inspiring and educating
I’d like to highlight some of the reasons for sharing this paper:
- creating more awareness about the emotional/mood symptoms that can occur with a Bartonella henselae infection
- educating about this infection in general so other families can find solutions quicker than this family did
- motivating and inspiring you to not give up looking for answers for you and your family – this mom suspected Bartonella infection after doing internet searches (almost 3 years after all this started)
- creating more awareness about possible hosts other than ticks (in this case woodlice and woodlice hunter spiders)
- highlighting how family members exposed to the same infection can have different symptoms and how some family members may not be infected at all (in this case the father was not affected)
- highlighting that some individuals (the mom in this case) do not recall being bitten and yet still get sick
- educating on how amino acids can offer much symptom relief during the investigation and treatment of the infection (more on this below)
Treatment with antibiotics and Chinese herbs
This family was successfully treated with antibiotics and other medications once it was determined Bartonella was the cause of their symptoms:
The parents report that the [youngest] child is actively socializing with other children and now runs and plays like he had never done before.
Following this antibiotic course, the mother reported substantial overall improvement and was almost symptom free. However, she continues to experience occasional irritability, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and pain involving the shoulder, hip and the bottoms of her feet.
One of the common symptoms of Bartonella is burning feet and this article, How to Put Out the Fire in Your Burning Bartonella Feet, mentions a herb from the Zhang protocol:
In Chinese herbal medicine, an herb called “houttuynia” is classified as “Clearing Heat and Relieving Toxicity.” This herb has been successfully used to treat Bartonella by a Chinese physician in New York named Dr. Q. Zhang. This herb has antibacterial and antiviral properties in addition to clearing heat and toxins. Fortunately this herb can be combined with other herbs to help relieve Bartonella symptoms.
I mention this because I am personally familiar with the Zhang protocol, having used it when working with Dr. Darin Ingels to address my Lyme disease (Borrelia). Dr. Ingels is the author of The Lyme Solution and writes about the Zhang protocol in this excellent book.
Using amino acids to address anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems, crying and pain
Individual amino acids, used as supplements, can offer much symptom relief during the investigation and treatment of the Bartonella infection, however they are seldom recommended. I would love to see this change and become the norm.
In this blog post, GABA helps with Lyme anxiety (while addressing the underlying disease), Tricia shares that “Lyme, Bartonella and Babesia are all known to cause anxiety and other psychological disorders ranging from mild to very severe.” She also shares that her daughter used GABA:
We’ve used Source Naturals GABA Calm sublinguals with good results. I learned about GABA helping anxiety and because I was treating my young daughter I purchased this because it was easy for her to take.
Looking at some of the emotional symptoms this family experienced, and how the amino acids could have helped:
- anxiety, irritability, and panic attacks: can be eased by using tryptophan/5-HTP
- disruptive sleep patterns and waking: can be helped by using calming GABA
- inconsolable crying: can be eased by using DPA to boost endorphins
- headaches, pain in the legs, shoulders and elsewhere: can be eased with DPA and/or tryptophan
- rage episodes: can be eased with tryptophan/5-HTP
- ADHD: can be helped with GABA in some instances and 5-HTP in other instances
I feel for this poor family. It certainly was a very complex family case and reflects the need to dig deep to find the root cause. And I appreciate the case being written up so more awareness can be created.
Have you or your family experienced something like this? And has your practitioner introduced you to the amino acids for some symptom relief while they are addressing the infection/s?
If you’re a practitioner working with Lyme disease and coinfections such as Bartonella, have you seen cases similar to this one? Do you use amino acids for some symptom relief while addressing the infection/s?
Feel free to post your questions and feedback in the comments below.