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Something was seriously wrong with me and no one could tell me what it was. I sought out every specialist that would see me, and everyone looked perplexed and said they had no idea what was going on with my health. I knew I had Lyme disease...I had been treated for it for years...but this wasn't part of the Lyme... I finally stumbled across Dr. Raj Patel, and for the first time, someone knew exactly what was wrong with me. I had toxic mold exposure. It explained all the symptoms I was having, and we even tested the buildings at my college where I spent the most time, and sure enough--toxic black mold.
So we finally had the diagnosis, but I soon learned that it was going to be a really long and REALLY slow road ahead. Dr. Patel is extremely thorough, and explained that we needed to go after the viruses, bacteria, Lyme, and mold, to finally get me feeling good again. And he insisted that above all I needed to completely limit my exposure to all mold. I couldn't live in mold. Work in mold. Spend time in any place that had mold...or my treatment just wouldn't work, and I would only get worse.
For the first year of seeing him, I didn't follow his advice. I took every single medicine, but I continued to be in buildings I knew had mold. I had been dealing with Lyme disease for 10 years...I knew how to fight through things... But it became apparent that this wasn't something I could just fight through. I became worse and worse, until I couldn't function. Finally, a year ago, I hit rock bottom. I was too weak to lift my arms up. Brush my hair. Make food. Too weak to do anything but lay in bed. Finally after discussing it with my parents, we decided to do things his way. We had wasted a year only getting worse. I had nothing left to lose.
Dr. Patel explained that if I truly wanted to get better, I now had to stop going into buildings entirely. He said even 2 minutes at the grocery store might expose me to too much mold, and mess up our treatment protocol. He said for the next 6-9 months I couldn't go anywhere except doctors appointments, and during those I would wear my charcoal face mask.
And thus started my year of doing nothing but trying to get well. I followed what Dr. Patel said down to the smallest details. I was taking medicine nearly every fifteen minutes all throughout the day. I completely changed my diet. I wanted to get better, and this man truly believed I would.
For months I didn't feel better. It was so hard to keep following the protocol when I didn't see any improvement. But I just kept doing it. Slowly we checked different viruses and bacteria off the list, and made our way towards starting the medicine VIP, which was the final stage of treatment. Then everything changed.
I had energy. I started to be able to exercise--something the Lyme had prevented me from doing for the past 10 years. I could run. Do yoga. Climb stars. And the most amazing part was that my recover time had gone from needing days in bed after a 4 minute walk, to just resting on the couch for 5 minutes after a 10 minute RUN! By treating both the Lyme and the mold together, my symptoms became almost nonexistent. I was on antibiotics for the Lyme for ten years before seeing Dr. Patel. I couldn't get off of them without having a full relapse, but Dr. Patel told me and my family in our first appointment that he would get me off of them. We had no idea that that's exactly what he would do. I have been off antibiotics for 8 months now and feel fantastic.
Dr. Patel has truly saved my life. I feel healthier now than I ever have before. And I know now how important it will be from here on out for me to limit my exposure to mold. There were so many times I wanted to stop my mold treatment because it wasn't helping, but I am SO grateful that I kept going. I have my life back, and it's because of Dr. Raj Patel.
R.L. – June, 2016
In 2011 my husband and I remodeled our house. The process was very intense and stressful and it completely wiped out my immune system. As we completed the remodel all hell started to break loose in my body. Within three months I had become disabled and bed ridden. I bounced from specialist to specialist and no one could find what was wrong with me. I had countless blood draws and procedures, which had cost me $15K and still I didn’t have an answer and I was continuing to get worse. I literally thought I was dying. By this time I had 40+ symptoms. Every system in my body was affected. My primary care doctor told me she thought that I was just depressed and that I didn’t know it, but that my body was showing it. Out of all of my symptoms not one of them was depression. It’s just appalling how I was treated. The real problem was that no one did the right tests.
Dr. Patel was the 14th doctor I went to on this journey, and he was the first doctor that listened to me and went after a true diagnosis. He also was the only doctor that had an understanding of the entire body. The specialist that I went to only knew their specialty. He was incredibly thorough in his testing and finally I got an answer, I was suffering from Lyme disease, co-infections and parasites. I was one sick woman.
Looking back I now realize that I have had symptoms for decades stemming from a tick that my dad pulled off of me as a kid. The stress of the remodel was the tipping point for me.
Since my own diagnosis, my two sons, my dad and my sister have also tested positive with Lyme disease. We are all patients of Dr. Patel’s. I trust him with my family.
The beauty of the way Dr. Patel practices is that he has each one of us on our own individualized program. One size does not fit all. He listens to me and encourages me to have a say in my treatment. Appointments are ½ an hour long and at least 90% of the time he is right on schedule. There is nothing easy about treatment, but it is completely worth it as I get better and better.
Suzy, his nurse is amazing too. She is an expert in her field and has helped me countless times.
I can’t recommend Dr. Patel’s practice highly enough. He has saved my life and the lives of my family too.
Joanna B. – July, 2014
In my early 20's I was experiencing strange and seemingly unrelated medical symptoms. Each series of doctor visits would play out the same, beginning with a doctor telling me that it was strange for a girl my age to be experiencing such maladies and reassuring me that they would get to the bottom of it. After a few tests, the doctor would say that there was nothing wrong with me and send me away. Then each indication would disappear on its own and a new one would appear about a month later. After a while, the doctors started looking at me sideways and I began to wonder if I was just being a baby. I wondered if these were just aches and pains of daily living and if I should just learn to “suck it up.” So that's what I did, until my mom became seriously ill...
... She found Dr. Patel in the nick of time who diagnosed her with Lyme Disease and she began treatment. It was then that I found out what typical Lyme symptoms were and began to wonder about myself. Then there was a realization that my mom has had Lyme for much longer than we previously thought (decades) and there was a possibility that she passed it to me during gestation. I went to Dr. Patel, tested positive for Lyme and a few co-infections, and started treatment.
Dr. Patel is unbelievably thorough in his testing and treatment protocol. It is obvious that his goal isn't only to heal your ailment, but to make your overall health better than you could ever conceive of. We are still doing some clean-up work, but I am Lyme free for the first time and it's great. I feel better and have more energy than I have in a really long time and we're still moving forward. I can't imagine how fantastic I'll be feeling when he's done with me, and wait to see what that looks like. I have learned so much about myself along the way, have a new appreciation for life, and will never take this body of mine for granted again! Thank you Dr. Patel for helping me and for saving my mom. I am eternally grateful for you and wish there were more doctors like you who genuinely care about their patients. Everybody deserves a Dr. Patel in their life!
Bianca S. – May, 2014
I had Lyme for four years before I met Dr Patel. I lost my job, my insurance, my house, my savings, and most of my friends. I felt overwhelmed by the illness and by the complicated treatments. I was going under.
When I met Dr Patel I felt immediately that he could help me because he had not only the medical expertise but such a positive, inspiring attitude. He addressed every aspect of my condition -- physical, emotional, and spiritual. He took the time to explain the treatment protocols and why they were necessary. He gave me the information, motivation, and encouragement I needed to follow an extremely challenging treatment plan for over three years.
There were many ups and downs and difficult days, but I was able to stay with it. I felt that I was on a winning team – Dr. Patel, my acupuncturist, the practitioners who did my testing and desensitization, the companies who provided the remedies, and me. I worked very hard for a long time and it paid off. One day I tested negative for Lyme. I could hardly believe it. Six months later, my symptoms were still gone and I tested negative again. Now I believe it. I got my life back!
Carol R., R.N. – January, 2013
I was fortunate enough to land in Dr. Patel's care after many years of mysterious symptoms that escalated to a debilitating illness in January, 2009. After baffling dozens of doctors, Dr. Patel was the one who took the time, actually listened, and showed true compassion for the misery that I was feeling....I knew right away that I had finally found the medical professional who was going to help me, what a relief!
In February 2009, I tested positive for Lyme disease, several coinfections, and a couple of other "byproducts" of a compromised immune system. It was during that appointment that Dr. Patel explained that the healing process would be long (1-2 years, maybe more), but promised to give me my life back. I am here to say that this man keeps his promises! Dr. Patel demonstrated a remarkable understanding of Lyme and associated illnesses, provided appropriate and customized treatment along the way, and amazing care and attentiveness that, in my opinion, far surpassed the care of any physician that I had seen in the past.
I've also got to say that Dr. Patel's staff goes above and beyond the call of duty as well...from the nurses (sometimes I think that Suzy is an angel in disguise :-), office staff, to the front desk, everyone is so helpful, efficient, and caring. I can't imagine traveling this road in any other place. The journey's been long but I feel better than I can ever remember. Truly, there is no better gift. Thank you Dr. P, I am forever grateful!
Cheryl F. – May, 2011
My health problems started after I had a series of accidents that changed my life. The vicious cycle of misdiagnosis, nontreatment and over-medication caused a downward spiral and my immune system crashed. I had wasted many years seeing doctors who were unsuccessful in diagnosing and treating me. I was even asked, by a doctor who felt that I was a hypochondriac,”Before I go, what else is wrong with you?” My list of health problems seemed endless. Even going up the stairs left me exhausted. I initially went to Dr. Patel because his name kept coming up, over the years, as a recommendation from different people I met who knew of my health problems.
When I first started treatment with Dr. Patel, he had a complete analysis of my body, including hair, skin and body fluids. I found out that I had toxic overload and layers of problems that had to be addressed first before we could get to the root of my illness. The process took years of various treatments to address the layers of health issues that I had. In 2006, Dr. Patel had a series of test which all showed positive for lyme. Apparently that was the reason that I could not improve. I remembered, years earlier, getting bites, on a camping trip in Oregon, that swelled and had bullseye rashes and being very sick with flu like symptoms on our drive back. My immune system had already been compromised, which contributed to my succumbing to Lyme.
Once we started with treating the Lyme, it was obvious that we were on the right track. My treatment throughout the process, after being diagnosed with Lyme, was very difficult. There were times that I felt like giving up but Dr. Patel was so understanding and caring.
I was rewarded in December 2012, when a battery of tests came back revealing that I was free of Lyme! It had been many years of treatments, and now finally, I am free! My energy level is very high and I have the capability to do things that a couple of years ago would have been impossible. I finally can live my life without the yo-yo of health setbacks. Dr. Patel has been my champion throughout my journey, and I am forever grateful to him for all that he has done to get me back on the track to health. Thank you so much, Dr Patel!
Linda C. – January, 2013
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