I have had a wide range of strange symptoms for the past about ten years. I once wrote out all of the issues I had to hand to my GP, and the list wound up taking up a page and a half. The symptoms that trouble me the most are the neurological and cognitive issues; I feel very brain fogged and just cognitively deficient all of the time. It's become so difficult for me to do things that were once effortless to me. For example, it's a struggle to just finish a novel because I forget which character is which and what has happened thus far. Writing used to be a skill that came very naturally to me, and now I find myself staring at the computer screen trying to come up with the words to convey my thoughts whenever I write anything. I dreaded writing essays when I was still in school because writing an essay meant hours upon hours upon hours of frustration because I knew what I wanted to say in the paper but couldn't formulate the sentences to say it; it's hard to explain, sorry. That said, I also have more cardiac symptoms like nagging chest pain, heart palpitations, and a racing pulse as well as occasional nausea. Essentially, my entire body is screwed up, but I won't bore you all with a complete list of symptoms.
I've been to numerous doctors, and no one has been able to tell me anything after all kinds of testing. I'm pretty close to giving up on conventional medicine all together because the only thing I'm accomplishing is paying co-pay after co-pay to be told that there's nothing wrong with me and that it's all in my head. About two months ago, I consulted the opinion of an acupuncturist who said that a lot of my symptoms sound like they can be due to Lyme Disease (but of course ultimately, we just don't know). He has me taking an herbal formula and following a strict diet regimen and continues to perform acupuncture on me, but I don't feel like I've seen any benefit at all so far. I understand that Lyme isn't something you can cure overnight, but I also need to know whether it's normal to not feel ANY benefit after two months so I can stop going to see him if his treatments just aren't going to help me.
I'm in a rough place where I really want Chinese medicine to be the answer primarily for financial reasons. I've looked into LLMDs, but there are none in my area, and even if there were, I can't afford to see one. So if Chinese medicine can't help me, the only option I really have left is to give up seeking answers and relief all together and just hope that my health doesn't deteriorate further (and maybe that is the best option for me at this point. I don't know).
Can anyone provide any input on the effectiveness of Chinese medicine for treating Lyme and/or mystery chronic conditions? If anyone has had success treating it in his or her clinic, how long do patients usually take before they feel benefits? Thank you! :)