The Infusio, Frankfurt clinic where I had treatment for Lyme Disease. It is a large, bright open space with floor to ceiling windows. The treatment area can be seen which has chaise lounge treatment chairs with IV poles. Three staff members are also in the background preparing treatments.

In October of last year, I packed my bags and headed to a clinic called Infusio in Frankfurt for two weeks of Lyme Disease treatment. I received various treatments for Lyme Disease whilst in Germany, including numerous IVs, ozone therapy, lymphatic drainage and massages.

Receiving Stem Cell Therapy for Lyme Disease

The most exciting treatment happened in the second week, though. I received stem cell therapy.

The stem cell treatment I had is called Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF). SVF is derived from fat and is comprised of numerous beneficial cells, including autologous stem cells.

Autologous simply means that the stem cells came from my own body.

Read More About My Stem Cell Therapy in Germany

I have blogged all about my treatment and subsequent recovery following stem cell therapy. Find all of my posts here.

Following Treatment My Health Improved

Although it’s been a challenging journey and I’m not yet symptom-free, I have seen great improvements in my health since receiving Stem Cell Treatment for Lyme Disease in Germany. I now function at a level that I could have only dreamed of a few years ago.

This had led people to ask me if I wish I had gone to Infusio and done stem cell therapy sooner.

My gut reaction to this question is to answer, “yes!“. Simply because it has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my health.

However, when I think more logically about this question, the answer changes. Here’s why.

I Don’t Know If My Success Would Have Been The Same

I’m sure there are people who were sicker than me that have been successfully treated at Infusio. But, I can’t help but question if I would have seen the same progress had it not been for everything I did prior to Infusio.

Additionally, I also wonder if my healing journey following stem cells might have been more challenging if I was sicker at the time I was treated?

What Led Me to Infusio

Despite technically going for Lyme Disease treatment, the real reason I went to Infusio was that I had plateaued in my recovery and I was stuck. I had reached a point where I didn’t really know what was going on with my body and I didn’t know what to do next.

I was fearful that my health might even start to go backwards again.  When I reached that point, Infusio felt like the right fit for me.

By the time I reached Infusio, I don’t think I had overwhelming levels of infection (in fact, their Global Diagnostics machine only found 4 infections and I was told this was one of the lowest results Nadine at Infusio had seen). And, I think everything I had done up to that point had helped to make that happen.

I also wasn’t dealing with heavy metals or a lot of toxins in my body. And, though my body couldn’t actually access and use it I surprisingly had good cellular energy.

All of those mitochondrial supplements I took must have actually paid off (more on those later)!

I Had Built A Good Foundation For Recovery Prior TO Infusio

I was still sick and struggling with symptoms (particularly fatigue and exercise intolerance) by the time I reached Infusio. However, I was also very distant from how sick I was a few years earlier when I was mostly bed and housebound.

I truly believe that I built a solid foundation prior to treatment at Infusio that placed me in good stead for my recovery with stem cells (both physically and mentally).

I just needed an extra helping hand as there was still a lot of damage in my body that needed correcting.

How I Built A Solid Foundation

Photo shows bottles of the 4 herbals products that are part of the Vital Plan Restore Program.

I was lucky in that I learned a lot about chronic Lyme Disease through an American doctor called Dr Bill Rawls before I even knew I had Lyme myself. Dr Rawls shares the same philosophy as Infusio and believes in foundational medicine.

I followed his recovery program for Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease and chronic fatigue called the Vital Plan Restore Program. This involved taking 4 herbal products that help to support the immune system, balance hormones, assist the body with detoxing and support cellular energy.

I was also guided in making diet changes to better nourish my body. Plus, I learned strategies to minimise stress and all about reducing my exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins.

All-in-all, the Restore program set me well on the path to recovery and I am very grateful to Dr Rawls and the team at Vital Plan.

Beyond the Restore Program, I also experimented with additional herbs (which I learned from books by Stephen Buhner). All of which helped me to progress that little bit more.

Eventually, though, my recovery reached a plateau and I became stuck.

I Could Have Potentially Skipped Parts After This

Like I said, I knew I needed an extra helping hand and Infusio wasn’t actually the immediate step I took from there.

There are parts of my recovery story that, with hindsight, I probably would have skipped. If I could rewind time, I wouldn’t have put myself through trying an intense course of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), for example.

I simply wasn’t strong enough to put my body through the stress of HBOT but I didn’t know this before trying the treatment.

I could maybe even argue that I could have skipped treatments at Breakspear Medical, a clinic in England that I went to prior to going to Infusio. However, I was only acting on what I felt was best me for me at the time.

Breakspear Medical

I decided to go to Breakspear to try and get to the bottom of and better understand my health issues. I wanted to see if I could get past the plateau in my recovery.

Breakspear was the catalyst behind me learning that I had Lyme Disease. Before that, I had only been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and CFS (though I suspected more was going on).

Overall, I had a positive experience with Breakspear and I benefitted from some of the treatments I received there.

For example, my doctor at Breakspear prescribed a more intense mitochondrial support program than what I had been doing myself. Which must have benefitted my cellular energy as mentioned above.

He also prescribed a medication called Artesunate that I definitely responded well to.

I Progressed at Breakspear, Then Relapsed

Photo shows a glass on its side with blue and white pills spilling out.
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Unfortunately, though, I only progressed to then find myself experiencing a bad relapse in symptoms. This led to me trying antibiotics on my doctor’s advice.

I had avoided antibiotics for Lyme Disease up until that point. With hindsight, I do wish I had skipped the trial of antibiotics as it was a horrible experience. Again, you don’t know these things until you try them, though.

When the antibiotics didn’t go well, I undertook some further testing on my doctor’s recommendations. However, I didn’t find myself any further forward.

I reached a point where I was completely fed up with all the testing that was being suggested to me. I didn’t want to do test after test after test. It was exhausting and frustrating.

I guess that frustration was actually a big catalyst for me deciding to go to Infusio.

Everything Led Me to The Right Path

The fact, though, is that you can’t change the past. My story has been written and to be completely honest with you, I have no real regrets.

I was only doing what I felt was best for me at the time with the knowledge I had. Through those experiences, I learned a lot about my health and what didn’t work for me.

Arguably, with the knowledge I have now, I could have skipped parts. But what if all of those experiences helped to shape me and ultimately led me to Infusio’s door?

Maybe I would have never gotten there had it not been for the previous steps I took?

Either way, I’m just grateful that I had stem cell therapy at Infusio. And, I’m even more thankful that it has worked well for me.

How do you feel about the treatments you tried that didn’t help as much as you had hoped? Do you wish you had missed them out altogether or are you glad you tried them? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.

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