The moral of this story: get a second opinion. Maybe even a third.
This is a story about how doctors are human too and they can make mistakes like the rest of us. The bottom line here is that it’s always up to YOU to take care of your body.
What makes this story so tangible is that it happened to a famous singer you may be familiar with, Kris Kristofferson. And the crazy thing is they told him he had Alzheimer’s for years.
Yes, his doctors at the time got it wrong…and by a long shot.
Kristofferson symptoms threw them off because of his mental state of confusion and clouded memory. His wife reported that Kris was just slipping away right before her eyes. Interestingly enough, he could still remember the songs he sang just fine.
Lisa, Kris’s wife, was terrified because she knew that his diagnosis was essentially a death sentence.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys the abilities of the thinking mind. At some point, even the simplest tasks become impossible.
Generally speaking, this disease doesn’t appear until after age 65.
One interesting fact about this story is that Kristofferson used to be a boxer. In fact, he was Golden Gloves back in his day. At first, it made sense to connect getting hit in the head a lot to his current condition.
This could account for his dementia, but Kris started to have a laundry list of other symptoms that fit that diagnosis. His doctors ended up treating him for multiple health problems and diseases including fibromyalgia, cardiac arrhythmias, and sleep apnea.
So imagine being treated for each of those presumed health problems, and each one of those treatments carrying their own side effects, which collectively look like a tornado of symptoms when it’s all said and done.
Finally, his wife had enough. She found an integrative doctor who took a holistic, non-traditional, approach to the problem. Through this process they discovered what Kris really had was Lyme disease!
Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and can cause complete havoc on someone’s health. It is a bacterial infection typically caused by getting bitten by a small insect called a tick.
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This Is Where Kris’s Life Changed
They took Kris off the medications for Alzheimer’s and began treatment for Lyme disease. Part of the treatment was hyperbaric oxygen. His mind and personality came back almost overnight (over the course of 30 days).
The BIG takeaway for me is that it never hurts to get multiple opinions from a range of doctors with different specialties. Also, allow space for your intuition to speak to you. If something doesn’t feel right, there’s a chance it’s not.
I have learned to listen closely to what my body is telling me and my meditation practice helps turn up the volume on my body’s radio station.