Deadly Consequences

Annette says she wants the right to euthanize her severely-disabled children, who are being kept alive only by feeding tubes. What would you do? Then, former model, Stephanie Vostry, says she’s fighting to survive chronic Lyme disease, an illness some believe she may be faking.

Chronic Lyme Disease or Lie?


 

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“Lyme disease has ruined my life, 100 percent,” says former model Stephanie Vostry, 25. “I first started getting sick right after a camping trip about five years ago, and I had the flu for an entire year. I kept going to doctors, and they thought I was just crazy.” Stephanie says she suffers from constant pain and fatigue, extreme arthritis and seizures.

Dr. Phil notes that some people refer to chronic Lyme disease as an epidemic, while others don’t even believe it exists.

Stephanie answers to her critics who suggest she might be faking her disease. Plus, cameras capture her in the midst of a seizure.

Dr. Phil introduces The Doctors Promo Producer Debbie Haderle, who is friends with Stephanie.

“You know her, and I know you,” Dr. Phil says to Debbie, referring to speculation that Stephanie may be lying. “What do you think?”

“You can’t fake that kind of pain,” Debbie tells Dr. Phil. “Her whole body is twitching, and she’s shrieking and crying. It’s very scary, and it’s horrifying.”

Stephanie reveals that she has been self-medicating with so-called whip-its, or inhaling nitrous oxide, which she purchases online. She says 24 whip-its come in a box, and she uses up to four boxes a day, giving her about three hours of pain relief. “I’m just trying to numb my body,” she says in a previously-recorded interview.

Onstage, Stephanie tells Dr. Phil that she has tried every kind of medication that people typically rotate through when they’re chasing a diagnosis, and nothing is strong enough.

Dr. Phil asks Stephanie about her seizures. “I’ve never heard a seizure patient as vocal as you are while you’re having your seizures,” he tells her. “Is there a degree of consciousness there?”

“There is,” she responds. She says she screams because she’s aware of her pain while convulsing. “It’s like somebody’s just beating you and flogging you and stabbing you.”


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