Posted on Mar 6, 2011 in Blog |

A month ago, I at my regular appt with my LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor), my symptom checklist on the Status Update form included: Back pain – Pain has actually worsened in past month, waking me again at night. Not complaining about the pain, just telling you. Fatigue – tired of writing this word down as a presence in my life. Fatigue is incrementally improved from last month, but still a controlling force. On the Improvement side, I had a reduction of inflammation throughout my body; a possible explanation for the pain as I was starting to ‘do’ more. That’s why I wasn’t ‘complaining’ per se. My physical therapist was ecstatic. She was seeing less calcification in my muscles. She was actually able to pull my muscles from the fascia on my body, something she hadn’t seen in 18 months of treatment. I knew we were making progress. As a result of the reduced inflammation, Dr. M implemented some more changes, focusing on these two symptoms. I’m just going to tell you about two of them here: Exer-Rest Bed – This is a new machine, aimed at helping patients who are unable (or unwilling) to exercise yet, like me. I haven’t been able to walk any distance, never mind thinking about my daily 3 miles from a few years ago. Anything with impact was out of the question. Three sessions a week, for 45 minutes a session, it sort of like jumping on a trampoline sideways, with no risk of injury or negative joint impact. The concept is to get the body moving like it’s exercising, without the risks; just the benefits. It works! Instead of coming home at 3 pm each day and going to bed, resting, I drive to his office for a 45-minute session. I get up from the bed and not only do I feel more energized, but I feel like the scarecrow at the end of the Wizard of Oz: I have a brain! The motion somehow increases bloodflow to the brain, improving my cognitive assimilation and processing capabilities. The first time I got up from bed, I felt exhilarated, exuberant, and elated. I...

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