Posted on May 15, 2013 in Blog |
Day 15 – May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Most Lyme patients aren’t dealing with JUST Lyme disease. Every patient is different, but we have a few similarities.
1. Adrenal fatigue – When I was tested, I found out that my cortisol levels were constantly high; my body was always in the stressed phase. My adrenal functions were high in the evenings instead during the day. This seems to be common among patients. That’s why we tend to have trouble falling asleep.
2. Thyroid dysfunction – My LLMD believes that many of us suffer from Hypo-Thyroidism Type II. It’s a constant battle of regulating my thyroid meds for both T3 and T4. Luckily, he relies more on clinical symptoms than going by blood test results.
3. Fatigue – this seems to be the most common symptom among patients. I think it’s because our entire body is under attack on a daily basis. Our cells spend so much time battling the bacteria that our bodies are literally exhausted to that cellular level.
4. Multiple physical ailments – Borrelia and the co-infections can travel anywhere in the body. They are corkscrew type organisms. They can literally bore through muscle, tissue, bone; anything. For instance, three patients that I know of (including myself) have been told we need major knee surgery. I can’t remember how or why (Lyme brain), but my LLMD explained that the organisms seem to love the joints the most; and thus, create the most damage there.
5. Food allergies – This issue has gained importance over the past few years. Five years ago, finding gluten free foods was difficult at best; gluten free menus were unheard of. We’ve come a long way. Food allergies often cause inflammation in the digestive tract, thus aggravating our already present symptoms.
6. Heavy metal poisoning – when I was first diagnosed, Dr. M tested me for heavy metals as well. My arsenic levels were off the charts. We had our soil tested, water tested, etc. I even received a phone call from the county asking if I had any concerns about where I might be getting the arsenic. Based on a 2006 report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (Playing Chicken; Avoiding Arsenic in Meat), we chose to start eating only organic chicken. Six months later, I had no arsenic in my body.
7. Executive Functioning Dysfunction and Brain Fog – Sometimes I wish I had Dr. M right here talking in my ear, because I know he explained to me why, but I don’t remember how it works. But for most of us, we experience the inability to prioritize, to multi-task, to figure out what’s next. And most of us feel like we are living life in a fog, separated from everyone else with a heavy impenetrable veil.
Co-infections of Lyme:
Colorado Tick Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever