Thursday, May 16, 2013

May Day 16 Lyme Awareness


Symptoms
  1. MS, Multiple Sclerosis symptoms or diagnosis. White matter lesions in brain.
  2. Hormonal imbalance
  3. Double vision. Eyes won’t meet on a focus point.
  4. Dental problems: tooth decay, periodontal disease
  5. TMJ symptoms. Jaw is painful, movement doesn’t track correctly.
  6. Facial flushing
  7. Loss of coordination
  8. Dizziness
  9. Spinning rooms
  10. Floating sensations



Facts

  1. The most confusing part of this disease is that we can cover up the symptoms for some amount of time.
  2. I can look well, by putting on makeup and smiling, but the pain never goes away.
  3. Many LD patients push through pain for years because they are told there is nothing wrong or they don’t look conventionally ill.
  4. Imagine a pop bottle. Now imagine that at exactly some moment not in control of the pop bottle it will be opened. Now the entire day, up until it is opened, it is being shaken. There is nothing physically that can stop the explosion of pop when it gets open. That is like our bodies. We can “hide” our symptoms up until the precise moment our bodies ‘open’ and ‘explode’.
  5. For me, I pushed through all of schooling even undergrad, working part time, doing rehearsals at night and still keeping an A- average. My body has nothing left.
  6. There are different ways to treat. Some go the prescription medicine route, some go the natural route, using herbal medications, and some combine the two.
  7. Some are able to treat with oral medication. Others require IV meds because they are so late stage and cannot swallow well or the orals aren’t being absorbed by the body.
  8. Yeast becomes a big problem when treating. Lyme alone allows for a happy environment in the body for yeast growth, but when you add abx, the good bacteria in the gut die too allowing for even more overgrowth of yeast. It can cause many similar symptoms as LD. This condition/infection is called Candida.
  9. Treatment will start to diminish symptoms and their severity; the timeframe is dependent on many factors such as how bad the patient was when starting treatment and how well they follow protocols and diet.
  10. Due to the amount of care and medicine needed to treat for this disease and its friends, many patients go bankrupt and lose friends and family and are unable to muster the necessary resources to win their fight.

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