It makes sense that when you have a chronic illness you might have some feelings of sadness, hopelessness and loneliness. Even feeling angry that you are constantly sick or grieving for the life you once had. Yes, anyone who is constantly sick day after day gets worn down and feels lost that their suffering may… Continue reading May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #19: Mental Health & Lyme Disease
When you become disabled with a chronic illness that you know nothing about you end up spending hours and hours reading everything you can about it. It's overwhelming when it's Lyme Disease because there is SO much information online but every time I read stuff I feel I know less and less about this disease.… Continue reading May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #8: What are Spirochetes?
Why is it so hard for doctors to determine if a patient has Lyme Disease? In a previous post I mentioned that most doctors are not educated in Lyme Disease and that is why it goes undiagnosed and misdiagnosed for many patients for years. Since it mimics over 300 other diseases and doctors… Continue reading May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #7: Testing for Lyme Disease
As I previously mentioned there are MANY symptoms of Lyme Disease and all of the co-infections have list of specific symptoms too. A Lyme Literate MD (LLMD) can determine you have a specific co-infection just by your symptoms and they have to because the testing isn't 100% accurate. What are the co-infections? Babesiosis (Babesia) Bartonella… Continue reading May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #6 What are Symptoms of Lyme Disease, PART II?
When I was first diagnosed with Lyme Disease this is what I found out: Lyme Disease can be bacterial and viral infections that you get from tick bite. Lyme Diseases testing is inaccurate . You can pick up more than one infection from a tick. Other infections you get are called co-infections. Ticks can be… Continue reading May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #3 What is Lyme Disease?
In July my condition became a lot worse and I was living with level 9-10 pain every day. The pain scale goes from 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst pain. I was having a hard time functioning. The pain was so severe I felt crippled. By August I felt I would be in a… Continue reading #ChronicPainSucks: Part III
When my migraines first started in 1995 I began experiencing depression. I never felt depressed before that. I had no idea at the time that most people with chronic pain have depression. I went to my primary care doctor and got Fioricet for the pain and Prozac for the depression. I remember the first time I took Fioricet. I… Continue reading Chronic Pain and Depression