Tips For Better Living With Lyme Disease

You Will Get Better!

If you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme disease and are undergoing treatment, you may be dealing with some uncomfortable symptoms and side effects. It’s important to maintain a positive attitude, and remember that treatment with Lyme disease can take some time, but you will be successful eventually!

This treatment period won’t last forever, and in the meantime you can do a few things to manage your symptoms the best that you can. Here’s a look at a few things you can do to make yourself more comfortable during your Lyme disease treatment.

Hot weather  – many people with Lyme Disease find that they get sicker in hot weather.  For this reason if you live in a hot climate you will need to stay indoors (in air-conditioning if you can) during the day, and go outside after the sun has gone down and the temperature has dropped.  Hot humid weather is often more difficult to cope with than hot dry weather.

Hot flushes / Night Sweats – if you are struggling with a Babesia coinfection and are having difficulty getting through the night due to hot flushes and night sweats, I would recommend a small portable fan beside your bed.  When you are hot sleep facing the fan, and when you cool down roll over and sleep facing the opposite direction.  This will help you control your body temperature more easily during the night.

Diet – many people with Lyme disease have to be very careful with their diet.  This is because Lyme Disease affects the immune system, and because of the side affects of the medications used to treat Lyme Disease.  If you are taking oral antibiotics it is vital that you do not eat sugar – this is because oral antibiotics kill all the bacteria in the gut – good and bad bacteria.  If you eat sugar you feed mainly the bad bacteria (they love sugar) and run the risk of getting a clostridium difficile infection, which is potentially fatal.

In order to heal from Lyme Disease it is important that your immune system is functioning at its best.  When you eat or drink sugar based food and drink your immune system is temporarily depressed for up to 12 hours.  Many people with Lyme disease have damaged gastrointestinal systems, and so need to avoid foods that place extra stress on the gut such as gluten (wheat) and dairy.
– via Living with Lyme Disease

A Lyme Disease Story

Everyone’s Lyme disease experience is their own. Let’s take a look at a story from a hunter who contracted the disease, and how he handled his diagnosis.

Chad Davis shares how he was tested, “I went in to the walk in clinic to be tested for the flu. It came back negative. I honestly told them about me being in the woods a lot and that I had been bitten several times already in the year. They didn’t run a Lyme test. They actually thought I had a prostate infection, even though not a lot pointed to that diagnosis.”

“They put me on a 14-day round of antibiotics for the supposed prostate infection,” Chad says. “At 14 days, I was even worse. After the 14th day, I went to my family doctor and asked them to run a basic blood test and to run a Lyme test. By that time, I had remembered the tick that had been on me for about 48 hours from my Kentucky hunt. I actually work for BioRad Laboratories, and believe it or not, BioRad makes one of the most popular test assays for Lyme.

“The kit is very sensitive and specific to detect the IgG and IgM antibodies to Lyme,” Chad explains.

“IgM antibodies are produced rapidly by our bodies to attack the presence of Lyme or other diseases. That is usually when one has the fever and chill symptoms. Those antibodies will drop in number and the body will the produce IgM antibodies. These can simply cause one to feel weak and lethargic.

“Most labs check to see if someone had contracted a particular disease a long while ago, by checking/testing for IgM antibodies. For early, more immediate detection, IgG antibody assays (tests) are used. The BioRad test actually will test for both antibody types, IgG and IgM, for early or late detection that other tests may miss.

“Luckily, this is the assay/test kit used to detect and diagnose my contraction of the disease. I was glad that I knew where my testing was going to be conducted! Two days later I got the call that I was tested positive for Lyme.”
– via North American Whitetail

Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Have you ever gotten a tick bite?