HOW TO SELF CARE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

 

Living with a chronic illness can be extremely difficult. You struggle with feelings of anxiety, loss of control of your own body, guilt, pain, anger and exhaustion. Every day will challenge you. As you look around at your friends and family, it might cause you to feel guilty that you may not always be able to join in at gatherings or go out and have fun like you use to do.

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YES, CHRONIC LYME IS REAL

 

Record breaking heat in the summer, and much warmer winters, have contributed to a spike in the general population of ticks. These ticks carry Lyme disease, a neurodegenerative bacterial infection with symptoms ranging from arthritis to depression to severe brain fog.

The bacteria, scientifically known as Borrellia burgdorferi or other species, is a master shape-shifter and mimics many other illnesses. We also know that Borrellia has a knack for being able to hide from the immune system.

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STAYING ACTIVE WITH LYME DISEASE

 

Muscle weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of Lyme disease. Coupled with nerve pain, neurological issues and depression, it becomes difficult to complete simple everyday tasks. Even thinking about adding daily physical activity during this difficult time can be stressful. And as your body reels from the constant strain of fighting off Lyme and co infections, rest becomes more important and, ironically, sometimes more difficult. Reclaiming a restorative lifestyle becomes a monumental task.

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Overcoming Lyme Disease Naturally

In regions across the United States, it no longer feels safe to work in the garden or walk in the woods. Many of these once benign outdoor places now host disease-ridden deer ticks, which are the main carriers of Lyme disease (LD), one of the fastest growing infectious diseases here and in Europe. For people who work and play outdoors, ticks have become our biggest enemy.

Unfortunately, many people who have been bitten by a LD-carrying tick have no clue they have ever been exposed.

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LYME’S IMPACT ON NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION

 

Some patients describe it as a type of “brain fog.” It’s a state of mind where things are hard to remember and it takes longer to process what you read and think. It mimics the visibility that comes with the morning fog, where things are hard to see, hard to perceive, hidden behind a mental cloudiness that can result in a chronic change in mental status. While “brain fog” might not be a professionally supported medical diagnosis,

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THE THYROID CONNECTION SUMMIT, OCTOBER 24-31!

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I am honored to be speaking at The Thyroid Summit!

I will be speaking on Day 6 of the summit, October 29th: How to overcome the Lyme Disease Epidemic!

My good friend & colleague, Amy Myers, MD, created The Thyroid Connection Summit because conventional medicine failed her in her journey with thyroid dysfunction. Join us if you have Graves’, Hashimoto’s, hypo-or hyperthyroidism, cancer, nodules, cysts,

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LYME DISEASE: MULTIFACETED & MISUNDERSTOOD

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Public awareness of Lyme disease is largely overlooked by healthcare professionals and the public at large. As a general community, we know that Lyme disease is on the rise.

We also know that it is a very difficult disease to properly diagnose and treat. It is primarily transferred from tick bites, although new evidence suggests mosquitos and other insects may be carriers as well. It’s a disease that is often misunderstood.

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ALKALINE DIET FOR LYME DISEASE

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More than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, according to the CDC. However, this number may be even higher due to a few reasons including:

1. Lyme disease can go undiagnosed for a long time. Many individuals do not get a bulls eye rash and don’t have strong enough symptoms that would warrant a doctor or hospital visit.

2. Lyme disease can mask itself as many other conditions and autoimmune disorders, 

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STAYING ACTIVE WITH CHRONIC PAIN

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When you live with chronic pain, exercise is the last thing you want to do. When have been diagnosed with a chronic immune disorder, exercising will feel like your biggest challenge. Take for instance fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue and arthritis. You may have painful tender areas, shooting pain, joint and muscle stiffness, and random body aches. With all of this, exercise may not be first on your list.

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Lyme Disease On The Rise

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As the weather gets warmer, we enjoy more time outdoors. With warm weather comes more exposure to tick bites, which can lead to Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection of Borrellia burgdorferi, a spirochete bacterium that can take many shapes once it infects humans.

The typical sign from a tick bite would be a ” bulls eye” rash accompanied with fever and pain. However, this really isn’t the best indicator to prove that you have been bitten by a tick.

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