Over the past few weeks I've suffered with severe stomach pain. The emergency room proved uneventful and we just found some small ovarian cysts but nothing to really explain my pain in full. Through talking with a friend and research I started looking into intestinal yeast overgrowth or infection. Its more likely to occur from too much good bacteria dying off due to antibiotics or birth control. I've been on antibiotics for 2 1/2 years and always have stomach issues. Candida can cause stomach pain, indigestion, nausea, acid reflux, headaches, fatigue, dandruff, thrush of the tongue, sore throats and nasal swelling, sleep issues, and ovarian cysts or dysfunctions. Wow, doesn't that cover a lot. :P I thought this made sense, so I looked into it further and my mother and I found a spit test that you do first thing in the AM, which was a great signifier for me, and even a symptoms point based test where I blew positive out of the park. Treatment is lots of magnesium calcium, which i tripled my herbal amounts and added garlic, and started magnesium drinks, also high amounts of pro biotics like yogurt, refrigerated pro biotic drinks, pills before bed, and on top of everything a diet restricting the amount of yeast and sugars, even natural fruity sugars, from diet. The diet is tough, no dairy, light amounts of nuts, reduced yeast, and very small amounts of fruit. Allowed: meat, and vegetables like salad and beans, small amounts of nuts, olive oil, and malto dextrins that are in sugar free flavorings. Whew, this is going to be a fun next few months trying to get my body back on track. google this if you think you may have a Candida issue, its dangerous and quite important to discover for yourself.
Lyme Disease Awareness Month is next month, May, which means that the support groups are ready to start events for it. My local Lakes Region Lyme Support group is meeting with the Governor soon for a photo op of him signing a proclamation that May is Lyme awareness month. On top of that there is continual work occurring on a NH bill to pass legislation that will protect doctors from treating Chronic Lyme Disease with long-term antibiotics. There is a Lakes Region Lyme Disease walk approaching where support members will walk through Laconia wearing their lime green to raise eyebrows. The Wall of Hope is approaching where Lyme members and support people will gather to attract attention and hand out information at the state house in Concord, NH. And on top of it all there is a very large conference with guest speakers and informational handouts along with a representative from Igenex Lab towards the end of May.
On my own calendar I have personal things like prom, and some Lyme awareness events I've put together. I've planned a school wide assembly with guest speakers at both my middle and high schools, presentations to science classes, and even a, Under Our Skin movie showing at the high school cafeteria. Its a great chance for me to speak out about how sick I am and help people grasp the basics of this terrible disease.
Hello again. I just wanted to update everyone on how miserable I am. I have been out of school for a solid 2 weeks and getting behind on my honors classes. My stomach has been agitated and I'm not exactly sure whats going on down there but I had another if not a few other Ovarian cysts that ruptured yesterday while I was in the shower. It hurt so bad that I was curled up in a ball on the shower floor almost unconscious, dizzied with the pain. The worst part was it didn't feel like pain but an overall cramp feeling that just disabled me. I have never felt pain like that before and after hobbling to my bed soaking wet and covered in soap, it subsided after 10 minutes. Now i just have general pain and nausea and even acid reflux from my shoulders to my hips. My lower abdomen hurts and aches and stabs when I move, and hurt worse when I lay on my side.
On top of that I've started having a general crampy feeling in other areas. My neck is achy, my hand started cramping up and spasming along with my feet. I feel almost like I have carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, rotator cuff issues, etc. It all just piles up and wears me down. I have sudden bursts of wanting to cry from a Lyme inflicted bout of depression and anxiety. I cant sleep 3/4 of the night and I lie staring at the ceiling. I've tried everything, darkening shades, increasing melatonin and valerian root, sound machines, the radio, keeping the cats out, sitting up more, laying down more, reading before bed, turning off all lights, turning on a light, drinking something warm, clearing my nose out, the list goes on. However, I just stare at the roof for hours on end.
Lyme411, the informational center for Lyme Disease. Lyme 411 is the local Lakes Region Lyme Disease Support Group's page, the support group I attend, and the launcher of this site. Check it out! Join the group on either facebook, through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), in the yahoo groups section, or here:
My faith has been one thing I vow to keep up with during my time as a Lyme sufferer and beyond. It gives me strength, hope, purpose, wisdom, and more. I recently found a new program called Dare to be a Daniel for ages 9-14. It's a cute and eye opening way to teach kids how to share the word of God and tell their friends that Jesus loves them! If you are interested at all check it out and create a username. It's confusing at first but the site will bring you through virtual video stories and is quite eye opening. It hits the kids right where they need it most: the FAITH!
This is the newest and greatest article on the market. It explains how in 2009 mosquito's were found to carry Lyme spirochetes, and how likely it is that 150 ALS patients tested positive for lyme 100% of the time. 100%!!!! Please take the time to read it!
I didn't realize Lyme was for humans, ticks travel on birds, or ticks can become immune to deet! Is this what you're thinking? The video scrolls a little fast but this new YouTube video is extremely educational on Lyme, and shares a young girl named Victoria's story as well. So sad :( Please take ten quick minutes to watch and learn! It could save you, or just open your eyes!
Lyme Disease is a fast growing illness, reported at epidemic levels, and the CDC admits that it is under reported, though they do nothing to change it. Recently Under Our Skin, the makers of the amazing Lyme Documentary, Posted newer updated information on the numbers of diseases in the U.S. and Here they are: