Moods and Lyme disease:
Lyme disease is known to cause a ton of problems. So, let’s get basic about this: The spirochete is shaped like a cork screw. It travels in a biofilm that can hold thousands of spirochetes. They travel through the body screwing themselves into any and every cell they can all along.
One of the favorite spots is the brain. So, there will be lots of corkscrew holes in the braincells, thousands in fact. This can cause inflammation and a plethora of problems such as neurological issues, cognitive issues and the list goes on.
Here is a quote from an article from Global Lyme Alliance: “I’ve experienced “Lyme brain,” and the symptoms are similar. Throughout my 20-year battle with Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses—eight of which were undiagnosed and untreated—I have wrestled with short–term memory loss, confusion, brain fog, word repetition, difficulty retrieving vocabulary, and a tendency to mix up words. Other neurological symptoms have included insomnia, hallucinogenic nightmares, migraines, burning extremities and mini seizures.”
Physical presentations of the brain being affected is quite normal and evident by many patients. As for myself, I went from being able to speak foreign languages to barley being able to handle English. My vision has changed, I sometimes have cognitive issues and that makes me frustrated. The information is still in the old bean somewhere, just not available right this moment. Depends on the day.
Is it any surprise emotional issues pop up?
Well, when a person gets sick they feel awful. When they find out about a diagnosis of something needing treatment for a long time or learns physicians are not agreeing on how to treat or if the disease is serious, there are a myriad of emotions from shock to disbelief to anger to rage to sorrow and in some cases giving up.
Then there are the neurological reactions to the borrelia being in the brain long term as listed below from a site I found.
“Some patients have developed Lyme-related psychiatric symptoms:
Psychoses including hallucinations and delusions.
Emotional lability: rapid mood swings, episodes of rage, crying, reduced impulse control.
Suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Mood swings that may mimic bipolar disorder (manic-depression).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
An Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)-like syndrome.
A progressive dementia.
Patients may also be wrongly diagnosed with hypochondrial and somatoform disorders as well as ME (Myalgic Encephalitis) and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), if they are perceived as having medically unexplained symptoms.”
There are a lot of why’s involved in any conversation about Lyme disease. Some people dismiss it, some people mourn their lost lives and others think people with Lyme are just lazy. I have heard it all. It is no wonder folks have many mood swings with Lyme and it is not just from medical biological problems. It is also caused by the environment of the disease itself. ( I say lack of education in the medical arena, but perhaps it is more than that.)
So, if you ever have had these issues and found fantastic ways of dealing with them, please can you share? There can be handy tools and little practices to overcome these inconveniences daily.
One thing that has helped me hugely is the GPS. When I cannot recognize an area, I pop that baby on and get to where I need to go! It is awesome! Share with us what you have had to overcome and how you did it. It may help someone else in their journey.
In other news:
We have made it through the summer classes season and have had fantastic response from people at events. Tank you everyone for all the love. I especially want to thank Sawyer for yet again sponsoring us through this season. Great company!
We are doing two Lyme Circles a month, one in the morning and one in the evening and we do classes at Therapy Box Inc. in Frederick and in Elicott City. Thank you Therapy Box for welcoming me to the family.
I will be doing aroma touch therapy for folks who schedule through Therapy Box as well as Wellness coaching. I want to thank everyone who comes to the Circles and classes. You are wonderful!
Please be good to yourselves and visit our Circle whenever you can. Next topic will be : " Our favorite Recipes". Bring a recipe to share!