I’ve been trying some new therapies in my battle with lyme disease, as well as digging into some research published online. I am so eager to feel “normal” again, to have my mobility back. To be able to climb the stairs without struggling. I can live with the tendonitis pain, but it’s the muscle issues that frustrate me. Some days it’s a huge effort to get up out of a chair and walk across the room. My muscles will contract and not relax for several seconds, or they will feel weak and shaky like they have no strength.
I try to just roll with what my body can handle. I walk when I can walk. I get more sunlight (when the sun is shining, anyway), and I try to sleep when I can’t do anything else and work when I’m awake. The waves of sleepiness that wash over me are unpredictable. I may be able to go all day without a nap, and some days I have to take two or three of them. Sometimes I crash at 9 or 10 pm and sleep soundly for two hours and then wake up unable to sleep the rest of the night. I figure I can be frustrated by it and just stress my system, or I can recognize this is where I am right now and live with it.
My husband has been thinking about all this awhile now, since he’s had lyme as well. He says ticks are always around, and animals are all exposed to them, but we don’t hear about cats and dogs and livestock having lyme symptoms. Yet their physiology isn’t greatly different from ours. But he heard on a nutrition show recently that animals with fur produce ten times the amount of Vitamin D in their bodies compared to humans. Could vitamin D be a good therapy to add? Something to dig into.
There are so many theories out there, so many doctors and chiropractors who are treating people and have their own lists of things that work (or don’t), and when I have free time, I read those research papers and online articles. I know there is something that will fight this stuff away. So many thousands of people are battling with it. The key to healing is usually to remove the things that irritate and inflame the body and provide it with the nutrients to repair and heal itself. The body is such a marvelous machine. And I refuse to give up in my quest to restore health.