Humidity & Current Symptoms

A few years back, Dave and I spent a week on Kauai. It was huuuuumid! My pain dissipated. We came home and boom - pain high. Every time I’ve been somewhere with humidity, my pain drops - not gone, but bearable. The last several days have been high humidity - and it’s been great. Today…

Cranial Cervical Instability (CCI)

Adding to the list of diagnosis’ I’ve racked up - CCI is a likely missing piece of the puzzle. Symptoms can include: Head tilting Intracranial hypertension – pressure headachesBrian fog, concentration difficulties, memory issuesDysautonomia Digestive problemsSwallowing difficultiesHiccupsTMJBurning mouth and facial painStrange skin sensationsExcessive sweating, Sweaty hands, and palmsItching skinCardiovascular type disordersVision problemsTinnitus & ear problemsSinus…

Swelling

For several days now, my feet (ankles and toes mainly) have been swelling up a little. No clue why. Today, the side of my face, the cheek mainly, is swollen. Tender to the touch too. Lyme can certainly cause swelling in joints they live, especially knee and ankle, but I’m not convinced that’s what this…

Dysautonomia

Shortness of breath - high heart rate - low bp - dizziness - weakness - nausea - all caused by an autonomic nervous system that just doesn’t work right. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) connects organs to the brain stem or spinal chord - mediating heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, pupillary response, metabolism, digestion,…

Stress & Anxiety

Stress Medlineplus says “Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand.” These reactions can come in the form of a physical, emotional or mental issues. Financial challenges, relationship troubles, a car crash, the loss of a job - there’s tons of short term factors that can trigger a stress response. When your body…

Stress and Chronic Complex Illness

Monday night I participated in a meeting to discuss some issues affecting our community. Because of the seriousness of these issues and my tenacious and overly passionate personality, the whole thing was highly stressful for me. Stress is bad for the body - we know this. But it’s particularly bad for people with chronic complex…

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Mast Cells are important components of the immune system. They are triggered by infections, toxins, and even stress - essentially telling the body to attack the foreign invader. Many Lyme patients develop Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), a condition that causes mast cells to become hyperactive, reacting to every stimuli, including foods, smells, even the…

Heavy Metal – Not Just a Musical Genre

Severe head and neck pain. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain. Numbness & tingling. Shortness of breath. All over weakness and flu-like feeling. The last few days I have been detoxing heavy metals. It's one of the many problems associated with Lyme & tick disease. We hold on to toxins, they build up and every now and…