💚 Lyme Awareness Day 16: Mental and Emotional Health 💚

This is one of the most important Lyme facts I am sharing with you, so listen up!

➡ Anxiety, depression, and emotional sensitivity can be SYMPTOMS of Lyme disease. Lyme can cause anxiety and depression as symptoms.

➡ Many Lyme patients are falsely diagnosed with mental health disorders, preventing them from receiving proper treatment.

I had TERRIBLE anxiety! It felt like my brain was constantly and frantically trying to claw itself out of my skull. It felt like there were loud, overlapping commercials SCREAMING in my mind constantly. No wonder I had insomnia! It was so strange how my mind was always freaking out, because I lived a pretty calm life.

I can’t imagine what this anxiety would be like if I had been a child. You would have absolutely no way to describe it, let alone manage it. Many children with Lyme disease have behavioral issues, and I completely understand why if they are experiencing the anxiety like I did. I would definitely act out if I had anxiety like that and had not developed the cognitive skills yet to communicate about what it was I was feeling.

➡ I tried everything for my anxiety. No pills helped. Therapy helped me cope, but didn’t really help the symptoms. Nothing helped until I was able to effectively treat the Lyme. Once the Lyme was gone, my anxiety vanished.

➡ I also used to think I was immature for crying over little things. I would be super happy one day, and the next, crying my eyes out. “Why am I even crying?” “I DON’T KNOW!” But once the Lyme was gone, so was my emotional sensitivity.

It could be detrimental to treat your anxiety or depression as a mental issue, WHEN it is being caused by a physical issue. It is never your fault if you have anxiety or depression, whether it is caused by a physical or mental issue.

❤ Living with a debilitating and isolating illness can also lead to anxiety and depression, which I will talk about more in a later video❤

💚 LYME PATIENTS: What are your mental and emotional symptoms? 💚

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 15: Lyme disease can be debilitating 💚

We are just about half-way through Lyme Disease Awareness Month!  If you have been watching my lyme awareness videos, you have learned that many Lyme disease patients do not respond to a conventional 30-days of antibiotic treatment.

I have explained some of those reasons why, and how incredibly difficult it is to find effective alternative treatment when this happens.

Lyme disease can take a debilitating toll on the body with Exhaustion, pain, and anxiety.

➡ Many Lyme patients are unable to work, drive, or take care of themselves, resulting in a dire need for caregivers and financial support.

➡ Patients who were unjustly left undiagnosed and untreated face YEARS of recovery.

➡ Unfortunately, Lyme disease is not considered a “disabling condition” according to the US government, making it very difficult to receive disability payments.

💚 If you know someone with Lyme, BELIEVE them when they say their symptoms are debilitating 💚

➡ Getting out of the house takes extreme effort, and they are probably hiding their symptoms so they can appear as “normal” a possible. Lyme is sometimes called an “Invisible Illness” or “Invisible Disability”

❤ Thank you for your patience and understanding for those who have chronic Lyme disease! ❤

How has Lyme disease affected your ability to live life?

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 14: Co-Infections 💚

It’s Lyme Disease Awareness day 14, and today I’m talking about Lyme Disease co-infections

When you are bitten by an insect that carries the lyme disease bacteria, there is a good possibility that that insect is also carrying other diseases. These are called co-infections

➡ These infections are not all bacterial- some are viral and parasitical, meaning that antibiotics will not kill them.

➡ If antibiotics failed to treat your lyme disease, it could be because you have a co-infection💚

➡ Co-infections of Lyme include:

▫ Babesia ▫ Bartonella ▫ Mycoplasma ▫ Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever ▫ Anaplasma ▫ Rickettsia ▫ Ehrlichia

If you have Lyme, there’s a good chance you are carrying other tick-transmitted diseases. More advanced Lyme tests will be able to test for co-infections.

It is EXTREMELY important to know if you have had these co-infections because they can affect you for the rest of your life.

I had the Lyme co-infection babesia, which is a malarial-like parasitical infection

If you are ever diagnosed with babesia, you are banned from donating blood for the rest of your life. Even though I no longer experience symptoms, I can never donate blood because of this previous diagnosis.

Babesia is not really something blood donations check for, and some people have gotten infected with it from donated blood. There is also a chance that babesia can be transmitted through an infected organ, so please consider this when you opt to be a blood or organ donor if you have ever had Lyme+co

💚 LYME PATIENTS: What co-infections do you have? 💚

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 13: Celebrities with Lyme Disease 💚

You will be surprised to learn how many famous people have had lyme disease!

Avril Lavigne @avrillavigne (she actually wrote a song about struggling with Lyme disease called “Head Above Water” have a listen, it’s very powerful)

Justin Bieber @justinbeiber

Yolanda Hadid @yolanda.hadid (She wrote a book called “Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease)

Bella Hadid @bellahadid

Alec Baldwin @alecbaldwininsta

Shania Twain @shaniatwain

Debbie Gibson @debbiegibson

Kelly Osbourne @kellyosbourne

Ally Hilfiger @allyhilfiger (check out her book “Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me”)

If there are any more celebrities with Lyme disease that I missed, please share in the comments!

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 12: POTS can be caused by Lyme 💚

Welcome to Lyme Awareness day 12! On a previous day, I talked about some of the chronic illnesses that Lyme disease can “mimic” or cause. Today, I am going to talk about a specific medical condition that it can cause, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS for short. It’s also called Dysautonomia. It is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system and causes symptoms like fast heart rate upon standing and feeling faint.

I’m highlighting POTS because this is very personal to me. I was disabled from POTS for many years.

I was told there was no cause or cure for it, but I might grow out of it in a few years.

No treatments helped me with this, and I was still very sick with it years after they told me I should have grown out of it.

I was part of a facebook group for POTS patients. Many people on there were getting diagnosed with Lyme, and recommended that I get a test, too.

My doctor highly doubted that I had it, but she was a very good doctor and listened to me anyway and ordered a lyme test.

She was SHOCKED when it came back positive! She now has all of her POTS patients get a Lyme test.

I finally had a cause for this unexplainable illness! Everything finally made sense, my body did not just malfunction for no reason.

Although it took another 4 years to effectively treat the Lyme disease, once I did, my POTS symptoms were GONE 😄 I no longer have POTS!

I am telling you this because I was sick with POTS for 6 YEARS before I was diagnosed with lyme. I wish I had known sooner that Lyme disease can cause POTS symptoms!

For more information about my POTS and Lyme Disease Journey, check out my video Chronically Healed

Have you been diagnosed with POTS and Lyme Disease?

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 11: Tick Bites 💚

Welcome to Lyme Disease Awareness day 11. Yesterday, I went over how some doctors will not test for Lyme because they falsely believe lyme disease does not affect their location. Today, I am talking about another reason why some doctors refuse to test for lyme: because of a lack of a tick bite or bullseye rash.

Many doctors believe that without a tick bite or bullseye rash, there is no need to test for lyme.

But half of the people who have tested positive for Lyme do not recall a tick bite or had a bullseye rash!

➡ Ticks can be so small that you never notice them, some as small as a poppy seed.

➡ Lyme disease is associated with the classic “bullseye rash” 🎯 However, fewer than half of Lyme patients report this symptom.

➡ Transmission of Lyme from tick to human takes place in a matter of minutes.

➡ Lyme is reported in areas without ticks, suggesting other insect bites (mosquitoes!) carry the disease.

💚 I was bitten by a dog tick when I was 12 years old. I was told this type of tick does not carry Lyme, but I did live in an area with deer ticks. I didn’t experience any symptoms until I was 15.

I was sick for 6 years before I was accurately tested for lyme disease.

If I had been tested for lyme when I first got sick, it would have been a lot easier to treat.

So, if you never had a tick bite or rash, do not rule out Lyme!

💚 LYME PATIENTS: Do you recall a tick bite? 💚

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 10: Location 💚

Welcome to Lyme Disease Awareness Day 10! There is still so much that I have to say about Lyme disease, so please continue to follow and subscribe and like, because this information is so important to know!

So, many doctors will refuse to test a patient for Lyme disease for various reasons. One of these is location.

Don’t ever let a doctor tell you that you can’t have Lyme because of your location!

➡ Lyme disease has been reported in ALL 50 states and 6 continents.

➡ So unless you live Antarctica, Lyme disease is always a possibility! NO one is immune from Lyme because of their location.

➡ If your doctor refuses to test you, it’s time to find a new, Lyme-literate doctor (an LLMD).

I recommend looking for Lyme Disease groups on facebook for your area. They will be able to find a doctor for you!

Tomorrow I am revealing another reason why some doctors will refuse to test for lyme.

💚 LYME PATIENTS: Where do you live? 💚

I was living in Illinois when I got sick with Lyme.

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 9: Having Chronic Lyme Disease is Expensive 💚

If you have been watching my Lyme Disease Awareness videos this month, you have learned that there is no official treatment for chronic lyme disease patients.

When a patient does not respond to the typical 30-days of antibiotic treatment, they are usually just told then that there is nothing more than can do for them.

When conventional medicine fails you, you have no other choice but to seek out alternative treatments that are not covered by insurance.

My family was spending over $10,000 a year to find treatments that could help me.

This is why it is so important that, if you can, to contribute to chronic Lyme disease research and help families get effective treatments!

Here is a list of some Lyme disease organizations on Instagram that you can donate to, to help raise awareness, research, and grants to suffering patients:

💚 @lymelightfoundation

💚 @focusonlyme

💚 @projectlyme

💚 @livlymefoundation

💚 @lymediseasechallenge

Please share in the comments any other Lyme organization that is out there helping others! These organizations are helping so many people, they need to be highlighted and need funding, please help raise awareness!

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 8: Treatments 💚

If caught early, Lyme disease is usually treatable with antibiotics. However, many cases of Lyme remain undiagnosed for years 💚

There is no official treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease.

Chronic Lyme patients have no other choice but to pay out of pocket for expensive alternative treatments that do not always work. Some treatments work for some, and not for others.

I can only tell you what helped me, but this is specific to my Lyme symptoms. For more info on my Lyme journey and treatments, check out my Chronically Healed Video!

The treatments that helped me the most were:

IV Therapy with saline, vitamin c, vitamin b complex, magnesium, calcium, and glutathione, The Paleo Diet, Biofeedback therapy, NUCCA Chiropractic, Various supplements, THC Medical Marijuana.

Conventional medicine failed me. I struggled for years until I finally found a naturopathic doctor who understood my condition and actually helped me get better.

If conventional medicine is not helping you and you are getting sicker and sicker, it is okay to seek out alternative treatment. There is no shame in going to a naturopathic doctor, especially when you are receiving no help from traditional doctors.

But please remember to use good judgment. There are many people out there preying on desperate lyme patients. I’ll talk more about how to avoid scams in a later post.

If you have Lyme disease and have found an effective treatment, please share in the comments! There are so many suffering from this disease with no direction, your information could really help someone!