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Nicky D
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   Posted 9/11/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
In the last couple of weeks, I've been having crazy mood swings. I've had mild mood swings and even depression (either directly caused by Lyme, or caused by experiencing the symptoms). But this is totally different. One minute I'm fine, and the next I'm miserable and in tears. It doesn't happen gradually- it happens pretty much instantly. And I'll bounce way back the other way too.

For example, about 10 minutes ago, I was miserable. There was no reason for it- I had been fine just before. Then, 10 minutes later, I found myself happy and practically bouncing around my apartment.

It is really exhausting to go from one emotion to another so quickly. I have no idea what is causing it. Does anyone else experience things like this? What do you do about it?

Thanks!

CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Nicky:)

Are you on treatment for Lyme now? Were you tested for the co-infection Bartonella? It can cause pretty bad mood swings. I, myself have never have the happy feeling you describe though.

It could be so many things. Sometimes, the antibiotics themselves cause mood problems. Lyme messes with our hormones too. See where I'm heading?

Have you told your doctor about this?
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   Posted 9/11/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicky-
I'm in one of those 'bouncing' phases (I got to get out for 2 hrs today) - You're right it's terribly exhausting. I also deal with bouts of Lyme rage.
I do have to say that I AM NOT on any tx right now (financial reasons), but I went through this while I was on my 1 yr of Mino as well.
This disease affects us all so differently.
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Nicky D
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   Posted 9/11/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah! Thanks CG. I am in treatment for bartonella. In general, I've been feeling worse on treatment, so that is probably it (since most of my bart symptoms have been worse in the last couple of weeks as well). I actually feel kind of silly for not thinking of that, since my dr. told me the (milder) mood swings were probably from bart.

And the happy feeling was definitely unusual- it's what convinced me to write the post. I'd been getting sudden down swings, but the happy feeling was almost more weird!

I haven't told my Dr yet, mostly because it started just after my latest appointment. If it doesn't get better, I might phone him, or I might just wait until my next appointment.

Thanks again!

Dowa
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
NickyD: Have you ever had your neuro-transmitters checked? A low seratonin level can cause that kind of extreme swing from sad to happy and back again. I experience that often and I am not doing any antibiotics for Lyme. Good luck- D

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   Posted 9/11/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Nicky,

No problem! Dowa has mentioned something too that you may want to look into.

Feel better soon!
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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Nicky..... YEP, I'm suffering w/ awful mood swings, minus the really happy part. I'd say I'm 'fine' one minute and then down in some really bad depths the next. This feels very physical, as opposed to mental. It comes on, all on it's own, seemingly for no reason. Sometimes it SLAMS me, out of the blue.

I sympathize w/ you Nicky-- I'm not experiencing any improvement either.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
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Nicky D
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   Posted 9/12/2009 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
+Lyme- I know exactly what you mean about it feeling physical. That is exactly how I would describe it.

I haven't had my neurotransmitters checked, and to be honest, I'm pretty much fed up with dr's other than my LLMD. Would regular depression meds help with the mood swings? Because that would be all I could get from them- I haven't found one willing to do any tests.

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   Posted 9/12/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Nicky, I don't think an antidepression would hurt. Mine did help me awhile back, and who knows, maybe I'd be a lot worse now without them? (right now, I'm too scared to stop them or change them to something else)

Last year, I do believe they helped w/ the constant muscle pain. And they do also help me sleep. The med I am taking is an old one (as I'm reminded here), but there are so many new ones now, maybe you'd have some good relief from one of them.

Maybe if you don't get more responses here, you could start a thread, asking about anti-depressants. There are quite a few on this forum and it might help to get their input and see what they are taking.
 
Dowa, how do you get your transmitters checked? I have never heard of this.


Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.
 


Dowa
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   Posted 9/12/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Naturopathic doctors and doctors of environmental medicine will often check your neurotransmitters. I have heard that some neurologists will also do the test if insurance is an issue. Good luck. www.aaem.com    Dowa

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   Posted 9/12/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for this info, Dowa!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.
What don't these nasty bugs cause? 
CD57= 60, so we're in pretty good shape.
 

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