Dealing with Physical Stress

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IH8Ticks
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   Posted 6/2/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Recap: Lyme, babs, bart. On a pulsing schedule of abx.

I had been doing well for a while on my abx regime. A few months ago, I started having more insomnia problems. My doctor put me back on Mycobutin, which seemed to help a bit. For about 10 days recently, I was in high-stress mode - being very busy and staying up late/waking up early. My body has zero tolerance for physical stress, and I began to have more symptoms, particularly the Lyme and bart symptoms. I can't avoid stress, so what can I do? My biggest physical stress comes from not being able to sleep, but nothing my doctor has tried has helped me.

Jeminij
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   Posted 6/3/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
stress can bring out lyme syptoms even more. I just went through a very stressful event a few weeks ago and got very sick as a result. I am feeling better now, but it is impossible to avoid stress in life I have found out.
 
Can you exercise? It is the best thing I have found for lyme, sleeping issues and stress release. All around a win win if you are well enough.
I am not a big yoga person (I have a 2 year old and no free down time) but yoga is a great way to relax and maybe you can try to do it before bed. When I was really sick with lyme I think I slept about 15 minutes a night. It was awful I remember. I never took anything, but as I got better so did my sleep. Even now so many years later if I my symptoms flare up I have terrible sleep, nightmares and just can't sleep well.
 
Eventually it will get better, but I would try to exercise if you can. Do it later in the afternoon, but not right before bed. Also maybe taking a hot bath before bed might help.
 
 

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 6/3/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been exercising, and it has helped my symptoms a lot. However, when I'm in a stressful situation, I'm also usually short on time, which means no exercise. I find that it's best to get my heart rate up pretty high. I like to ride my recumbent bike. I use a heart rate monitor to make sure that I'm pushing myself hard enough to increase my heart rate.

Showers and baths usually wake me up more. I'm not much of a bath person anyway.

I haven't tried yoga. I've never done it before. I'd have to take a class or something to do it right.

Jeminij
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   Posted 6/4/2010 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
you can do yoga at home. I have Comcast and they have yoga on demand or you can buy a video. It def. will relax you. It's all about deep breathing.

I am going through a stressful time right now too so I understand. It's hard to find the time to take care of yourself, but it is so important.
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