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jennie48
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   Posted 6/10/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone get light headed or feel anxiety when they take a hot shower? I love hot showers but they make me feel worse now....is it from the lyme?
"I will not let Lyme controll my life i will controll my own life"
lyme since June 08
meds-zithromax 500mg one a day/ 1  month // Plaquenil 200mg twice a day/ 1 month
starting 10/3 doxy100mg // omnicef 300mg
 
ADHD/anxiety/depression// celexa 20mg


scorpio1960
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   Posted 6/10/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
about 16-18 years ago I noticed that I always felt very lightheaded and weak right after taking a hot shower...what a great way to start each day...ugh!!  Could never figure it out but now it all makes so much sense.  Now I wish I felt well enough to stand up long enough to take a shower every day.

Traveler
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   Posted 6/10/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
For me a hot shower doesn't bother me, but maybe I don't take that hot of a shower?? But, let me step outside with the heat at a lowly 85 with 80% humidity & I can't stay out for more than a few short minutes without getting seriously ill!
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.


daisyrlb
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   Posted 6/10/2010 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've really not thought about it but now that you mention it...

A few years back I stopped taking hot showers, not enjoyable like before. I too felt weak and not rejuvenated (hmmm I got bit by tick Fall 2003).

Now I take warm showers and the spray feels good. At the end I always finish with cold water (not "mountain spring" cold, more like "ocean" cold).

daisyrlb
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   Posted 6/10/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
jen, I like what you say, ""I will not let Lyme controll my life i will controll my own life""

That reminds me of something I share--I am not a Lyme Victim and I am more than a Lyme Survivor, I am a Lyfe Survivor. :-)

jennie48
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   Posted 6/11/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your replys. i thought i was just being weird with the whole hot showers. i guess warm ones will have to do....

Daisy: thanks I like your quote as well : I am not a Lyme Victim and I am more than a Lyme Survivor, I am a Lyfe Survivor. I also finish my showers with cold water....it cools me offf and makes me feel better b4 i get out.
"I will not let Lyme controll my life i will controll my own life"
lyme since June 08
meds-zithromax 500mg one a day/ 1  month // Plaquenil 200mg twice a day/ 1 month
starting 10/3 doxy100mg // omnicef 300mg
 
ADHD/anxiety/depression// celexa 20mg


Razzle
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   Posted 6/11/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Chlorine + hot water during a shower can turn into chloroform gas, which was used as a general anesthetic prior to newer medications for this being invented. Since Lyme can cause the body to become more sensitive to chemicals, this may be part of the reason for the "new experience" of dizziness during/just after a hot shower. There are shower head filters you can get that will remove the chlorine from the water before it sprays out of the shower head that may help.

Take care,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (plan to start weaning off again soon).
Meds:  IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle, Magnesium, homeopathy.


jennie48
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   Posted 6/11/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
razzle..thanks i will have to look into the shower heads next time on in home depot...does it say on the box. Do you know if i look on line if it will say?
"I will not let Lyme controll my life i will controll my own life"
lyme since June 08
meds-zithromax 500mg one a day/ 1  month // Plaquenil 200mg twice a day/ 1 month
starting 10/3 doxy100mg // omnicef 300mg
 
ADHD/anxiety/depression// celexa 20mg


Razzle
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   Posted 6/11/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I would imagine the shower head filter for chlorine would be marked as such... it may be a separate device you attach between the shower head and the pipe sticking out of the wall...or may be a shower head - I think I've heard of both kinds.

Take care,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (trying again to wean off the TPN).
Meds:  IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver, probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle, Magnesium, homeopathy.

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