I know....like Lyme isn't bad enough! We have to deal with female crap worsening too!!!! I sucks!!
My LLMD is also an GYN and endocrinologist. Since I started seeing her in July, 08, she asks at every visit; are you having irregular periods yet? I said no until December. On my first visit with her in july, I was taking Yasmin too, but really to only keep my acne under control. My doc told me I could do that with supplements, that my acne was nutrient related. So I stopped Yasmin. It's too expensive anyway and hey, one less pill to take.
Anyway, my periods went from every 28 +days and no cramps to every 3 weeks or less with pelvic, hip and cramp pain. Real heavy for 3-4 days then spot for about a week. My doc said that the LD might be throughing me into early menapause!!!!! No Way......I'm only 42! So yes, this disease really screws you up big time. Also, when your on your period one of the hormone excreted is relaxine. It's the same hormone that relaxes your pelvis during childbirth. Relaxine is hormone that affects tendons and ligaments which are connective tissue. Guess what is any easy target for Lyme......yep....connective tissue. So to sum things up; that's a double wammy.
Most lymies are anemic. When on your period, and it's really heavy, you become even more anemic; which increases the headache and lightheadedness, etc. It's important to increase your fluid intake (to keep a normal blood volume so your heart doesn't have to work so hard) and make sure your are on enough iron (this is the anemia part, you need iron to bind oxygen to blood cells. When iron availability is low, oxygen carrying capcity is low. Your brain and heart are very sensitive to low O2, oxygen, levels: lightheadedness, palpatations).
I was curious too. How long were your symtoms before your Lyme treatment started? How long were you on anbx? And are you still having Lyme symptoms now that your off anbx?
I'm asking cause my LLMD's protocol is to continue meds (anbx, etc.) for 4-6 weeks after your symptoms have stopped. So I wonder if your treatment was long enough?
my prayers are with us all daily- Lisa
11/07 symptoms start
7/4/08 IGenX LD positive,gluten sensitivity,low magn, low WBC's,+yeast/bacteria/tapeworm/roundworm, EBV,HHV,CMV,Parvo,
7/25/08 started on Biaxin
9/08 IGenX co-infections neg, but probable Bart, Bab, Erhl
11/08 Biaxin,Plaquenil,Cipro, Artemisinin,3 probiotics,Transfer Immune, Bcomplex,MultiVit,omega3,magnesium,