Anger, rage, anxiety, panic????????

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/14/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
shocked  What is it?  My husband had the lymes rash and was treated in Sept. 2007.  He recently had surgery on his knee in Oct. 2008.  He became very stiff, sore, achy, in his shoulders, neck, etc just days after that surgery.  In January 2009 he went for tests and mentioned to the doctor he had Lymes a year before.  The doctor then tested, said he was positive for Lymes, and he has had doxy about 3 weeks and ceftin (I think it was) for about 30 days.  He feels he is better than what he was a few months ago, but then feels like it may be coming back because he is having some symptoms he remembers from before.  He is obsessed 24/7 with Lymes and has read and listened to others stories (mainly the ones that are not improving).  He goes over and over again analyzing it.  He has an appt. scheduled with a Llmd on Tuesday.  Today, he was starting to get his medical papers together and asked me some questions about it, I tried to show him, he asked again and I said I told him already, and started to look again for the information.  He then went out of the room slammed down a chair, slammed the bedroom door, came back out picked up a large potted plant and through it toward me sitting on the couch, he then picked up the paperwork and through that and stormed off.  My heart was racing and I ran outside and called law enforcement.  They arrived and went in and talked with him.  They then came outside and brought me in.  I saw a hole in the wall where the plant hit, a broken lamp, stuff thrown out of the closet in the bedroom and bathroom.  I broke down and cried.  Law enforcement asked him to leave for the night...relief!  They were sympathetic to him and his condition and he must have explained his situation and the frustration he was feeling in getting good medical help and all the unknowns.    In law enforcements talking with him, he just feels this was anxiety rather than anger...but when he was hollering and throwing things around, he had the look of anger in him to me.  I have seen him escalating over time with this.  What do you think?  I certainly am anxious and panicy myself right now. 

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 3/14/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was locked up in the nuthut for 2 weeks last summer due to panic/depression due to lyme infection/potential co-infection. I just couldn't control myself mentally for a good 3 months when i was initially showing these symptoms. I never knew what hell was until I went through that.

I am more stable on paxil and klonopin now. Hopefully the llmd can get him squared away. I just started seeing a llmd last weds so I am hoping I can get some semblence of normalcy back again as well. If his behavior is out of control, it might be worth treating him psychiatrically until his lyme infection can be cleared up better. the anti-depressants, etc won't make him feel all the way better, but it will give him a better grip on things until the llmd can get the infection under control. Good luck.

History: UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27.  Several huge flares since then.  Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum.  Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
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   Posted 3/14/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you encourage him to see an LLMD so co-infections are addressed in his treatment. It is common to have a short fuse with these bacteria although I have not thrown anything - yet.
Who knows, maybe I did before I was diagnosed. Remember, it is the disease, not the person. When I am in a lot of brain fog I forget things so easily it is very frustrating to be reminded that I was just told such and such. I also have bartonella which can cause anxiety and irritablility.

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   Posted 3/14/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mncow,

Welcome to this forum. There are many helpful people here and lots of information available. Read through the topic entitled "The Basics, Newbies check this out", located at the top of the first page of this forum. It will get you started learning about this disease. The are many helpful websites you can also go to for information (like ILADS). You may want to hook up with your state or local area lyme assoc. too. If you post where you are from, maybe some others from your state/area can give you tips on resources near you.

Lyme (Borrellia) and a coinfection, Bartonella, can cause psychiatric symptoms. There is even a term used, called "lyme rage" that names this angry side effect. Finding a good lyme literate medical doctor will be an important first step in getting help for your husband. Be sure to tell the doctor ALL the symptoms, so that they can be addressed.

Lyme can be difficult to treat. It may be that your husband was only in remission after his first treatment, and then the surgery acted as a major stressor to the body and brought out the lyme again. Even during treatment, symptoms can wax and wane, making it difficult to know when one is actually getting better.

There is a lot to learn about this group of diseases and it can be overwhelming. Read as much as you can but take breaks when you need to. Learn to be your own best advocates and prepare yourselves for the "long haul". Try to stay positive and be open to making any necessary changes (like a healthy diet) to help yourselves through this challenge.

I wish you all the best. bablymers mom

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   Posted 3/15/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -6)

Read the thread about lyme anger. Others suffer from this also.
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