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hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 5/7/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone short circuits when under stress.

scorpio1960
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   Posted 5/7/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Most definitely!  Also, the word "stress" has a very different meaning to me than it did before becoming ill.  I use to be a great multi-tasker and now the simplest single task is difficult enough for me.  I can barely concentrate on one thing at a time and even the phone ringing or someone asking me a simple question stresses me out.  Real stressors manage to push me right over the edge.  I often completely shut down or as you stated "short-circuit".  For the last few years I blamed it all on not feeling physically well but now realize there's so much more to it all.  I don't even know who I am anymore. 

momtothree
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   Posted 5/8/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
By short circuit do you mean problems with speech?  If so, I definitely had an episode of that and it scares the crap out of me.

scorpio1960
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   Posted 5/8/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
My personal explanation of "short circuit" varies in intensity but consists of my brain basically shutting down and being unable to think, speak, comprehend and sometimes even hear. Sort of like a temporary stroke.

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 5/8/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
yep scorpio and momtothree

I feel the same! And it started when I was cooking up a nice breakfast for my family. My sister asked me to fix her cell. And I shut down. It's dizzying and yeah, I have groped for words or blurted something out louder and shriller and it makes me think there's something to this. I'm so very hopeful that it is just not happening to me. Or it's not severe enough to be real.

Very bizarre.

momtothree
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   Posted 5/8/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly what you mean.  When it happened to me I thought that I was having a mini stroke.  I tried to say shoulder surgery and there was a disconnect between my brain and my mouth. I was under stress when this happened.  I had just come back from the LLMD who thought that my Lyme returned after a year.  My appt lasted almost two hours and I was stressed and exhausted.  Do you have any co infections?  This symptom is new to me, I did not have it the first time around with 18 months of meds.  At that time, I did not test positive for co infections.  But LLMD thinks I now have Bartonella and Erlichia.

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 5/9/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear momtothree,

I didn't have it until I got off medication. I thought the meds were making things worse. Now being off of them has caused a surge of mini-stroke type feelings! I hate it.

I am also unmotivated...I believe depressed. But wasn't that depressed on meds.

I'm sorry to hear the doctor visit stressed you out. Even LLMDs can do that to me...sometimes more so. they never act encouraged. I guess they're frustrated.

momtothree
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   Posted 5/9/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
The LLMD herself did not stress me out.  It takes anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get to her office.  Then the visit was long, and talking about all this again was stressful.  I was on meds for Lyme for 18 months and thought I was either cured or in remission in March, 08.  Now believing it to be back again and taking all the meds again is really stressing me out.  I also have a difficult time now with heat.  It seems to make my tremors worse and I sweat alot.  This was not a symptom before.  I am having depression as well as crying jags.  I know that the Lyme symptoms are very similar to MS, and that scares me as well.  Lyme is bad on its own, but MS scares the you know what out of me.

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 5/9/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean. I was hoping I didn't have anything this rough either.

Question if you don't mind: How long were you off medication before you relapsed?

Also, we're your symptoms better or worse while on medication?

For me, I got worse or my neck did. And now I'm off, I'm no better and worse in the short circuiting category! Which is just awful. Awful! AWFUL!

I have back of head pain, and pressure in the front now. Everyone here says I'm relapsing. Who knows? I just know I'm not what I once was,.

Turquoise Sky
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   Posted 5/9/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
HI momtothree and hopingtofindcure, Something told me to check out the depression forum before coming on here to Lyme. There is an entry "I'm not okay" posted that would be good to read, esp. the responses. As far as short circuiting, I get spacy close to my period, or when I'm just tired, but I've always been that way. THe way I felt when the extreme vertigo was receding, was that my mind was here and my body was here, but there was a slight delay between them. That has also receded, now it's all just pain, and lack of energy. I pray for all of us to find the cure for this.

momtothree
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   Posted 5/9/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I was off meds 13 months.  I did feel better most of the time on meds except when I herxed.  I did not start having symptoms again until around the 21st of April.  I am just so darn frustrated with this.

momtothree
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   Posted 5/9/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Turquoise Sky, thank you.  I am not anywhere near there but there were a lot of words of wisdom.  It did help my outlook and when I am really down and anxious, I will refer to those words.

kelly1234
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   Posted 5/9/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Momtothree - I too share the ms symptoms along with extreme anxiety, constant crying and depression (who wouldn't be?!). I am on Mepron, Plaquenil, and zithromax. I will probably need to be treated for bartonella. From what I read, all the mood symptoms are strong indicators of this coinfection and some say this should be treated first to get the mood symptoms in check in order to deal/handle the rest of the treatment. I, too, tested negative for coinfections.

As for short circuits, I have had moments where I cannot get a particular word out or forget what I wanted to say. I'm going to have to be more aware of this.

Also, from all I read, what seems to be brought up over and over again on this forum is the need to build up your immune system and be sure your hormones/adrenals/thyroid are being handled. I don't have all the answers on building the immune system while we are feeding our bodies heavy abx which knock the immune system down further. I'm doing my best diet wise and detox wise. I did go to an endocronologist and am going through the adrenal, hormone, thyroid testing. I do believe that if I can build my immune system up and work on keeping the others in balance, hopefully that will help me get over this. Interestingly enough, I went through adrenal testing last year through another doctor which revealed extremely low seratonin levels and cortisol levels which were never addressed by supplements etc. From all that people write, there seems to be a strong connection with lyme, the immune system, hormones, thyroid and adrenals. I think this is a factor in my anxiety and depression.

momtothree
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   Posted 5/10/2009 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks kelly1234, it is good to know that others have the same concerns.  I wish that none of us did.  Do you also have constant tingling and stabbing in the soles of your feet?  This symptom is making it very difficult to sleep.  It finally stops, I fall asleep and then I turn over and it starts all over again. 

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 5/10/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
It is all so very weird -- this disease... someone somewhere said it has the makings a great sci-fi film...What would the ending be. We all get picc lines?

Seriously, we need to be experimenting with the new brands of abx, if someone would just let us.

Throwing combos at folks --- is that working? For certain? MORE RESEARCH PLEASE!
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