Anyone else have heightened general physical sensitivity?

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   Posted 5/7/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
By this, I don't mean anything super-dramatic like a light touch on the skin being painful or irritating, but rather, having lesser tolerance(or perhaps, endurance for tolerating) things like, cold or heat, heightened reaction to minor pains(stubbing toe, smacking shin/elbow, etc), or other miscelleneous irritations(getting rained on/wet, etc).     Just to elaborate a little - for example, this past winter I found that I couldnt resist staying under cover(or in a jacket) 100% of the time unless the temperature was just absolutely perfect.  And now that it's getting warm I experienced the exact opposite, I went outside to cut the grass and after getting done I had to stay in front of the AC until I was completely cooled -in either case, much more so than ever before in years past.
Overall, this isn't a huge thing - but with summer coming up I hate the idea of having to sit in front of AC or a fan all day(for example).
Is this another great feature that comes from Lyme, is it just how things are from getting older(31 now), or something else?
Either way, anyone else have this? 

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   Posted 5/8/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi rcenters.  I think Lyme, Babesiosis, and adrenal insufficiency can cause this.  Do you have Babesiosis?  Have you had your adrenal function checked?

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   Posted 5/8/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Babesiosis isn't something I ever discussed much with my doctor and I don't know too much about it. As listed on wikipedia and other sites, they say the identifiers are persistent fever and and anemia, so I don't think so...although if this one is something that can be "chronic" then surely it must present some symptoms that are not so "acute"....

As for adrenal functions, no, never had that checked at all, never thought to. Though personally I would assume something like lyme would wreak general havoc on hormones of all kinds throughout the body(lyme rage, as an example). Need such an insuffiency be very great(less than 80% of normal human production) to have this effect?

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   Posted 5/8/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am extremely sensitive to cold, heat, light and sound (can't handle high-pitched sounds or loud music). My startle reflex is through the roof.

Unfortunately, another great feature of Lyme and it's coinfections. It's also a herx of sorts - my sensitivities are exacerbated further when herxing.

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   Posted 5/8/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It involves your autonomic nervous system. De-regulation of the ANS they call it here. It can also involve your hypothalamus that controls your body temp and keeps your body "nomal." At the clinic here they blame the toxins in your brain, where your hypothalamus is located. Gets complicated, but de-toxing helps alot. D

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   Posted 5/9/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
yes yes yes, all of my senses are heightened because of LD.
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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I can hear things no one else can. and its funny but if a milk truck goes by i can smell the milk in it, no one else its stinks to me too.

i wish my eyes was working half as well

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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started a thread about heat intolerance.  Hot showers, warm stores, etc and I am like a limp dishrag and profusely sweating.  Never had that happen before. 

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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL, I meant sensitivity moreso than senses! I never had a good sense of smell even before lyme, so by extension I haven't suffered any hypersensitivity in that regard. And unfortunately it hasn't given me superhuman sight and hearing :(
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