Lyme and Stomach / Reflux Issues

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 5/14/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone has experienced a sudden on-set of GI related issues and later determined that it was Lyme related ?
Starting a couple years ago I started experiencing what I believe is GERD related anxiety (from silent reflux), followed by more classic heartburn symptoms a few months to a year later.  It's been a fairly steady progression of symptoms with the most obvious "marker" being the sudden on-set.  Up to this point I had never had problems with anything I ate and had never even experienced an actual episode of heartburn.
The "anxiety" type symptoms have been pretty closely coupled with any number of symptoms that could be attributed to Lyme - the more I read the more convinced I've become that all of this mess I've experienced over the last couple years can be traced back to the common origin of Lyme.  I've certainly had my share of tick bites (probably at least 10 over the last 10-12 years) and have even had a couple initial courses of antibiotics after a couple of the bites.
The GI issues have me puzzled as to why they just suddenly appeared - so I'm wondering if this might be a common presentation of Lyme in others ?
Thanks for any info you can provide

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
zenyata, I am experiencing a LOT of heartburn, occasional unbearable reflux (UGH), and constant gas w/ bloated stomach. I have had heartburn for many years.  It is not far down, it is mostly in my lower throat.   It was attributable to amitriptaline (sp? generic elavil) smoking and drinking beer, so I did. However, altho I do still smoke (yeah, yeah.... ), I hardly ever drink, yet I am experiencing worsening heartburn and acid reflux. I cannot go anywhere without my Rolaids!!

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   Posted 5/14/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
See for all the havoc Lyme can wreak on the gut... Sudden onset is part of it, too. I went to bed able to eat, woke up the next morning unable to swallow anything (solid or liquid)...this was last June, and I still can't swallow much without choking on it. And 2 LLMD's say it's Lyme and Bartonella-related.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), IV Milk Thistle, probiotics.

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/15/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, I have had a sort of nauseous feeling since my symptoms began - I started 'doxy' - on recommendation of LLMD - and I developed bad 'acid reflux' - I realise 'doxy' is hard on the digestive system but I also think that this reflux was part of the 'herx' reaction - ie; I have had silent acid reflux all along and the 'herx' just made it worse.
GERD is a lyme symptom.
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