What are your coping methods?

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sophie 66
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   Posted 8/27/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am having a very difficult time dealing with this horrible disease!! It is so hard for me to feel great one day and crash the next! I know I should cherish every healthy minute I have but when it fluctuates so much I get really down. How do you cope with it? My family is not real understanding............ they think I am not patient enough and I make things worse by getting upset. It is taking all my energy just to get up and get to work!

I already take meds for migraine prevention and I don't want to take anything else for depression and anxiety.


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   Posted 8/27/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am far from a patient person. Just ask my wonderful, dear husband :)

You are correct. The roller coaster ride of Lyme stinks and I too find it the worse mentally to be feeling OK one day and like you are gonna die the next day or even the next hour for that matter.

So, I do the very best I can when I am feeling well...and on those down dark days...sometimes I have a pity party for myself. I call a dear friend and really unload and cry. I feel better afterwards and know that tomorrow is another day.

I will also listen to my favorite music from when I was a teenager (many moons ago) and that never fails to bring a smile to my face and a good memory to my heart.

I also try each day to find some beauty in the day. Whether it be a new flower blooming outside, some antic my animals have done, a gorgeous sunset..

And while it does not seem like it at the time, I  remember that there are children and families out there fighting hunger, homelessness, poverty, cancer...things that truly truly are alot worse than what I am going thru at that very minute.  I then count my blessings.

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sophie 66
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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the words of wisdom! I am a big fan of journals and I am going to start another one and only record positive, happy thoughts!

I was just thinking the other day that I could have gotten worse if the dr. hadn't admitted me to the hospital so that's a plus! And I have great health insurance and many people don't~

I hope you have a wonderful day! BTW, I love your user name!!

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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
SLEEP!! I continue to work every day and take care of my kids but I struggle everyday. However, I have found that if I make sure I get enough sleep, it really helps. I take naps often and have found that when I am feeling my worst, whether exhaustion, muscle pains, anxiety, etc., sleep refreshes me and gets me back on my feet.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I found the book "The Secret" made me feel more in control of my life rather than it controlling me. I also find Yerba Mate tea to help. It has many health benefits. It can reduce anxiety, fortify the immune system, increase energy and more. Here is just one of many links on its benefits:


I really do feel better when I drink it.

james from missouri
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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
i take b12 shots every 4 days, this keeps me going.. i take a ton of supplements, not sure if it helps, but i feel good when i take them knowing i'm rebuilding my immune system hopefully.. I hang out with my dog and talk to him all the time.. I took away alot of stress from financial stuff.. i was super stressed out over the mortgage and other bills, i just ended up selling my house and started saving money. this helps me..

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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a 9 year old, so I have no choice but to keep on keeping on. It is hard. I have forgotten what it feels like to be pain free. But when I was finally diagnosed in the end of June, I almost felt relief. I had lived for so long feeling rotten and bounced from Dr. to Dr. So now, I look at it like, ok, now I know my enemy and I am going at it with guns a blazing! I know it is hard to remain positive especially when you feel so bad. If you are having true depression, there is nothing wrong with speaking to your Dr. about it and see what they have to say.
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