Posted 9/1/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)
Gentle lymphatic massage is the most practical approach to moving the fluids, esp. when your extremities are the end carrier of those fluids. Combining this with EMU in the massage - weekly - will aid in moving the fluid/edema retention down and out of your body. No hot stones or spa massages. Therapeutic and very light.
(quoted fm Naturopathy) The following herbs are used to treat osteoarthritis:
* Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)—Is nutritive.
* Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)—Is an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic.
* Burdock (Arctium lappa)—Is nutritive and an alterative.
* Chaparral (Larreamexicaaa)—Is ann antiinlammatory and ann antihistamine.
* Devil's claw (Harpagohytum procumbbns)—Is an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic.
* Yucca (Yucca spp)—Is a anntiinflamatory and an anntispasmodic.
Hydrotherapy helps move stagnation. Here is a pretty simple but good explanation as to how this works: http://alternativemedicine.healthcommunities.com/naturopathic
The standard dosage for acute symptom relief is 3 pellets of 30C every 4 hours until symptoms resolve. Lower potencies, suchas 6X, 6CC, 30X, may be given every 2 to 4 hours. If the right remedy is chosen, symptoms should improve shortly after the second dose. If there is no improvement after 3 doses, a different remedy is given. The following remedies have been shown to be effective in acute, symptomatic relief of osteoarthritis. Check with your doctor before self medicating:
* Bryonia—Indicated for paiin in limbs and joints that are better with warmth, swollen joints, and joints worse with touch.
* Kali bichromicum—Indicated for shooting, pricking pain; wandering pain; stiffness all over; and pain worse in the morning, with motion, or with cold.
* Rhus toxicodendron—indicated for the sensation of stiffness on first moving limbs after rest and when pain is as if bruised or sprained.
* Ruta graveolens—Indicated for inability to bend; pain in all joints and hip bones; and pain worse in wet, cold weather.
* Ledum—Indicated for stiffneess in all joints that move only after applying cold water; painful, hard nodes; and pain worse by warmth of bed.
* Apis - for very swollen, red, hot joints that sting or burn.
Traumeel- Arnica Montana Cream is a great topical as well; even moreso when blended w/a little EMU. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WXX-4C6JK95-5&_use=100&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=searc&_soort=&_ddocanchor=&view=c&_searcStrId=9977532234&_rrunOrigin=ggoogle&_acctC000050221&&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&d5=5ccd05cc1781db9d11a3040f684aee7e8
I do not know if your doctor is an integrative thinker or treats with a whole body approach; but, I would consult with your LLMD before adding anything to your protocol. An integrative Lyme physician is going to be able to guide this for you.
MSM is a supplement you can discuss with your doctor as well. It is a natural internal anti-inflammatory and quite effective. Patients with sulfur sensitivity should not take this though.
IV Myers Cocktail of VitaminC and micro-nutrients is a wonderrful method for flushing the system of toxins (which are locked into that fluid) and tremendously beneficial for adema/inflammation. Again, uner the orders of your doctor.
Dr. K.S. (ILADS) has published a good reference called "The Lyme Disease Solution". In it he details an anti-inflammatory diet plan. His wife is a nutritionist and together they have researched and made this available to Lyme patients.
There may be some imbalances that your doctor needs to address, as well. Autoimmune, hormonal, liver, kidney, systemic candida, food allergies, diabetes, cardio-vascular, etc..
Drinking water, eliminating sugars, wheat, glutens, hydrogenated oils, dairy, nuts (ie: high allergy foods) and processed foods from your diet (if you are already not doing this) would reduce the inflammatory response you are experiencing.
Most importantly, your doctor should be advised and monitoring your cardio-vascular, circulatory systems right now. Your blood pressure should be monitored regularly.
That's alot of info and of course, as with anything, there are variables to this..
I understand the edema and visible/physiological swelling of the extremities.