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bucci
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   Posted 3/20/2010 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
is high altitude around 6000 t0 6800 ft up good for lyme?

or does it make it higher?

also do lyme people have low platlets?
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Traveler
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   Posted 3/21/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Bucci,
Are you asking because you live at that elevation??
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.


bucci
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   Posted 3/21/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in 4300. patagonia az. but am thinking of spending summer in new mexico about 6500
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Dad has lyme


Razzle
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   Posted 3/21/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I always have felt better at high elevations... I read somewhere that Lyme "prefers" mountains and "dislikes" seashores...meaning that it is more likely for the Lyme to cause more troubles at lower elevations and in places near the ocean... I have found this to be true of my own Lyme symptoms...
 
On the platelets issue, I have intermittant low platelet counts... this may be due to thicker blood (i.e., the platelets are sticking together) or due to the activities of one of the coinfections (Ehrlichia/Anaplasma can cause low platelets, low red blood cell counts, and low white blood cell counts).


-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.


bucci
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   Posted 3/21/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
well now that you mention the white cell thing..mine were a little high on last report 2 week ago.
what does that mean? do people get high white cell on steroids?

does it mean anything that I was running 102.2 fever 2 weekends ago? I wa hoping it meant my immune system was kind of working on it's own?? does that even make sense.

do you know for the last 15 yrs the doctors, rhumatolog, neurolog, gastro,endo, GP , EVERYONE has blamed my low plateletts on HEP C. never one word about posssible lyme while I am sitting there in horrible pain and all this right side of the body problems, not able to finish a sentence.... NOT ONE doctor suspected lyme other than my SHRINK.!

My platelets still came back low though after being on heparin for a month.

What does high red blood mean? i don't have it now but it was another weard issue that I thought was rom first moving to high altitude which was only 4300 ft.

I guess that is why I really stopped going to the beach 10 yrs ago. it whipes me out. I think i do better in the mountians.

but also when i am at the 6500 ft it is always at zen centers where no one is really talking and a lot of zazen going on. so I get very high and happy going to sasheen ..6 day medtaion even getting up at 4 am .

it really takes you away from everything in outside world and once you can let your mind go it is really nice. it is torture in beginning but after 15 years now it is more like a feast for me.
hep c , lyme
Dad has lyme


Razzle
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   Posted 3/22/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Prednisone usually lowers White blood cell counts. So fever + high white blood cells = your immune system is fighting something (lyme, viruses, etc. or autoimmune, but I think there are enough infectious organisms floating around to keep the immune system quite busy).

Heparin won't dissolve existing blood clots, it only prevents the development of more clots, so it may not increase platelet counts. Liver issues can decrease platelet counts also, but I would ask your doctor where you are getting Lyme treatment if they think the low platelets are from Lyme/coinfections or Hep C or if they know?

High red blood cells could just be from dehydration...and also the body will generate more red blood cells when one is at a higher altitude for a long time, but I don't know how long a person has to be at a high altitude before the body starts to make more red blood cells. There are other things also that can cause this but I can't remember what they are off the top of my head...for a list, see http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/rbc/test.html

Take care,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.


phoenix1111rising
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   Posted 8/2/2015 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
old bump but saw this when doing a search

I notice I feel better at higher elevations

I feel it on a plane as well, maybe something to do with my cell make up

interesting...
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