Yes, I have a lot of stomach problems - slow stomach emptying, constant battles with nausea and feeling too full after just a small amount of food or water, inability to swallow liquids, constipation, diarrhea, stomach/abdominal pain, etc.
I eat a combination of a meal replacement mix (Alpha ENF www.alphanutrition.com - I have no financial connection with this company/product), 3 foods (I have a lot of food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities), water and meds through my Gastrostomy feeding tube, and also TPN (IV nutrition) and IV hydration via PICC line.
Tricks - well, for one, are you avoiding gluten and dairy? These foods make inflammation caused by Lyme worse, which can cause stomach problems. Also, have you been checked for yeast imbalance (yeast imbalance can occur despite probiotics)?
Other tricks - eat foods that don't take a lot of digestive effort, such as rice, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables & fruits, etc. Eat small meals every 2-3 hours instead of trying to eat larger meals 3x/day. If you are too nauseated to eat, then try to sip on warm ginger or peppermint tea instead...this may help settle your stomach and also gets liquids into you to help prevent dehydration.
I also find antihistamines helpful - such as Claritin or Zyrtec. If this doesn't help your nausea, then you might try talking with your doctor about
other medications that can help with nausea (such as Phenergan or Zofran). Also, homeopathic remedies for nausea may be helpful - such as Nux V. or Ipecac (homeopathic, not the drug store syrup version!). I get homeopathy from a local health food store. Homeopathy can be taken as often as once every 5 minutes during times of severe nausea, and there are no side-effects.
Yes, Lyme can cause gut problems. For details, see http://www.thehumansideoflyme.net/viewarticle.php?aid=62
Yes, once the Lyme/coinfections are under control, the gut problems should improve.
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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.