WWJD20, I'm definitely interested in the Himalayan sea salt, as I randomly saw an advertisement for that product earlier today and was wondering if I should try it.
Patty, I'm sorry to hear that you have been going through the same thing, it really is terrible and the worst part seems to be as much as you talk to friends and family about
it, nobody can really comprehend what I'm going through. "What do you mean you have to consciously breathe?", etc. etc. As much as it sucks, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with these issues, I thought I was going crazy for a while.
I was diagnosed with Lyme, no co-infections, about
two weeks ago. I've suspected it for months to a year, and I estimate that Ive been infected for 2-5 years, however; I was originally tested by my family doctor upon my request, who told me I was negative and assured me that I didn't have Lyme. Months later with no improvement I knew better and found an LLMD. The antibiotic he prescribed my is cefdinir (omnicef) at 600mg, twice a day (four 300mg capsules / day), however my stomach couldnt handle that dosage so I'm not taking 300mg twice a day. Before finding out about
lyme I became extremely interested in natural healing methods (ayurveda, traditional chinese medicine, folk medicine, etc) and did a lot of reading on the topic. Right now I'm taking vitamin C (2-10 grams / day), quercetin (500-1000mg day), resveratrol (100mg/day), potassium/magnesium aspartate complex (250mg each, 500mg total), lutein & bilberry, and fish oil at ~ 2.4g /day. Those are what I take consistently on a daily basis, depending on how I'm feeling symptomatically I will occasionally change doses slightly. As for anxiety specifically, I take herbs/supplements only as needed. I'm really into organic gardening and I grow a lot of herbs (rosemary, chamomile, sage, lemon balm, lavender, etc) which I drink as a tea on a near daily basis, which definitely helps with the anxiety. The following is my response from another thread that I wrote a few days ago about
lyme and anxiety:
STAY AWAY FROM CAFFEINE AND ESPECIALLY ALCOHOL. STOP DRINKING. Anxiety and Panic attacks have been my main symptom the past few years, so I have a lot of experience dealing with this. I would also stay away from xanax, klonopin, etc, as these drugs typically are extremely powerful and tend to make you depressed afterwards. Spending time in nature is honestly one of the best solutions. Go to a park, go for a walk, spend time around trees and wildlife. It will help and the effects of nature and healing are well documented. From an herbal standpoint I highly recommend valerian root extract. Try a liquid extract and start with a low dose, maybe 250mg (7 drops), and see how that works for you. If its not enough go up to 500mg, then 1000mg (28 drops). The bottle will say to take 1ml (28 drops) three times daily - this is not necessary; Use it as you need it, you'll figure it out. Aside from valerian, try passion flower, l-theanine (highly recommended - try 100mg or 200mg once or twice a day - a tolerance might develop quickly. When/if this happens I suggest skipping a day or two), chamomile, and rhodiola rosea. Try these herbs one at a time to see how they work for you without the results influencing each other. When you know what you like and what helps you, try rotating them to blend the effects and prevent a tolerance buildup. I highly recommend you buy good quality herbs. It's worth the extra money for better quality herbs, it will save you time and money in the end. As for a source, try swanson vitamins. They have a great selection and the best prices around (check for interactions, some sources will say certain herbs interact, although with in-depth research I've found most herbs seem to be fine at proper doses. Also, make sure to exercise daily (try yoga), and when you're feeling more comfortable inside your own body, try some breathing exercises and meditation (zen meditation is simple and straightforward) Remember, close your mouth and always breath through your nose! Look into buteyko breathing exercises. Unintentional hyperventilation is a huge factor of anxiety. Good luck, email me or private message me if you need any help.
The only time I would personally reccommend benzodiazepines (xanax, klonopin, etc) is if the anxiety is extremely bad for a long period of time and you just need something to give you a little temporary mercy and break the cycle. I usually carry one of my prescript
ion klonopin pills with my where ever I go strictly as an emergency pill, and I will only take a fraction of the pill once ever few months if I really feel I need it. Valerian root extract works in a similar way, and I highly recommend, although I can't say much on the effects of long term consistent use. I usually try to cycle different herbs to find the perfect combination for myself. One last thing: try to be positive on a daily basis. Specifically point out things throughout your day that you find interesting, things that are attractive, things that are amazing. If you see a cool tree or plant, point it out and try to appreciate it. I've found that if you can incorporate certain positive tactics into your daily basis, you can eventually develop a methodology for healing yourself. Or at least that interesting building might take your mind of your breathing for a few minutes.
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