Hey so bumping this thread again.
Dacarte, did you get any relief after moving? Also any solution to the skeleton hands? I've noticed that both my hands and feet, although most notable in my hands have become really skeletal, basically between my finger tendons there are now divets. I'm in my early 30s so i really don't want to believe this is just the new normal.
Do you guys believe it's muscle and fat related? So in theory if we can gain weight and muscle we could get it back? Or is it more nefarious like collagen being eaten away and it's gone for good?
So this issue halted *knock on wood*.
What I did to remedy the cosmetic problem of this is continue to work out and build more muscle mass.
My fore arms recovered through muscle growth. Better blood flow circulation helped the appearance of my hands but additional collagen has not been restored. Unfortunately, there's really no practical way to build muscle mass in the hands.
The same goes with my feet. Gaining muscle mass in the legs and calves makes the feet look not as bad.
It's sort of a cosmetic loop hole I found the more body fat I lose and more muscle I gain from working out, it makes it seem like I was "meant" to look like this versus lyme destroying collagen and that surface layer fat right beneath the skin.
So what happens is you can gain muscle in all areas there are legit muscles, which is great, but you can't gain it back in the hands and feet where there's very little/small muscles.
If you google really lean fit people they also lose that skin level fat and collagen because they are 15% or less body fat.
So yea, it's sort of a cosmetic loophole I found. It's just another way to give lyme the finger and "beat it". Ironically through this loophole I physically look better and dare I say more "attractive" (relatively speaking) then pre-lyme.
Now to go little bit deeper, I did have to figure out how to stop the wasting (including muscle). Once I did that and it halted, I started working out again.
It sucks because this is the second time I had to do this with lyme. Waste, get in good shape again, relapse, waste, get wasting under control again, eat tons to gain some weight back and then get back in shape again. I'm on my second tour of this cycle now. Hopefully two is the end of it.
Lyme (Igenex) - Positive IFA and WB bands 23, 31, 41
Mycoplasma (Labcorp) - Score: 595
ABX Treatment: 03/2016-04/2016; 7/2017-9/2017
Buhner Protocol for Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella and Mycoplasma (treating everything to be on the safe side): May 2016 - Dec. 2016; 8/2017 - Present