Lyme= inflamation,>cortisol release to "cool" inflamation> high glucose,anziety/dep

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   Posted 1/15/2018 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   

"Cortisol is a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid. When someone has chronic inflammation, his or her body will signal the HPA axis to secrete more cortisol in order to decrease the inflammation...............

How Do We Support the HPA Axis?
Supporting the HPA axis is extremely important in chronic disease management. It is important to understand that you must support the central nervous system, the adrenal glands and the way in which cortisol signaling functions within the tissue. This is achieved by removing as many known stressors as possible. In addition:

Stay away from inflammatory foods like gluten, sugar, grains and dairy
Avoid food sensitivities and allergies
Get tested and treated for any infections like SIBO, yeast overgrowth etc. that may be causing stress on the body."

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   Posted 1/16/2018 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
"When someone has chronic inflammation, his or her body will signal the HPA axis to secrete more cortisol in order to decrease the inflammation..............."

hmmm... about 6 months after my symptoms started (and I was at my Dr.'s office pretty much weekly) - she tested my cortisol level - using the 24 hour urine collection - to measure total cortisol.

And it was way over the top end of the range.

She said pain and stress can cause it. But, she did send me to the local endocrinologist and he did further testing to rule anything out with my adrenal glands.
...and she also followed up with a CT scan which didn't show anything.

It was most likely the inflammation and stress triggering this.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

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   Posted 1/16/2018 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My cortisol is off the charts high too. My life isn't nearly as stressful as it once was. Kids aren't little anymore, took a way easier job, financially comfortable, etc... and my cortisol is way higher now than back when life was off the rails.

That helps me confirm that physical "stressors" are probably causing my high cortisol. -probably infections

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   Posted 1/16/2018 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
That's how it all started for me as well. Now, one thing we have to remember is that the adrenals can burn out - that's how my story went. Just too many years of having too much physical stress -then came a ton of emotional stress, and even though I was in remission at the time, it was the start of a long 'fall' for me.

My adrenals finally crashed, taking my thyroid with it. I gained 40 lbs in 4 months without changing one single thing in my diet or my routine. Dr's all told me that it wasn't my thyroid or my adrenals, and refused to test them. A year later, when I finally found a doctor that wouldn't take insurance, but would test my thyroid and adrenals told me that my cortisol was flat lined (as well as a few other hormones) and that the back side of my thyroid was swollen, so unless the other doctors would have taken testing beyond the normal ultrasound, it wouldn't have been seen anyway.

My advice - learn the 'warning symptoms' of thyroid and adrenal issues - and don't take no from any doctor if you are sure that you need to be tested. Do NOT wait around like I did to find a doctor that will test - order the tests on your own if you need to!

I entered into Addison's and although I am healing both my adrenals and thyroid, I'm 3 years into it too, and - I had a tick attach not long after my adrenals crashed, and I am back to fighting these infections again as well.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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