I know this may be somewhat of a controversial topic, but has anyone had any experience with the medication Adderall as it relates to their Lyme Disease? I was prescribed Adderall IR for many years and took it consistently without any negative side effects or issues both prior to, during, and after my official Lyme diagnoses.
I discontinued taking it a while ago, as the Lyme disease had run me down to a point where I was having a difficult time functioning normally, and spent most of my days working from home, and unable to participate in most social functions that I was invited to. I figured that taking a stimulant medication while my body was clearly exhausted would probably be counter-productive. Going off of the medication exasterbated my fatigue, concentration, and brain fog symptoms and drastically cut my day-to-day productivity, but I was so drained from the Lyme that I didn't even care.
a year out after getting re-diagnosed with Lyme at the beginning of 2017, and doing three months of ABX, plus 6-7 months of Buhner protocol, I am considering refilling my Adderall prescript
ion and seeing how I do on it. I still have several doses left over from an old prescript
ion, and over the past few months, have sporadically taken a dose here and there to see how it effects me, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of my symptoms temporarily subsided while on the medication. These results were consistent each time I took a dose of Adderall.
The fatigue and brain fog were still present to a certain extent, but drastically subsided, as I was able to almost fully-concentrate on what I was doing. In addition, my fatigue symptoms and aches and pains improved significantly - I was able to power through many chores and tasks without really even noticing the joint pain, whereas I normally would be in pain to the point where it was actually distracting from the task at hand. Another strange improvement while on the medication, was my balance. I struggle with vertigo and left-sided weakness daily, at times flaring up to the point where I need to sit down, or, if in public, need to take a minute to stop what I'm doing, focus, and re-orient myself. My mood was also improved, and I felt much less anxious and "on edge."
The next day, or several hours after each dose wore off, all of my symptoms re-presented themselves exactly as they were prior, no better or worse.
Financially, I am in a position where I cannot afford to not go back to work full-time in the near future. I can take the next few months off and continue to heal, but by mid-year, I really do not have a choice but to pull it together as best I can and resume life as normally as I can manage.
I would love to hear about
anyone's prior experiences with this medication, and if they had similar abatement in any Lyme symptoms while taking it. I'm unaware of any legitimate studies published on this topic.
Side note: I am clinically diagnosed as ADHD, and have been for years. All medication was prescribed by a licensed doctor and I went through all of the proper channels to obtain this medication legally. I am not suggesting that anyone who is not prescribed to this medication try it as a "temp cure" or "experiment" for their Lyme symptoms.
Post Edited (Intuition) : 1/16/2018 7:07:26 PM (GMT-7)