Any suggestions for reducing pressure/tension headaches?

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Mattatouille
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   Posted 4/9/2018 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I've been dealing with lyme disease since this past july, so for about 8 or 9 months. It started with flu-like symtoms, then intense muscle pain in my legs, and then very bad brain fog. I was treated early on with 3 weeks of doxy which only helped marginally, then I was treated with 2 months of minocycline and tinidazole, and I've switched over to the herbal supplement LB Core as suggested by my LLMD.

My leg pain has pretty much gone away, and the brain fog seems to have improved a bit as I can focus much longer and get my work done at university, but I am left with what feels like pressure in my head, specifically at the top or crown of my head. Some days are worse than others, but it is always there, and the triggers I've found for it are caffeine and alcohol, though it comes on randomly sometimes too.
Yesterday for example, I didn't sleep well the night before and I have developed a terrible tension/pressure headache to the point where I can barely think straight, even today.

I did have an MRI where they found a pineal gland cyst, but I was told it was benign and too small to have any impact, so I'm assuming this is occuring just from the Lyme, or maybe some coinfection, though I haven't been diagnosed with any coinfections.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any other supplements I could add to get some relief from these pressure/tension headaches I get constantly, if Lyme really is the culprit for them. Any general advice on the head problems would be appreciated as well.

Thanks.

Girlie
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   Posted 4/9/2018 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Mattatouille


Sorry that you are dealing with lyme...but glad you found us here.

Some herbals:

Japanese knotweed is an anti-inflammatory herb.

Kudzu and Greater Celandine may help as well.

I've heard IV Glutathione is effective.
My head pressure got much worse when I was treating Babesia...I think it is what's causing mine.
It's possible that your head pressure is from a confection and treating it will be key.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
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added biaxin Sept. 26/14
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WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 4/9/2018 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Lingering head pressure is likely a sign you need to treat babesia.

For symptom relief, red root is another herb that at least person reported helpful for that. Kudzu seemed to help mine.

Mattatouille
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   Posted 4/9/2018 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions. Girlie, the LB Core that im taking from Green Dragon Botanicals includes Japanese Knotweed, so I've been taking that as well as Cat's claw, andrographis, sarsaparilla root and dandelion herb for about 2 months now. I'm going to look into your other suggested herbs and ask my LLMD if they would be appropriate. I'm in the northeast U.S., so I was able to find a good LLMD with tons and tons of experience curing lyme.

I'll also be asking about potentially treating Babesia, but do you guys have a recommended treatment protocol? One that may have worked for you or has seen good results from others?

Thanks.

Girlie
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   Posted 4/9/2018 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You're wanting to continue with herbals right?

May as well stay with Buhner and add in some of the bart herbs.
You're already taking JK. You could add in Sida Acuta and Houttuynia.

oh...a good herb to take is Hawthorne for the heart/cardiovascular system.
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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

Mattatouille
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   Posted 4/9/2018 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I'd rather not go back to pharmaceuticals if i don't have to.

I will look into adding these herbs into my protocol. I forgot to mention that I was having cardiovascular/heart symptoms, went through the whole stress test/echo/ekg and they found nothing. I've been having heart palpitations from exercise, as well as during bouts of anxiety, and the anxiety is much more frequent than before as I was never really a nervous person before. Hopefully the Hawthorne will help with that.

Thanks again.

WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 4/9/2018 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Mattatouille said...
Yeah, I'd rather not go back to pharmaceuticals if i don't have to.

I will look into adding these herbs into my protocol. I forgot to mention that I was having cardiovascular/heart symptoms, went through the whole stress test/echo/ekg and they found nothing. I've been having heart palpitations from exercise, as well as during bouts of anxiety, and the anxiety is much more frequent than before as I was never really a nervous person before. Hopefully the Hawthorne will help with that.

Thanks again.


Hawthorn is what I think they call an adaptogenic herb for the heart. However, I don't know that you will notice any symptom relief from it. Bartonella and babesia can cause a lot of cardiac symptoms. Treating those infections is the best way to get rid of those symptoms.

You may want to get Buhner's books on Healing Lyme 2nd edition and his 2 books on coinfections that have the full protocols in them. I find the books very helpful.
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