The meaning behind my blog title "When life Gives you Lymes", a name my sister cleverly thought of, is about me being diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Since I was about 11 years old I've always felt like my body was a bit off. I remember sitting beside my bed in my princess decorated room crying and feeling so depressed for no reason. I didn't understand what was going on, and I never told any one. This continued for a while- my depression would come and go, and then when I was about 14, I started feeling really tired all of the time, and I would get awful head aches 3 or 4 times a week that would last all day.
It's hard for me to quite understand which symptoms are directly related to my Lymes but I've also had a lot of problems with cycles and hormones. Within the last few years, the depression has continued and with that I've started to struggle with anxiety and severe panic attacks. Along with the headaches i also have severe dizzy spells where i faint- or nearly faint, and my body starts trembling and i cant catch my breath.
When I was 14 I developed an allergy for gluten and later beans, coffee, and dairy. This caused awful pain in my stomach- so bad that i couldnt walk or do anything besides lay down. My doctor informed the reason for this was because of the two virus' I had in my liver that we're basicly depleting my body. It was no longer able to digest or support itself properly.
What my doctor told me, was that lyme disease can effect different parts of the body, and that it effects everyone differently. So it's hard to pinpoint what is a hormonal issue, and what is directly from lymes. But I encourage any one who has symptons that they themselves, or doctors have not been able to pinpoint, to go to your doctor and mention the possibility of Lyme disease. It's a very sneaky disease and often goes undetected when it is not on the radar. I have friends who were near death because of Lyme disease and it can be very serious and life threatening.
If any of you have any comments or questions, please feel free to ask away :)