I’ve been really bad with keeping up with this blog. I can say however, my health has definitely been a number one priority in my absence. I’ve been dabbling in Yin Yoga. I’ve also been using stretching routines several times a week.
I think my problem lately has been the fatigue and muscle soreness. Joint pain has been in the elbows and hands occasionally. This has been great improvement. For a while I was in pain constantly. Over the summer I thought I was actually making improvement only to have fall come around and be back at square one. This I believe was mostly due to excess stress and me at the brink of just giving up finding a successful treatment.
For the past month I’ve been diligent with my vitamin routine. (I think I’ve mentioned it briefly in the past. I have since updated my regiment) The newest thing I’m trying out is a muscle roller. I’ve used the muscle rolling stick when I was running competitively. I just bought a bigger one meant for the back as well. Its painful but let me tell you, I feel so much lighter after I’ve used it. Its great when I’ll use it on my back and then I can tell I’m working out a big knot when I’ll feel the tell tale sign of pins and needles in my arms.
It’s been one year since I first posted on this blog! It’s amazing how fast and how much can change in one year. I was in such a different place this time last year.
Lyme disease was new and overwhelming to me. Although some days are still overwhelming, the ways I deal with them have changed. I’ve come to learn Lyme disease is not only physical but a mental game. It’s reflected throughout this blog.
If I’ve learned one thing over this past year it is that you and only you are capable of truly healing yourself. Yes it’s good to have a smart doctor and a support team. Through my personal journey, those doctors and support people have come and gone. What’s left is me and my attitude and those truly guide me towards good days.
I hope my blog has helped someone out there. I know it’s helped me to record this process and allows me to revisit things that work and those that don’t work for my lyme journey.
I truly believe that people come in and out of our lives at certain moments for a reason. I haven’t written in a while due to a series of events that, at the time, I thought were changes for the worst. Turns out even though its unfortunate that these events happened in my life, it was the universe shaking me and telling me I’m on the wrong path.
With my Lyme disease, I’ve tend to push myself harder then normal and putting other people’s needs before mine. I wanted to prove to myself I was a strong person and could still do whatever I wanted. Turns out I was just kidding myself.
In the past few weeks I’ve been forced to cut ties with people I thought were in my life for a good reason. I’ve been slapped in the face by reality and had my priorities switched around.
These two quotes have helped me to realize that we are dealt our hand in life for a reason. Everything makes sense once we step back and honestly look at what has happened to us. It may not be what we wanted but it’s happening for a reason and soon we will get it.
If you follow this blog, you know I try to find ways of healing without medical intervention. I fully support doctors help when needed but find side affects aren’t worth it for me.
In the past two weeks I was put on three different types of antibiotics and it was a reminder of how much I dislike taking pills. They were definitely needed at the time however.
What I’ve been practicing lately is focusing on the present moment. I tend to worry about the pain I’m in and it’s like a domino effect on my body. I have pain and I am reminded of how bad it used to be and then I think of being out on meds because of the pain and then I think of bad I felt and then I worry about how long it’s going to last and I will have to go through this in the future etc etc.
I get so worked up worrying about things that happened in the past and what could happen in the future that I end up making my symptoms feel worse then they really are.
If I’m feeling bad I take a break and ask myself how I feel. I scaled pain and ask myself what is causing it. When I focus on what’s happening then and there I can minimize what is actually happening and realize my pain isn’t as pain as it could be. This allows me to manage it.
Most of the time I’m playing a mental game with myself.
Yet again another great post Ifound on Positively Positive! I’m always looking for new ways to reduce symptoms without medical help and this could be a useful tool. Hope you find this helpful!
I’ve been really bad at posting in the last few months. It’s been about a year since Lyme disease became apart of my vocab. Over the months I’ve had supports, hope of a successful treatment, and the ability to keep a positive additude about everything.
In one of my last posts I wrote about changing jobs which would allow me to use a little more manual labor in hopes of building up my strength and muscles again. My theory was successful until I realized even though I may be stronger, my symptoms have not faded. I know about herxing and what that entails, however, it was not what I was hoping for. I don’t know if anyone else out there tried to work out the bacteria with herxing eventually stopping.
If so please share your experience.
I’ve also gotten to the stage where people and doctors start to doubt whether there is something wrong with you and maybe I’m just faking it. At my most recent appointment with my special disease doctor, he explained to me that the Lyme was stable and now I was probably having issues with my boyfriend which was stressing me out. I tried my hardest not to laugh in his face, requested my medical records, and told him I would not be coming back.
Im not the type of person to use excuses and complain about the pain I’m in. I don’t like to cause a scene and would rather work through the pain then tell someone I need special treatment
I know I’m not the only one this is happening to and would love to hear stories about how others are handling this.
Mandy Ingber is a genius when it comes to her Yogalosophy book. She is able to take simple and straight to the point tips on how to re-boot your physical, mental, and spiritual being. I recently bought her book Yogalosohpy a 28 day challenge and so far I’m loving it. I’ve always believed in yoga but I couldn’t find a program that I completely loved.
She plans out a daily routine with poses of the day. Her instruction is great for all levels. Another thing I love is she provides three different meal plans. She allows you to work with what you know and adds in options. She makes it easy for you to move in a more positive direction. Before I bought this book I had never heard of her. I came across a review and decided to look into it.
Having Lyme disease I figured this couldn’t hurt. I had a bad Lyme flare up this past week and it honestly hadn’t been that bad for months. This week just re-enforced my purchase of this book. As those with Lyme know, this disease not only changes your physical body but also your mental and emotional aspect. Everyday I skimmed the book and it put my focus back on the straight and narrow and helped to knock the sign of depression and frustration out the window.
If anyone else has come across this book or has been on this program for some time please share your story.