Updated: Dec 10, 2022
Hi I'm Brita, I'm going to tell you about some things I have learned through my struggle with Lyme disease. I have been to many different doctors and clinics to find anything to try and feel better. If you have Lyme disease then this probably sounds familiar to you.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a quick, easy cure for Lyme Disease? Oh boy do I wish that were the case! I struggled with Lyme Disease, Hashimotos, and other autoimmune diseases, along with depression and anxiety for years before I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2014. There were many doctor visits where I got diagnosed with Intersticial Cystitis, Celiac Disease, Hashimotos and even a heart problem, long before I knew I had Lyme Disease. With each diagnosis, I got more and more frustrated not knowing why I was so sick.
Once I found out I had Lyme Disease, I searched high and low for every treatment I could find that could help me even a little bit. Here are some treatments for Lyme Disase that have helped me along the way. Look them up online to get a better idea what they can do for you, do your own research. I have added some links for you to check out.
1. HYPERBARIC OXYGEN CHAMBER
HBOT helps block the action of harmful bacteria and strengthens the body's immune system. HBOT can disable the toxins of certain bacteria. It also increases oxygen concentration in the tissues. This helps them resist infection. In addition, the therapy improves the ability of white blood cells to find and destroy invaders.Your blood carries the extra oxygen throughout the body, infusing the injured tissues that need more oxygen so they can start healing. (click here for more info)
2. INFRARED SAUNA
Detoxing can be tricky for anyone dealing with Lyme Disease or other autoimmune diseases, between bacteria and inflammation, the body is on high alert. The sauna helps the body get rid of the toxins that get built up in the body.
3. COFFEE ENEMAS
There are many benefits of coffee enemas including increasing energy, mental clarity, focus, improving brain fog and helping the body detox. Whenever I would be on antibiotics or other medicines, my body would need a little help detoxing the die off. Coffee enemas were so helpful in cleaning from the inside out, so I could continue to heal.
4. EATING AN AUTOIMMUNE PROTOCOL DIET
Diet isn’t always easy when you don’t feel good, but the less inflammation in your body, the better for Lyme Disease or autoimmune diseases.
5. IV VITAMINS & MINERALS
Giving your body a boost is important when your immune system is having a hard time supporting itself. All of the good you can get into yourself is a good idea. IV’s were important for me because I had gut issues and wasn’t absorbing all of the vitamins,minerals and supplements I was taking orally, so the IV was important for my body to get extra nutrients quickly.
6. IV BLOOD OZONE
This process is where blood is drawn and ozone gas is dissolved into the blood, then the blood with the dissolved gas is then injected back into the body through an IV. This treatment is used to stimulate the immune system.
7. NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS
I tried many different types of medicine along with many different natural supplements. Some of them are ashwaganda, cat’s claw, spirulina they all have different benefits to helping build the immune system and also to fight the bacteria.
These are just a few of the things I have tried that have helped me get into remission. I know it’s not a one size fits all, but do your research and try the things that resonate with you. As you become more open to healing, the right modalities will introduce themselves to you to try. There were times I heard about a treatment three or more times before I finally tried it because I didn’t want to waste time and money on something that wasn’t going to help. But I also wasn’t going to sit in my bed and be miserable the rest of my life.
I know it’s hard, I know you don’t feel good. I’ve been there and when I relapse it’s almost impossible. But I will always keep fighting, I won’t give up on myself.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you won’t or can’t heal, because our minds are powerful and you need to believe there is a cure out there for you. Keep searching, keep fighting and find the courage to find what gets you into remission.
TOOLS FOR GETTING THROUGH TODAY
1. WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL
Dump out all the negative thoughts and burn them. I love doing this because I get out the feelings I have then watch them turn into smoke, it’s a reminder that this pain is temporary, even though it’s chronic.
2. FIND A GOOD THERAPIST
Such a great way to deal with chronic illness, some people don’t have supportive friends or family so this is even more important to have a space to talk through what you are going through.
3. TRY YOUR BEST TO THINK POSITIVE & BE GRATEFUL
This may sound simple, but I was plagued by depression along with Lyme Disease and although I felt I was a positive person, I was constantly saying how hard my life was and how terrible I felt. I learned to replace those thoughts with things like: Although things are challenging right now, I have the tools to keep going. I have a safe place to rest, I can get through this, I am thankful I have support, I am grateful to have resources to help me heal.
4. GET CONNECTED WITH A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY
There are many Lyme Disease support groups that you can join online. Be careful not to get sucked into a negative space. It’s good to vent and talk about what’s going on, but you want to be uplifted. It’s nice to listen and to be listened to by people who are going through similar things.
Some of these things might seem difficult when you can hardly even get out of bed when you are dealing with Lyme Disease, but the good news is most of these tools can be done from your bed. Even therapy can be over the phone so you don’t have to leave your bed if you aren’t able.
I hear you, I see you and I’m here for you. You are not alone on your Lyme Disease journey. I have been there, I am healing and I have hope again. I know it’s possible for you too.