There is a significant number of health ailments surfacing right now, which is attributed to pollution and other environmental causes. Several of them have similar symptoms, which is why at times it is mistaken as another illness. For example, mental health issues brought about by pollution – some therapists misdiagnose on it. Anyway, it is a well-known fact that there are lots of people who love to take walks, hikes, or jogs in the woods. Being exposed to the environment has complications and advantages, one of which is Lyme disease.
Any person suffering from a disease will undoubtedly experience a decline in their mental health. Not only do they worry about the state of their physical health, but this constant state of worrying also takes a toll on their mental health; making them anxious, irritable and a lot more prone to depression. People who have Lyme disease are no stranger to this. Luckily, a rise in the awareness of mental health at present gave way to behavioral practices that can improve not only a person’s mental health but even their behavioral health at large. According to Joseph Trunzo Ph.D., “Someone suffering from a debilitating disease may be depressed or anxious as a reaction to being ill, it is also important to consider that the debilitating disease might be biologically driving the psychological symptoms.” Continue reading “Battling Lyme Disease: A Focus On Behavioral Health”
Lyme disease is a condition that has no chance of getting detected after a simple test. You may be carrying this tick-borne illness for years, but the doctor may insist that it is merely an autoimmune disease. Other disorders may come to the surface as well before a specialist entertains the idea that it may be the Lyme that’s the reason behind such manifestations.
Based on the long-term process of diagnosing the illness alone, you can also tell that treating Lyme disease can be very stressful. It borderlines the impossible if we are honest, especially when even the things that we see or feel on average may be harmful to the patients.
Let us give you examples of what these normal aspects may be.
- Taking A Shower
Showers are generally fun and refreshing. The feeling of water raining down on you can calm your thoughts, to the extent that you end up staying there until your fingers look like prunes.
However, someone with Lyme disease tends to have an opposite experience. When he or she gets in the shower, the water constantly hitting the body can give the individual pain afterward. Some say it’s the water pressure attacking the toxins in the deep tissues that causes that. Others believe that the sudden rise of body temperature allows the antibodies to kill the Candida and Lyme bacteria.
- Getting A Massage
Lyme patients are not supposed to go to spas to get a deep tissue massage. The reason is that the act of kneading the fats and muscles in the body enables the toxins to flow out with sweat. While that is an excellent detoxification method for most people, it exposes the Lyme bacteria and other toxins to the immune system, which forces them to have an internal battle (literally). Its result is that the person tends to feel sick for several days.
1. Rising Of A Full Or New Moon
Before you start thinking that Lyme patients are humans that turn into a werewolf like Remus Lupin in Harry Potter, allow us to burst your bubble now. These are real people we’re talking about, and their physical form does not change when the new or full moon comes. Despite that, something happens with their brain during this time, thus causing them to experience distress physically and mentally.
The thing is, there is not much research about this circumstance as we speak. The ongoing theory is that the bacteria in a patient’s body reproduce every after 28 days. That is typically when the moon changes as well; that’s why both occurrences have probably been connected.
2. Doing The Horizontal Tango
How the Lyme bacteria are able to go through reproduction is that they feed on magnesium, zinc, and other chemicals and nutrients that the body has. Some internal organs may not function because of that. Hence, the individual with Lyme disease does not even have the energy to either masturbate or have sexual intercourse.
If that person insists on doing it, the supply of nutrients within the system will go down rapidly. Instead of feeling pleasure, he or she may merely be in pain for days.
Many ill folks often get encouragement from their loved ones and doctors to work out. “Build up your immunity and muscle strength,” they say. However, for Lyme patients, it may be best to stay chill and not do plenty of physical exercises.
That is because the process of exerting energy and making the heart pump more blood can cause toxins to return to your bloodstream. The high body temperature during a workout routine can also disturb the calm flow of things in the person’s system. Besides, the more you exercise, the more nutrients the body should have, and that may be difficult to achieve when bacteria consumes those good chemicals before you do.
Having Lyme disease tends to be worse than you can ever imagine. It is highly debilitating, especially when you still don’t know how to cope with the symptoms. It can be a source of depression and anxiety. Nevertheless, information like the ones above can help patients understand what they are dealing with and seek the right ways to circumvent them.
Don’t you find it intriguing that only adults are coming out with Lyme disease?
It can’t be because the symptoms appeared when they were past their teens. You may experience them soon after being bitten by a black-legged tick – the common spreader of the illness. It can’t also be due to the patient’s lack of belief that he or she has a disease. Though you can avoid paying attention to sneezing or coughing, you’ll know that something’s wrong with you when you’re always sick.
Well, the real reason is that physicians, in general, have a hard time diagnosing Lyme disease. It’s not that they need to do it manually. It’s mostly because:
There Isn’t A Better Testing System Available
When you go to a clinic to get checked for Lyme, doctors typically use the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. It seems effective initially because it aims to identify the antibodies to a Lyme-causing bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. The problem, however, is that your cells may not always react positively to the testing substance. The results may then come back negative, and you can’t receive any diagnosis.
It’s A Trickster Kind Of Illness
Lyme disease comes with symptoms that are more common in various illnesses. For instance, the Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne once heard from one of the doctors that she had chronic fatigue. The others, meanwhile, deduced that she suffered from depression. It turns out later that she is a carrier of Lyme disease.
You Accept The False Diagnosis
In case you meet a physician who doesn’t want you to leave his or her office empty-handed, you might get diagnosed with a wrong disease. He or she might recommend a specific treatment for that illness and even insist that there’s no way you have Lyme.
The reality is that you can go to a different doctor and not accept that kind of diagnosis. Although you can’t confirm the Lyme disease yourself, you know that it’s more than exhaustion or dehydration that you’re feeling. Hence, doing otherwise entails that you might waste time and money on the wrong disease and receive Lyme diagnosis too late.
Other IllnessesAre Already In Motion
What’s crazy about an infection-spreading tick is that it cannot solely give you Lyme. The latter may be what it’s known for, but the truth is that it can also cause or activate other illnesses in your body.
An excellent example of that is a man named Griffin Thomas from a related article ofToday. He had to wait for 11 years before the doctors confirmed that the aching joints, the drooping side of his face, and the bull’s eye rash are due to Lyme. Nevertheless, it became apparent as well that Griffin developed autoimmune diseases because of the bug bite. If there’s one thing to talk about such disorders, it’s the fact that they are incurable at the moment. For that reason, apart from the Lyme, he also had to deal with the pain brought by his own immune system.
There’s still a long trek ahead of us before the diagnosis for Lyme disease becomes as easy as knowing if you have diabetes. Despite that, even though your physicians can’t diagnose it, you should follow your instincts and never accept a misdiagnosis.
It’s almost magical how a regular person becomes infected by a tick-borne illness like Lyme disease. A black-legged insect lands on your skin one day, and you may have probably seen it fly away. After several days, weeks, or months, you complain about chronic fatigue, rashes, achy joints, and other symptoms. Instead of looking for the bug bite, though, the doctors typically concentrate on diagnosing you with a different disease.
Of course, that cannot give you tranquility. You know that you possibly have Lyme, but the specialist still won’t confirm it. It’s likely that anxiety is running through your veins because of that, and you can’t sleep until you receive a proper diagnosis.
A word of advice: stop doing that. You need to address your anxious thoughts early due to these reasons.
- Anxiety Makes You Wary Of Everything
When you suspect that your undiagnosed issue is Lyme disease for real, you surely cannot help but absorb every detail concerning it from the internet. Your searches vary from the usual symptoms to the foods you can eat to the activities you shouldn’t do. You practically try to uncover all the stones related to the illness.
While knowledge is a healthy source of power on a regular basis, the balance might tip over once you entertain anxious thoughts. As Graham C.L. Davey PhD. mentioned, “Anxiety often generates additional layers of anxiety—especially if you become anxious about being anxious. Anxiety isn’t unnatural—it’s a normal emotion that has evolved to help you deal with anticipated threats and challenges, and that’s basically what it’s there for.” Say, you heard that the bacteria in your body like sugar, so you cut it off from your life completely. That is a smart decision, considering you can get ahold of another natural energy-giving ingredient. Despite that, in case you can’t, and you’re only doing it because of anxiety, you should know that lowering your sugar intake is enough. The same goes for every other food or activity that you think you’re not supposed to do.
1. It Can Worsen Your Illnesses
Yes, that is not a typographical error. If you probably carry Lyme disease, the odds are also high about you having another ailment. It can be anything, but it’s common for people to develop an autoimmune disease due to the same insect that infected you.
Now, in case both illnesses comorbid with anxiety, the result will never be something that you can consider as a beautiful disaster. The panic attacks can worsen the other diseases. If the symptoms are supposed to be at around five on the scale of one to ten, the mental disorder may push them up to the maximum level. There’s no silver lining to find out of this; that’s why you need to eliminate your anxious thoughts immediately. To help you cope with anxiety, Linda Esposito, LSCW, suggests to “Make a mental note of the positive things in your life. Remember that everything in life is temporary—the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
2. You Might Have Suicidal Tendencies
Living with the possibility that you have Lyme disease but not hearing any confirmation about it can genuinely mess with your brain. You might wonder, “It’s easy for doctors to diagnose diverse types of cancer now. Why can’t they do the same for a tick-borne illness?” Thus, you may have also gone to multiple physicians in hopes of meeting one who can see your symptoms for what they are in actuality.
The thing is, the more time you spend looking for answers, the more your anxiety might pull you down. It may even cause you to develop depression, which is another mental disorder that brings helplessness and a sense of isolation in your life. “Chronic anxiety that is excessive, irrational and debilitating can interfere with our overall quality of life. While some amount of anxiety is part of being alive, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life, it would be helpful to seek out a mental health professional that specializes in anxiety disorders,” according to Dr. Ilene S. Cohen, Ph.D. With these two ailments in motion, it’s effortless to feel as if the world connives against you. Hence, you might begin entertaining thoughts of ending your misery on your own.
To Sum It All Up
It is challenging to deal with a condition like Lyme disease. Specialists call it a trickster since the illness can show symptoms that are prominent on other disorders. Having it also entails that you are carrying another health condition, which may or may not have a remedy up to this day. Assuming you’re still in the limbo, though, you should not make things any harder by giving refuge to anxious thoughts all the time.