The whole process of starting Lyme Disease treatment is overwhelming! Information can be conflicting, leaving you unable to figure out what will actually help as you work toward stability.
Lyme Disease is a complex condition. There’s usually a lot more than just Lyme going on in your body if you’re experiencing a whole list of symptoms.
(Before we go any further, I want to make the disclaimer that I am not a medical professional and am unable to diagnose, prescribe a treatment plan, or give medical advice. All information here is informational and is from my experience in treating Lyme Disease.)
Throughout the process of treating Chronic Lyme Disease, I’ve learned a bit about the things I should and shouldn’t do during treatment.
I wrote this blog post to tell you a little bit about the things I did wrong when beginning treatment for Lyme Disease.
4 Things I Did Wrong When Starting Treatment for Lyme Disease:
1) Tried to do everything at once
I didn’t realize just how severely Lyme Disease would affect my life. I knew I had debilitating symptoms that were keeping me from living the productive life I wanted, but I thought treatment would help me get better, not worse. So I tried to do everything at once.
In my attempt to keep my life as “normal” as possible, I kept working in the office when I had enough energy to be there, changed my diet to meet my doctor’s specifications, followed an intense treatment protocol, got as much sleep as I could, and tried to be involved in church activities.
After crashing and burning time after time, I realized that I couldn’t do everything at once. Treatment needed to be gradual, I needed to work less, and I needed to prioritize rest. There was no way to do everything at once.
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2) Didn’t detox enough
Looking back, I had no idea how much I would need to detox during treatment. If I would do it over again, I would actually start a detox regimen a few weeks before beginning treatment. My body was not able to handle treatment very well because of problems with detoxing.
My favorite detox methods:
- Taking Epsom salt baths – I generally use 1 cup baking soda with 2 cups Epsom salts in a hot bath. Occasionally, I’ll also add a couple drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the Epsom salt before pouring it into the bath.
- Oil pulling
- Drinking warm lemon water
- Using the Far Infrared Sauna – This is the one that I have! (Needs to be done slowly at low temperatures for only a few minutes once or twice a week to begin)
- Using Burbur/Pinella – I use it several times a day to help open detox pathways so my body will be able to eliminate toxins as treatment begins to work.
- This should go without saying it, but drinking TONS of water! I carry this really cool water bottle everywhere. :)
3) Let my feelings control me
When I first started Lyme Disease treatment, I didn’t fully grasp the severity of my symptoms. Other people from the outside could see things were off, but I didn’t know how bad it was. I just thought I was experiencing things that were valid. While it’s true that I had distinguishable feelings, I didn’t have to let the feelings control my life.
One example of this being a problem was in my relationship with my boyfriend, Jonathan. I talk about this a bit in my free ebook, but I let my feelings of being unloved cause me to say and do things that were unkind. The truth was that Jonathan did love me very much even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.
I realized that I couldn’t make decisions when I didn’t feel very well. As soon as I would feel a little better, I’d realize that seemingly HUGE things were actually small things.
I’ll be exploring this topic in future blog posts, but we’ll just leave it here for now. :)
4) Didn’t renew my mind enough
When symptoms flared or Herxheimer Reactions occurred, I’d often believe lies. I didn’t feel well, so it was easy for the enemy to whisper lies. Instead of actively replacing the lies with truth, I would spiral out of control in despair.
Lyme Disease and co-infections are known to cause anxiety and depression, but I didn’t choose to renew my mind when negative, hurtful thoughts would enter.
The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:2:
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
On a practical level, renewing your mind means replacing lies with truth. So when you start believing that there’s no hope, remember that through suffering we can find hope. Romans 5:1-5 talks about being able to rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering is going to produce good things in us when we let God use it.
God is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). God in Himself is hope. So when we have put our faith in Jesus and have a relationship with God, we have hope.
God can and will use the suffering we’re experiencing to make us stronger when we are relying on Him (2 Corinthians 12:9-11).
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