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Sweating it out

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ah the joys of summer. Warm nights. Humidity. Swimming laps in an olympic pool during my dreams.

My body often feels better in the summer. So far, it’s been hit and miss, but we’ve only had a few days of heat. Yesterday I was tired, had cardiac symptoms, then went for the most lovely, carefree walk in my neighborhood.

Today, my joints are aching a lot. I’ve been nauseated most of the day. I’ve been sad and in need of a heavy cry, but I can’t find one.

I tried a yoga class (since Monday’s class was cancelled for Memorial Day). Yoga has been helping with my pain lately. As the classes progress, the pain usually diminishes with warmed up muscles and increased blood flow to joints. But today was a nausea day. Yoga wasn’t my best plan for that symptom. (It was an experiment, as are many things I do.)

About 20 minutes into the class, I couldn’t stay in downward dog. I lowered myself into child’s pose. Leaning forward made me want to vomit. I decided to sit up and breathe. That’s what I did for the next 35 minutes. I sat and paid attention to my breathing. The nausea didn’t go away. I tried pushing the acupuncture points that sometimes alleviate nausea for me. They didn’t work this time.

As the minutes passed, I started noticing the ache in my joints, a few joints at a time. I breathed into them since I wasn’t moving through poses. Eventually I lay down for shivasana, and the rest of the class joined me. Resting that way made it possible to go down the stairs and walk home, but I was feeling pretty out of it.

I lost a bunch of the afternoon to feeling crappy. I ate a little and the nausea reduced its intensity. Then I napped and ate dinner and it came back. Aargh!

So the thing about summer is that I sweat a ton at night (during the day, too, and even more during the evening). I wake up overheated and drenched. Last night I soaked through my clothes and my sheets. I slept on a towel starting part way through the night. Then that got drenched. So I moved to the couch and put a fan on. I cooled off sometime after 5:30am. These nights make me want to shave my head because wet hair is unpleasant to sleep on. Other than that, I love night sweats. Really. I think summer works for me because my body detoxes a ton through the skin. No way I could complain about that.

Coiling

I’ve backed off on Babesia. I think I added too much too fast. My heart has calmed down a little between not coiling my shoulder blades and getting acupuncture yesterday. I’m trying to be careful not to overdo it.

Tonight is a Lyme coiling night. It’s been two weeks since the last one. I wonder if that’s why my joints are acting up. Tonight I hit the 5 minutes mark on my lower back. We’ll see how I am in the morning…or maybe it won’t kick in for a few days. We’ll see.

  • Lyme, lower back, 5 minutes
  • Babesia, liver, 5 minutes; chest, 5 minutes; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes

Detox

Today was the basics. I’m only using the non-heat setting on the BioMat since I’m sweating so much already.

I threw some extra turmeric on my tofu for dinner. And I had some artichoke hearts from a jar.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • skin brushing
  • yoga
  • BioMat (no heat setting)

Body

Night sweats, profuse and multiple. Yup, had those. My trick is to wear an athletic shirt to bed (the kind that wicks sweat away from the skin). It lets me sleep longer before I feel drenched and cold. On nights like last night, it’s sometimes better to skip a shirt and sleep on a towel. Then at least some of the sweat evaporates.

Nausea. What’s that about? Need a good cry, certainly. Coiled my head for Bartonella, well that can cause GI problems. Menses coming, I hope that’s not it. When I feel sick beforehand, then day one can be pretty nightmarish. New ulcer coming on, possibly. I’ve started adding glutamine powder to my breakfast shake (1/2 tsp) just in case. That has cleared up the beginnings of ulcers and resolved prolonged stomach upset in the past.

Achy joints. Got that too. Not having fun when I can feel every damn joint all day long. It sucks my attention away from other things.

Chest pain and heart palpitations, significantly reduced, and only in the morning and after yoga. Mild headache. Bouts of intense hunger. Lots and lots of floaters in my vision. I’m starting to feel like I’m looking out a window in the rain.

Sweating a bunch. Then tonight it got stinky. I hope that’s the end of the last Lyme Herx…

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