As the aches in my joints started increasing today, I knew it was time to start coiling for Lyme again. The plan is the same as I did for my first Lyme coiling season this fall: 5 days a week, weekends off, full-body head-to-toe, 3 minutes in each location. (Here is the full protocol.)
Last Lyme season, I was simultaneously working on Babesia, since it had the most pressing symptoms. Yesterday I did 2 full coiling sessions (head-to-toe + a major blood flow area totaling 22 minutes) for Babesia to see if I had a Herx from it. That’s the only way I know to test whether it is active. Nothing happened. No night sweat. No headache. No extreme light sensitivity. The only questionable symptom was hand pain this morning.
So I went back and looked up my previous notes about hand pain. I definitely had it when I started coiling my shoulders for Babesia. I’ve also had it when I started coiling for Bartonella. I’ve also had it in the past from taking drugs that caused Lyme herxes. I’ve also had it on and off since 2001. I tried to figure out a clean experiment to determine if the hand pain was caused by Babesia. I couldn’t come up with one because I’m not sure whether I would have again tomorrow either way. What I did remember was that for Babesia herxes, the hand pain was the last thing to show up, and only on days when I had all the other symptoms of a Babesia herx. I didn’t have the others, so I’m guessing, for now, that the Babesia is dormant. (I can’t quite imagine it’s completely gone, since everyone says it comes back in 3-4 months.)
Bartonella Planning Stages
Since I cut out 44 minutes of coiling daily, and I’m no longer processing Babesia toxins, I’m turning my attention to Bartonella. Over the next few days, I’ll be working out a schedule for coiling for Bartonella. From what I’ve heard, I’ll need to do it every day, like Babesia, and cover my whole body, like Babesia. However, I’m not sure if I’ll need to do my blood supply. So I’m going to read about it, maybe call some other coilers and use their experiences to direct my trial runs.
I’m waiting another week to start for two reasons. First, I’m starting up the Lyme coiling this week and I don’t want to complicate my understanding of the herxes. I don’t really know if I’ll have a big Lyme herx or not. If I do, I’ll know what I’m in for and pace myself with the Bartonella. Second, when I’ve tried increasing Bartonella within a week of starting my menstrual cycle, I’ve had serious problems, which I’d prefer to avoid. Since I started having gynecological symptoms during my trip, I’m already preparing for a few bad days, and there is no need to add fuel to the anticipated conflagration.
I’m writing out my reasoning in detail for myself…and for anyone who reads this and is trying to make their own program. I often wonder what on earth I was thinking when I did something. Later on, I’ll realize that my reasoning was sound, but the outcome was unexpected. Other times, I discover my reasoning was not so sound. It’s good to be able to go back and check. For other folks who are doing this on their own, I think it is useful to see a step by step process, checking one thing at a time, despite the myriad unknowns, before making decisions.
I’ve had to discover my limits. Overstep them and pay for it. Learn from my mistakes. Coil too much for what my body could process. Not coil enough to have any effect. It’s all observational. If there are any answers, we each have to find them for ourselves.
I went to a yoga class for the first time in a few weeks. Before I went, my knees were killing me and my hips were sore. From the location and type of pain, I knew it was both neurological and joint related. But I thought that stretching out my joints to bring more oxygen flow would be a good idea. I also keep in mind that I have to do enough to prevent further bone density loss until I get well enough to reverse the process.
It was a tough class for me. Several poses turned into balance poses for me (lunges and such). I fell several times. (Controlled falls because I don’t want to break a wrist or hip.) Anything that relied on the strength of the hips was painful and difficult. I used various modifications to get through the class.
But there was one highlight that I attribute to the rolfing session on January 19. When I did pigeon pose, I was able to put my forehead on the ground. Despite the pain in my hips, they were very loose and flexible. That was the only hip-focused pose that didn’t hurt.
Before I left, I made a commitment (by purchasing a multi-class card) to do 10 classes in the next 7 weeks. My bones need it. So does the rest of my body.
- Candida, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 10 minutes
- Bartonella, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes
- Lyme, 3 minutes on the 3 sections of the backs of my legs: butt+heels, calves+thighs, back of knees; 3 minutes each on the front of my feet, my shins, my knees and the fronts of my thighs; 2 minutes on my sacrum
I’m getting back on the detox wagon. Lots of water. Then I’m adding in the things I need to keep my symptoms at bay as I begin serious coiling again.
- skin brushing
- BioMat (level 2, 90 minutes)
- nap (1 hour)
- diatomaceous earth (1tsp+2 glasses water)
I’m not sure if the Lyme bacteria are waking up early or if Bartonella is on the rise, but I’ve had a rough day. My legs, especially my hips and knees hurt a lot. My hands and feet were bothering me when I woke up and now again this evening. I had loose stools this morning.
Since yoga, I’ve had a moderate, dull headache down into the back of my neck. My shoulders are making noises (especially the left one). In yoga, several times a joint, usually my knee or hip, made an unexpected, loud cracking sound. I got really tired after yoga and had to take a nap.
Tonight, after my first Lyme coiling session, my eyeballs are starting to hurt.
Basically, I’m not as bad as before, but the honeymoon between Lyme seasons is over.