Chronic Lyme Disease can bring on a host of different symptoms.  Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been finding ways to manage the symptoms, I wanted to share things I find helpful.  I am currently in year two with minimum symptoms.  But it was a long road to get here.  I like to tell people I am in my “maintenance” phase.  

I am not a medical professional and share things on my blog that are from personal experience.  Things that worked and still work for me today! I would strongly suggest you see a naturopath or functional medicine doctor who has experience treating Lyme Disease.

Another great option is meeting with a Lyme-literate doctor in your area.  You can find a directory HERE.

Now let’s look at some of the things that help me manage chronic Lyme disease symptoms so I can handle the day-to-day!

THIS POST IS ALL ABOUT HOW I MANAGE CHRONIC LYME DISEASE

Managing Lyme Disease Symptoms

 

Things I Do To Manage My Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms

Herbs and Supplements

While I know first-hand that medicine is required for most to heal, I have tried to lean heavier toward herbs and supplementation.  This was more the case once I came off all the prescription drugs in 2021 and focused more on the supplements to continue to heal.

I have a blog post all about the different supplements I used to heal and the ones I still use today to maintain good health.  I mention which were suggested to me by my doctors, and which ones I tried on my own that worked for me.  Everyone is different, so sometimes it takes trial and error. 

But if you are trying to heal on your own, this will help you at least start doing some research. 

Infrared Sauna

I LOVE my infrared sauna.  I owned a home sauna before I became ill, but once I understood what I was dealing with, I upgraded to an infrared sauna and was so happy with this investment.

In the book, Beating Lyme Disease, Dr. David Jernigan (2008) writes, “In the realm of assisting chronic or frequently occurring infectious illness, infrared sauna therapy is a vital part of any good treatment program. This is because of its ability to detoxify the body of heavy metals and toxins that are locked up in the fat cells.” (p. 183).

I own the Clear Light Sanctuary C Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna. I have included more information below. 

Biomat Sessions

Oh, how I love my Biomat! A Biomat is a heating pad that uses infrared rise and negative ion therapy along with pure amethysts to treat different health issues.  I use it weekly as a “maintenance’, but if I find I am struggling with fatigue, swollen glands, or inflammation, I will use it several times a week.

It is a great alternative if you do not have room for an infrared sauna in your home.  They come in several sizes to accommodate your needs.  I own both the Biomat mini and the Biobelt.

Biomats can be very expensive for most, so I listed another great alternative at the bottom of this post. 

Epson Salt Baths

This mineral-rich salt helps the body detox the liver and the skin. It contains sulfates that draw out toxins, lowers blood pressure, and reduces pain and inflammation.

My Lyme Literate doctor was big on these.  She wanted me in an Epson salt bath EVERY DAY for the first few months.  I will admit, I am not a bath person, so I was able to do 2-3 days a week.  When it comes to detoxing from Lyme, it is all about sweating.  These baths are great for that, pulling out toxins and of course, easing our aching bodies. 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

These were something I looked forward to.  When I was at what I would call my “rock bottom”, I was getting a minimum of two lymphatic massages per month.  Yes, they are pricey, but it was my time to relax and know that my body was getting what it needed.  Not only was I fighting Lyme, but I was also trying to detox my body with the overload of mold. That will eventually have its post.

Today I am only going once every few months to be sure my lymphatic system is functioning properly. 

Another great at-home option is using a percussive massage device. They help relieve pain, improve circulation, and repair tissues for healing. I use the THERAGUN PRO but have included some other great options at the end of this post. 

Using clean, non-toxic products

Since 2016 I have been deep in the world of non-toxic products.  I suffered from migraines since the age of 10.  It wasn’t until in my forties that I started learning more about the effects of cleaning products, candles, and even skin and hair care products can have on your skin. So by the time I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I was ahead of the game in regards to “cleaning up” my household and making my living environment a better place to heal.

In full transparency, we are not a 100% free non-toxic household.  But just switching out things that matter is a great start.  And by getting rid of heavy chemicals in our home, perfumes, and candles, my migraines are almost non-existent now.  

I have an entire blog post HERE talking about all the products I now use and find success with. 

For now, here are a few cleaning products I have been using for years in my home. 

Lots of rest and SLEEP!

I know more easier said than done.  In today’s crazy world, rest and sleep are usually the last thing we make a priority.  But it is SOOOO…important when it comes to healing the body.

Me, I went through stages of insomnia, from falling asleep but waking up 15 times throughout the night, to sleeping 10-plus hours straight. I was on a prescribed sleeping pill from my Lyme Literate doctor, but even that did not work half the time. I could not take melatonin or valerian as it made me wired, rather than put me to sleep.  

The best advice I can give is when your body is tired, slow down and REST!  Try and keep the negative energy around you to a minimum and ask for help when you need it. 

Reduced Stress:

I think we all know by now, that stress can wreak havoc on the body even when it is not related to an illness. And while we can not control what goes on around us, we can put the breaks on and control what we choose to allow to bother us.  We have enough stress with a chronic illness.  

Some of the things I found helpful were Incorporating meditation, yoga, stretching, and even journaling into my day.  Of course rest and healthier food options are also things to be mindful about.

Just try and tune out the craziness around us and calm your mind. 

Exercise as tolerated:

For those of you suffering from chronic illness or an autoimmune condition of any kind, you know exercise is the last thing our body has the energy for.  But movement is KEY to healing, just as much as rest.  Our lymphatic system needs movement to not become stagnant.

Something as simple as daily walks is better than nothing.  Rebounding was always highly recommended by both my functional medicine and Lyme Literate doctors.  Rebounding helps move the lymph in your lymphatic system, which in turn keeps the body detoxing.  Just 10 minutes a day helps. 

You can learn more about rebounding HERE. 

Coffee enema (when needed):

Coffee enemas are an effective and affordable way to detox the body, especially for someone with a chronic illness.  If you do not feel comfortable doing something like enemas at home yourself, colonics are another GREAT option.  They are pricey and need to be done more than one time to be effective.  So weigh your options.

Managing Lyme Disease Symptoms

Don’t Let Lyme Disease Define You

I am a firm believer in not letting your illness define you.  If you let your mind believe there is nothing you can do about it, then your body will continue to fail you.  As individuals, we MUST make an effort to get better. Not just accept our diagnosis as a defined dead end.  Mindset makes ALL the difference when it comes to healing. 

Advocate for your health!  Connect with people going through something similar! AND STAY POSITIVE!!

Products You Can Find On Amazon

I mention these because the ease of finding something these days helps!  And whenever you do not need to go from one website to another, it reduces the stress of searching and tracking shipments. They are also some of the more affordable options than some I mentioned above and are just as effective. 

Products Referenced Throughout Post

Please note: I am not affiliated with or sponsored by any of the below products at the time of this post. These are products I have purchased on my own and that have worked for me. I share them because I believe they are valuable and worth the investment.

References:

Jernigan, D. (2008). Beating Lyme Disease. Wichita, KS: Somerleyton Press.

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