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thehause
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Does anyone else here typically feel better in the summer months, as opposed to the winter months? I think the winters are harder on my now for whatever reason...
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Karensky
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I do...definately ! Be it the warmth or longer days of sunlight...I

don't know why...

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thehause
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Anyone else?
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My lyme doctor says winter is a stress on the body. So, he won't let anyone stop treatment in winter or if winter is approaching. It could cause a relapse. So, I had to continue treating, symptom-free, all winter and stop meds when spring came. (It worked for me. 6 years since I completed my treatment and still symptom free!)

With that being the case, that is the reason so many people with lyme see that they feel worse in the winter.

You have a compromised immune system and now the entire body is put under stress by the winter. The result is you feel worse in the winter.

If you ever noticed, old people start dying by about Thanksgiving and the rash of funerals lasts until about Christmas. When you are weak, you can't handle winter.

Anyone with breathing problems (severe lung disease) can't even go outside in the winter or they end up with pneumonia. I have known people like that.

So, some of the stresses of winter are the cold temperature the body has to compensate for, the cold air that the lungs have to breathe, the less healthy indoor air that we are all breathing, less sunshine meaning we have to rely on our vitamin D stores for vitamin D, etc. etc.

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thehause
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I feel way different though... Maybe it has to do with blood viscosity. I think it is greater than can be attributed to immune stress - I am indoors and stay healthy through the winter usually. Though I do know what you are saying.
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So, do those with Lyme who live in say Florida or California have an easier winter, healthwise?

DD had a horrid winter this year, so we are thinking of staying with friends in California next year through the winter months--just wondering if it would truly make a difference in her Lyme symptoms--

Those who currently live in sunny states, what are your feelings regarding your symptoms in the winter vs summer months?


(I do know that she doesn't do well in the heat of summer either, nor can she be out in the sun due to the abx, so maybe I'll just dig a cave in some canyon in California and see how is goes--lol!)

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I'm currently in FL, but wish to get back northeast soon.

I am horrible in the heat, way worse than the cold. Yes, A/C is on practically year round here.

I find that when up north as long as I dress warmly (covering face too) in the winter, I'm OK.

Just my 2 cents, hate the heat, love the cold.

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lymegal23
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I'm getting a little nervous about the summer coming. isnt alot of heat bad for lymies? I remember last summer I felt so warm. SOOO WARM. sometimes i feel like i was gonna pass out and couldnt breathe. I didnt know it at the time but it was probably the lyme

any tips on how to stay cool in the summer when you have lyme. and is it dangerous at all? like can you faint more often if you have lyme in the summer!?!?!

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back2game
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Yes, lymegal, I come so close to passing out too. When I'm overheated, I must lay down with cool cloth on forehead. Happens several times each day. Can't really go out here in summer, too devastating to my body.

I also sleep soooo much better up north.

Wish I could be more helpful, but that's all I got.

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I was in FL for a few days and felt better than I had in months! The warmth, sound of ocean waves and abundant sunshine the entire time we were there was so therapeutic!

I cam back to NY on a cold/dreary day and instantly felt tired!

I felt great in the fall too (before I was officially diagnosed) so think this long winter absolutely has an impact for me. Can't wait for some sunny/warm days.

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For sure is better in warm places and if you go everyday in beach you are helping great deal to your immunity add swimming benefits will be double.
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Maybe something to do with the Vitamin D3 levels.

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Winter is my best time of year...no outdoor allergies, no spiders, and my WBC counts are closer to normal in the Winter than in Summer.

I also have heat intolerance. But getting too cold isn't good either...but I recover from getting cold faster than getting overheated.

Hot weather makes me feel like I have the flu....probably a herx...

I like heating pads and stuff like that, but don't do well if the air in the room is too warm. I run an A/C as soon as it gets above 65 degrees outside. I'm enjoying the cold Spring we're having this year...

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richedie
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no difference to me

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The heat killes me. We winter in Florida because of my husband. He likes it hot.
Just greatfull the last two winters in Fl. have been cool.

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