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jwick25
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Hello....

So something a little weird happened this morning, and I don't want to chalk everything in my life up to Lyme....

But.....

....I was standing outside talking to a neighbor for about 20 minutes. I was in the direct sun (hot!).

Suddenly, I felt very weak, shaky and hot....like I had to get out of the sun.

I walked into my house, turned down the thermostat (felt like I was on fire), put an ice pack on the back of my neck, drank water and lied on my back on the couch for a few.

At this point, I was sweating all over, shaky and anxious.

I suspect that my anxiety likely upped the discomfort for a bit.

I've read that many Lyme sufferers cannot tolerate the heat as well as they once could.

In fact, something similar to this happened to me years ago at a baseball game during the hottest day ever. That time was worse.

Could this be Lyme related?

I hadn't eaten yet, but I have been hydrating, so I was surprised that I was so affected.

Does anyone else deal with this?

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How hot was it??

I know I don't do well in the heat, but it's got to be around 80 before I begin to wilt.

Not having eaten may have had an effect on you also.

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Well, right now it's about 84. It was definitely hot in the direct sun.

Even now, I feel like I am experiencing the after effects. Still drained, etc.

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Yes this is a common problem with people who have lyme & co.

I used to love heat and hate cold, now its completely reversed.

Once I become overly hot its downhill from there until I get my body cooled down

Also some meds like Doxy can make this symptom even worse.

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20 minutes is also my max time in the sun and +80 degrees. I used to look forward to winter, but now I have become very sensitive to the cold as well.
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That's too hot then!

I would get something light to eat and then get in a cool shower. Then rest in bed for awhile until you feel better.

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jwick25
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Feeling a little better at this point.

I've been drinking water all day and flushing out.

I ate lunch and am about to have a snack.

It's so weird how suddenly it comes on. One minute I was fine....the next...

....the warning bells were going off.

Interesting that NJFitnessGuy has a 20 minute max time....and that was my time today.

I HATE the heat and humidity.

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I am definitely heat intolerant and love to be cool...well cold-ish

Saves money on heat! But not on ac

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jwick25
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I'm the same way, lpkayak! I'll take the cold.

I wonder if candida can cause heat issues too. I've never heard that before, but just curious.

I'm in Lyme remission, so it's always alarming when these types of things occur.

I still deal with anxiety and fatigue too.

I was sweating like crazy, shaking and hyperventilating earlier. It calmed down quickly once I got inside, lowered the thermostat and put ice on my neck. [Smile]

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In the past years I did well in summer months, and not so much in cold months.

Well, this spring/hot weather is also doing me in.

Now I can't take hot or cold - symptoms 10X +.....

Steve

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My hubby used to be heat intolerant. It has gotten better since treating.
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Carol in PA
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Your symptoms look like hypoglycemia, low blood sugar.

Early symptoms include:

Confusion
Dizziness
Feeling shaky
Hunger
Headaches
Irritability
Pounding heart; racing pulse
Pale skin
Sweating
Trembling
Weakness
Anxiety


Eat something!

http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-hypoglycemia


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If you are hyperventilating, rebreathe into a paper lunch bag.
This will increase the carbon dioxide in the blood which will slow down the too rapid breathing.


If you hyperventilate, you blow off too much carbon dioxide, which changes the chemical makeup of your blood.
Rebreathing your own exhalations brings the level of carbon dioxide back to normal in the blood.


After this happened to me, I decided to keep a small paper bag tucked away in my purse, in case it happened again when I was away from home.

I also keep a protein bar in my purse in case my blood sugar goes down.

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Lyme depletes us in so many ways.

Might be a good idea to replace electrolytes, magnesium, etc.

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Wow Carol.....I have to look into that because I definitely have those symptoms.

I'll ask my doc about this at my next appointment. Thank you!

I used to deal with a ton of anxiety from the Lyme and Bartonella. At one point, I kept brwon paper lunch bags in a few places in my house.

I also had one in my car.....just in case.

The anxiety has gone waaaaay down with treatment, but rears its ugly head from time to time.

Not full on panic attacks, but just elevated anxiety.

I've learned breathing exercises and mindfulness tricks to help with it.

Don't Epsom salt baths help with magnesium? Or is magnesium only absorbed though oils on the skin....?

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ALOT of lymies have NMH or POTS ,Look into that.
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Thanks, shoeless joe!

I'm not sure what NMH is, but I'll look that up (and POTS) and talk to my doc at my next appointment.

I appreciate it!

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I have heat intolerance with lyme. I always wear a large ventilated hat and stay in the shade. I have to drink a TON of water and not be standing for more then 5 minutes in the sun. I always experienced the same symptoms as you when in the sun. when the temp is above 85 I stay out of the sun and in air conditioning. for me it was never hypoglycemia it was heat exhaustion from the lyme.
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neurally mediated hypotension- NMH
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