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Dekrator48
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Reposting this article for new members who may have missed it:


http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7396/is_324/ai_n54480513/

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The fibromyalgia I've had for 32 years was an undiagnosed Lyme symptom.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". -Jeremiah 29:11

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thanks dekrator for the links... i am still wondering if the hormone disbalance is what contributes to LD or the reverse... has anybody felt substantial lyme sx relief from hormonal treatments?
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Dekrator48
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You're welcome, Shahbah.

My fatigue, sleep and brain fog improved significantly with biodentical hormones.

They did not help my pain or stiffness.

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The fibromyalgia I've had for 32 years was an undiagnosed Lyme symptom.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". -Jeremiah 29:11

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seibertneurolyme
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I wish it were that simple. For hubby at least we gave up on balancing his hormones. In my opinion the infections need to be treated a lot before the hormones can be put back into balance.

Bea Seibert

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I was greatly helped by balancing the hormones.

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This is a much more complex issue than generalizations make it sound. Hormone replacement will not help everyone with an active lyme infection. Hormones may only mask some of the lyme symptoms.

Targeting adrenal/thyroid hormone issues is useful while treating. Trying to replace sex hormones during treatment becomes problematic.

As Bea suggests, it may be more useful to beat down infection and then wait to see what endocrine function returns and what doesn't.

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Thank you so much for this info Dek. Your timing is perfect for me. I see my endrocrinologist next Thurs.

I was sent to her because my PCP ran the antibodies test for Hashimoto's and my number was sky high. This is my 3rd visit.

She did 10 gallons of blood work and ultra sound of thyroid. I've been hypo and goiter for 30 yrs, before lyme.

She lowered my thyroid meds from 125 to 112 2 mths ago and I'm struggling big time. I'm crying and I mean crying more in 2 mths than I've done in years.

My daughter says she has noticed I'm very on edge and just not right lately. I had already decided to talk to this doc about the research I've read that lyme patients need higher thyroid numbers to feel better than the average "healthy" person.

Blood test showed I'm post menopausal. Only one problem I'm having with that and it's important to my husband. So I hope to find some good reading from this Deborah Metzger MD.

This doc was very interested in my lyme history for last 12 yrs. She seemed to be somewhat knowlegable and asking good questions.

I put this site in my favs so I can go back and do some reading. It's helpful when you have endro specialist and lyme knowledge together.

I did some hormones with LLMD testing back in 03-04. At that time I was dying a slow death and it didn't matter what he tried on me I was failing everything. I did creams, cortisol, HGH for a year and finally gave it up.

24 hr urine with LLMD at that time didn't show any hormones. I was running on empty across the board. But in those days everything threw me into a tailspin.

Thank You, Pam

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A know a woman who took hormone replacement therapy and immediately developed breast cancer.

Aside from that, I'm concerned that when someone takes hormone supplementation that their glands can somehow sense that it doesn't need produce more, so they shut down even more.

To me, it makes more sense to reduce the toxic body burden and kill the pathogens that cause the glands to slow down in the first place.

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Dekrator48
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Thank you, seibertneurolyme, Lymetoo, Lymeorsomething, map1131 and chaps for your thoughts and contributions!

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The fibromyalgia I've had for 32 years was an undiagnosed Lyme symptom.

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". -Jeremiah 29:11

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