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janice victorov
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Got a bad neck issue. So having major spasms in left side. Also, achey and sore, crying. Is it menapause? Idk. Seems like since getting into menapause stuff, everything hurts. Different than Lyme stuff.

Suggestions, would b great. [Smile]


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female hormones affect lyme. there have been studies that have shown this for a long time. for some reason the name Barkley in CA is coming to mind. not sure whay-but maybe google or search on here meno and lyme or something like that

very common for womans sx to change once a month etc

good luck. wish i could help more. bad, bad brain.

Lyme? Its complicated. Educate yourself.

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when my Bart started to get bad, one of the features I noticed was pain and popping in my neck. I also had problems keeping a brassiere strap up on

the affected side and I think this may have been shoulder droop. Anyway, keep an eye out for just

the usual infection stuff, but note your symptoms. Some people here on the boards say that

anxiety and Bart can be alleviated with magnesium supplements. See if something else can help and

then suspect menopause. Lyme screws up all hormones, not just cortisol/ thyroid, I should


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Neck issues on the left side - going on 6 mos now. Dx'd with Lyme in Jan 2013. LLMD ordered Physical Therapy for this. Went into menopause about 4 yrs ago - for me I don't see menopause related to my neck issues - but we are all different.

I went to my first appt this afternoon for an evaluation. I will be going to PT 2 times a week until we get this cleared up.

I'll let you know how this works out!

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From the Burrascano Guidelines:

CLASSIC LYME (Bb infection)-
Migratory- first a knee will hurt, then over time this may lessen and the elbow or shoulder acts up, and
later the joints calm down but headaches worsen.
Stiff joints and loud joint crepitus, especially the neck (Lyme shrug).
Headaches are often nuchal and associated with stiff, painful and crepitant neck.

As an extension of the effect of chronic Lyme Disease on the central nervous system, there often is a
deleterious effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Varying degrees of pituitary insufficiency are being seen in
these patients, the correction of which has resulted in restoration of energy, stamina and libido, and resolution
of persistent hypotension. Unfortunately, not all specialists recognize pituitary insufficiency, partly because of
the difficulty in making the laboratory diagnosis. However, the potential benefits of diagnosing and treating this
justify the effort needed for full evaluation. Interestingly, in a significant number of these patients, successful
treatment of the infections can result in a reversal of the hormonal dysfunction, and hormone replacement
therapies can be tapered off!

Pituitary and other endocrine abnormalities are far more common than generally realized. Evaluate fully,
including growth hormone levels. Quite often, a full battery of provocative tests is in order to fully define the
problem. When testing the thyroid, measure free T3 and free T4 levels and TSH, and nuclear scanning and
testing for autoantibodies may be necessary.
Activation of the inflammatory cascade has been implicated in blockade of cellular hormone receptors. One
example of this is insulin resistance; clinical hypothyroidism can result from receptor blockade and thus
hypothyroidism can exist despite normal serum hormone levels. These may partly account for the dyslipidemia
and weight gain that is noted in 80% of chronic Lyme patients. In addition to measuring free T3 and T4 levels,
check basal A.M. body temperatures. If hypothyroidism is found, you may need to treat with both T3 and T4
preparations until blood levels of both are normalized. To ensure sustained levels, when T3 is prescribed, have it
compounded in a time-release form.

For medical advice related to Lyme disease, please see an ILADS physician.

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