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Me: Achew. Achew. Achew.
Angel: Baby, are you sick?
It's a funny question to ask a person who's been bed-bound/chair-bound for much of the year. Still, I know what he means. This isn't normal Lyme migrainey, joint, stabbing, chronic pain. This is grab the tissues, can't shake the chill, get some hot tea, achy, cold/flu stuff.
Curious, I take to the web and search for something to justify it.
Explanation #1: Die Off (ie: Herx Reaction). UVBI activates white blood cells which creates a strong immune response in the body. Die off of bacteria, after the procedure, can cause fatigue and flu-like symptoms. Treating Yeast can also cause die off.
Explanation #2: A Positive Sign. Bodies overrun by Lyme don't usually respond to cold and flus. If I am symptomatic, I might have caught something. The good news is my body is actually doing what it should be doing to deal with it.
Explanation #3: A Healing Crisis. Healing crises are often described as an un-peeling of layers of illness/injuries (think new illness on top of old illness like wallpaper on a wall). The stiffness in my neck reminds me of how I felt when I initially got sick (over a year ago), the ache in my knee feels strangely like knee surgery recovery (six years ago), and the ankle pain reminds me of an old cheerleading injury (22 years ago). Couple that with hundreds of colds and flus, I'm sure there's lots of scraping going on.
Explanation #4: Change to GU Treatment. I don't think this applies, but my GU formulation did change this week. If this is related, it's probably due to die off (see Explanation #1).
Whatever it is, I'm sure it's a good sign. It's just hard to appreciate...especially on the heels of a recent good streak. Still, if it's working, I'll take it.
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