Exhausted - A Lyme Disease Symptom

 

Have you ever been so tired that just the thought of moving makes you want to put your head down and cry?

There are days that I know I swim in the heaviness of exhaustion and my eyes beg to close for just a moment.  I don't dare because I know that I won't open them again for hours. 

Sometimes when my Lyme Disease is rearing up, I fight this symptom more than others. Tiredness and depression are symptoms of Lyme Disease.

When I feel this way I know I'm sleeping at night because I am dragging my heavy swollen with sleep body off the couch each night and wishing I didn't have to go through the motions of preparing for bed. And I wake up just as tired.

Is feeling tired normal with Lyme Disease?

Winter is always stressful for people with Lyme Disease. I hate cold weather because it makes my joints ache. But everyone seems to love snow days and winter sports. I'll smile and pretend for everyone else that I don't want to crawl into my cave of coziness and sleep like a drunk with a bottle. But deep down, I just want a nap.

Tips for feeling less tired

I know that many of us suffer from exhaustion and are looking for solutions. I came across a few that are actually helpful.

  • B12 injections
  • Yoga
  • Eat fewer simple carbs
  • Light walks to break up the day
  • Upbeat music
  • A cup of tea mid afternoon

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What to do if you are feeling more exhausted than usual:

  • See your doctor to make sure you aren't having a reaction to your medication.
  • Are you feeling depressed? Sleepiness is a sign of depression.
  • Are you getting enough sleep at night? We have some tips for getting better sleep. 
  • Try to get some exercise during the day.
  • Keep a journal of how much sleep you are getting and how you feel through the day to show your doctor.
  • Have you changed your medications? 
 

We aren't doctors, but I live with Lyme Disease and I know how frustrating it can be to feel like something isn't right. Our suggestions are not replacement for medical advice and I always suggest speaking with a medical professional when your symptoms change.

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