Lyme Disease Support Group

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. It is now one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the U.S. Lyme disease is caused by infection with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, and is primarily transmitted to humans as well as dogs, horses and other domesticated animals by the bite of infected ticks.

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Acid Reflux / GERD

Does anyone have stomach problems, like nausea or vomiting, that you believe is related to Lyme?

I'm having those type of symptoms, and it really seems to be coming in waves along with my other Lyme symptoms.

I'd love to think that once i start getting treated for Lyme, these stomach problems will be addressed too.

So far, the stuff the gastroenterologist I've been seeing hasn't cut the mustard. (I don't relish going back to him, he's rather abrasive...)

I don't have cramps or shooting pains like I know some of you have. Just the occasional nausea, and the not to occasional getting up in the middle of the night and getting sick.

Thanks....

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Cut the mustard? Relish going back to him? Your problem, my dear is Condiments on the Brain. You are in a pickle, for sure. Lettuce think on this one. I'm up so late because I needed to ketchup on what was going on with you all (and my horse *could* colic after eating a trashcan of grain left within his reach by a neighbor) but I will be going to bed soon.

Yes, tummy issues can certainly be a part of Lyme, my dear. Yet another icky face of Lyme. Try going on compazine or something, and make sure not to eat before beddy bye time. Check back on you in the AM.
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ooooh yes I have major nausea like morning sickness. usually cant eat a bite or take medications until around 9:30 or so in the am. Went through all kinds of GI testing before knowing I had lyme they couldn't find anything. My complete symptoms included nausea, bloating, epigastric pain. My "GI specialist" told me I was just fat and carrying my weight like a man would in the stomach instead of in my hips like most women. How do you like that diagnosis? The only place on my body that is heavy is my bloated abd. and I have been tested for everything under the sun that could be causing it (all negative) so I am assuming that it along with the other GI symptoms are the lyme. OOPS sorry to go off on a tangent but you know how it is I'm sure!
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OMG, grammylori, my abdomen bloated like that, too!!!! It was like being preggers all over again; in fact I finally got concerned enough to go to my regular doc and that's the first thing she said to me!!!! It was huge!!!
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Wow, this makes me feel a lot better. I've mentioned it to several doctors (about the vomiting and muscle pains occuring at the same time - could they be related), and got mildly chastised by 2 different doctors (one being the GI - like I was wasting his precious time).

So if I need any more GI stuff done, I'll be changing drs. And the likelihood of that's pretty high, we have colon cancer history in the family.
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Poor thing, it sucks when the people we rely on for help make us feel like we are crazy. Hope your tummy feels better, mine comes and goes. When is your Lyme appt, anyway?
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I had terrible nausea, bloating, and general malaise until I found out I was allergic to gluten. Seems like more and more people are finding this out. There are so many gluten free products out there now. It was a bit hard to get off the gluten (bread)but worth it all. I felt so much better. So I don't know if that's your problem, but it could be some type of food allergy. I think you get more susceptible to them when you have chronic lyme, because so much of your immune system is in your gut and with this disease after time it almost becomes an autoimmune disease. Your immune system is just damaged from all those lovely spirocetes causing so much damage. I'm also lactose intolerant and can't eat sugar. I swear there is barely anything left. Well that's not true, considering I've gained 20ibs, although I think alot of that's from the lyrica. So I would watch what you eat before you start having nausea and see if it makes a difference. Or give up bread for a day and see if that helps. Just a thought. Hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Kris
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Throughout this affair with Lyme I've had serious GI issues (obstruction. 3 surgeries. stomach perforation and nearly bleeding to death). I am meticulous about putting anything in my stomach without food! I take my abx with something in the AM and make sure I get lots of fluids throughout the day. (in frequent small sips!) Also I never lay down after eatiing or taking meds. If I am nauseous I will take a Prilosec or Zantac right away! Also a cup of decaf or peppermint tea is helpful. I also use probiotics 3 hours after each dose of ABX, and make my last dose, and food intake at least 3 hours before retiring! Hope this helps!
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before diagnosis with lyme I had severe pain in right quandrant. went to emergency room it was so severe. they ran all of these tests and decided to remove my appendix. When they got there it looked fine but they removed it anyway. Glad they did not take this approach when I had heart pain!!!
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Too funny Julie! I do know what you mean though. I was to the ER many times and my dx's ran from Ovarian Cysts to "all in your head". I finally found out there were "real" reasons for my pain. I think that is why I have so little trust for doctors!