By Donna Gregory Burch.
Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only.
I’m constantly tweaking my treatment protocol for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme, hoping to find something that works better and gives relief. I’ve recently added a few new things that I’ve found beneficial and wanted to share, so here goes…
Using CBD oil topically
I’ve started adding CBD oil to my body lotion as a pain remedy. I recently stopped long-term antibiotics for Lyme because I’ve only seen minimal improvements in my health after taking them for more than a year. So far, my symptoms are still stable except for the return of my shin pain, caused by bartonella, a common co-infection of Lyme.
Bartonella shin pain is nasty and miserable! It feels like it’s throbbing inside the bone, and I’ve never really found a good remedy for it – until now.
I’ve been using hemp body lotions for more than a year. I find them helpful for relieving minor aches and pains, but they are no match for the shin pain I experience. I had a partial bottle of cannabis-based CBD oil that I wasn’t using, so in desperation one night, I combined my hemp lotion with a half dropper of CBD oil, rubbed them together and then slathered them on my aching shins, feet and hips. And guess what? It worked! Within a few minutes, the CBD oil numbed the pain down to a more tolerable level.
I’ve continued to use the lotion/oil combo over the past couple of weeks, and it’s consistently worked well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give long-lasting pain relief – the effects last an hour or so – but even a temporary reduction in pain is welcomed.
So far, I’ve been using cannabis-based CBD oil purchased from my local dispensary because that’s what I had on hand, but I’m going to experiment with hemp-based CBD (which you can buy online) next and see if that works just as well.
Earthing & sunlight therapy
A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on earthing (also called grounding) and got inspired to try it. Several studies have shown earthing helps to reduce stress, pain and inflammation, and improves sleep because it allows the body to connect with the Earth’s surface electrons.
A few days a week, I take a beach chair out in my backyard and sit with my bare feet and legs on the grass in the sun for about 15-20 minutes. Doing this serves two purposes: I’m getting the benefits of earthing, and the sunlight is stimulating my body’s natural process for making vitamin D.
Yeah, I know dermatologists would tell me I’m increasing my risk of skin cancer, but I’m careful not to overdo it. I do wear sunscreen on my face because I’m vain and want to prevent wrinkles, but I leave my arms and legs bare to the sun.
I can’t say earthing and sunlight therapy have caused a dramatic decrease in my symptoms – I don’t think I’m spending enough time outside to get the maximum benefit – but I have noticed I have more energy and mental clarity on the days when I spend those few minutes outdoors.
And for the first time in my life, I actually have a little bit of a tan on my usually ghostly white legs. I’m planning to buy an earthing sheet to see if I might feel more benefit. Stay tuned to see if it works!
When my new Lyme doctor suggested doing coffee enemas two to three times a week as part of my treatment protocol, I was not happy. I had never done an enema in my life, so it felt really intimidating and a little scary and just … yucky! But when you’re in pain every single day, you get to a point where you will try most anything.
I’ve been doing coffee enemas about every other day for a little over two weeks now. I can already say coffee enemas are a game changer for me, and I don’t say that lightly. I will be doing a full article on coffee enemas soon, but for now I will say they are great for overall pain relief, more energy and better mental clarity. I am so glad I got over my embarrassment and revulsion and took my doctor’s advice because coffee enemas are one the most effective treatments I’ve ever used for fibro/Lyme.
Now, it’s your turn: Have you tried any new treatments lately that have helped your fibromyalgia and/or chronic Lyme symptoms? Please share in the comments!
Donna Gregory Burch was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 after several years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She was later diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Donna covers news, treatments, research and practical tips for living better with fibromyalgia and Lyme on her blog, FedUpwithFatigue.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Donna is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines throughout Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She lives in Delaware with her husband and their many fur babies.