Due to chronic inflammation from my Lyme disease and co-infections, I’ve been experiencing hypothalamic dysfunction. The hypothalamus is a region of the brain that is involved in controlling functions in the body such as appetite, body temperature, emotions, behavior, memory, thirst, sex drive, and the circadian rhythm. I have been experiencing difficulties in all of these areas.
One of my stranger symptoms related to the hypothalamus is gelastic (laughing) and dacrystic (crying) seizures. Recently, I’ve started having a problem where if I laugh or smile too much, I will start having a dacrystic seizure. It definitely makes trying to make the most out of life challenging.
I’ve been trying to get my brain inflammation under control. I’ve been taking liposomal glutathione more frequently, trying to work up to a daily dose. I also have an arsenal of herbal teas that I like to incorporate in my routine, at least when I remember to.
I seem to be having a MCAD flare this week also, which in turn increases inflammation in the body. Ibuprofen tends to help tremendously with periods of increased inflammation. I also take fish oil and turmeric on a daily basis to help with this.
I’m just trying to keep my symptoms under control until I see my Lyme doctor again in February.