My husband, Larry is also showing symptoms of lyme. He does not want to get tested. The symptoms are there. He actually said last night, "What if I have lyme disease too".
One symptom he has I don't (at least not as severe as his). He has dry mouth/throat. During the day he can get by ok but at night he has to wake up and take a sip of water 4 - 6 times a night. His throat gets so dry and his tongue is stuck to the top of his mouth. We've tried everything we can think of. Does anyone have this problem. Is this related to lyme. Any suggestions.
I just went through this with my dentist the other day who said that between the meds and probiotics, my mouth has been so dry that only an hour after brushing my teeth (3 x a day!) I'd get that sludgy feel to my teeth again and constantly "thirsty"...
He put me on BIOTENE mouthwash to rinse out my mouth whenever it feels dry and I'm amazed at the difference after all these years...my docs just told me to drink MORE water.....and you know how much we drink daily!
This stuff is cheap and has really helped me a lot. It's OTC and only about $8.00 a bottle.....You might think about it - remember, it's a mouthwash, gargle and spit out! LOL
Natural Enzymes, Lactoferrin, Lysozyme, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase. (to boost and restore the defense system found in your saliva. Together, they help provide harmful bacterial protection naturally.)
He recommended this also because I was concerned about losing the helpful bacteria while chewing the refrigerated Acidophilus to keep my digestive tract healthy.
I checked with ALL my docs who are well aware of my long history with Lyme and they all ok'd it, so I hope it can be on your "can do" list. I had already been taking Aloe Vera in the morning and have never had trouble with my digestive tract through all these years.
For me, the dry mouth is connected with digestion. Docs have been stumped. After years of trial and error, I've found a few things that help:
1) ginger (you can get it in capsule form, I take one capsule with each meal)
2) comfree (Solaray brand herbal product that contains algin and pepsin to help digestion)
3) probiotics (enteric coated work best for me)
4) anything else that decreases gut transit time
The only time I've been free of the dry mouth, and accompanying tongue and throat pain, is when I tried the subsequently-banned rx Propulsid. It cleaned out my gut and my symptoms disappeared. They came back after I stopped the med tho.