Re: Panic attacks?
Panic and or anxiety definitely can be a symptom of Lyme. In my chronic stage, fatigue and my first panic attack really shocked me. I knew something was really wrong but was overwhelmed with attempting to get help for such (at the time) bizarre unheard of symptoms.
The fact that you have an increase in the anxiety during treatment for Lyme sounds like the medication is effective and is causing a die off response or Herx reaction, increasing your symptoms as the bacteria die off an poision your blood and lymph.
Some documentation suggests that the die off material is sent to the gallbladder to be eliminated but is reabsorbed back into the intestine and in turn back into the body's tissues.
I find a 30 min bath each day with two bottles of hydrogen peroxide and one to two small containers of baking soda are necessary as part of my program.
I would also either get a referral to a good psychiatrist and discuss the possibility of xanax or other benzo's in that class. In my situation, it is the only way I can sleep.
The baths will take care of the itching. I had the same reaction. All night long I was scratching!
Last edited by itsmylife; 09-19-2007 at 11:04 PM.