If you were perfectly clear about
what you were going to do... and didn't question all the "what ifs", I'd say you you didn't have LD... but, since you are... I think it's LD.... just my very non-medial opinion.
Well, I knew on some level that I did have LD, but I just could not accept it somehow. I had this kernel of doubt.... "what if I am imagining all of this. What if past trauma has damaged me". But then I would ask my husband, "If it's all in my head, how come I'm not being treated by a mental health professional for all this stuff "in my head"?
Then during a course of Rifampin and Doxy (after having been off all ab'xs for 6 mos.) I had my one and only really crazy bad Herx reaction. It lasted 10 days straight. I had done so little LD research that all I really knew about
a herx was that it could be a "good sign". The very first day I was in bed. I cried, vomited, had diareah, sweated nonstop (I think the bacterial die off and released toxins were trying to get out of my "host" body any way they could)... I was so sick for 10 days straight... on that last day at 5:30pm on a Friday I finally called my doctor and said "I can't do this any longer, I can't take it." I was told to discontue the medication until my next appt. The very next day (and the following 2-4 days) were the best days I have EVER had during my 8+ year hell-ride with Lyme disease.
The best thing thing that Herx did was cure me of doubt. I now have no doubt that I have LD and co-infections. I know how I felt for those few days. It was incredible, food tasted good, I could see clearly, no brain fog, I even did a cartwheel in my back yard.... and I thought "It's over" and then started crying. I didn't tell anyone that first day - I wanted to be sure.... by the 3rd and 4th days I started telling people.... man was I HAPPYYYY - I never realized that being healthy is so joyous and free. And then slowly, my symptoms returned... even though I was still on the abx's. I have since tried to replicate this combo of abx's since then with no success.
Sorry I hi-jacked your topic. But hey, let's talk more about
Take the meds. You'll know fairly early whether or not your body can handle them. I think any risk from abx therapy is much less than what would happen if you let LD go untreated.
We'll get through today - Jennifer
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, 08/25/08 - 10 weeks of IV Rocephin, my first visit to a Pain Mgmt. dr. - she was non-judgemental and will not prescribe me any "opiates" which in the end, is probably a good thing. Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Rozerem 8mg, Darvocet, Acidophilus, Rifampin 600mg, Levaquin 500mg, Lyrica 150 to 300mg,
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"How much more can I take?", song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs