I think the reason he only gave me 200 doxy is because I am kind of in a catch 22 here. Antibiotics usually flare up my colitis/chrons which for me can be a life threatening situation. I didn't ask him, but i'd assume the reason im on such a low dosage is because of doxy not being as hard on the digestive tract. But that is an interesting question and i will bring it up at my next appointment if i haven't shown significant improvement by then. He did also mention that he thought i had the potential to herx quite badly..and the first two days i had brutal joint pain...now in the soles of my feet,fingers which i havent had before,worse than ever brain fog, anxiety, and tingling in my lips and my mouth. Its quite strange. Yesterday though I had a bit more energy..which is almost a miracle in itself. Today I had to cut my prednisone from 7.5 to 5mg and I am quite wiped out. 7 days at 5mg, 7 days at 2.5, then off. Every bit closer i get to zero hopefully will allow my immune system to recover a little bit more. He was also worried about
my being on the prednisone and also the 6mp, but I doubt i can come off the 6mp. He said he may at some point need to consult with my GI so we can figure out how to manage both diseases without stepping on toes.
Thank you for the wealth of information you shared. My dad has been burned badly on doxy so he already warned me about
the sun exposure! It stinks because I love to go hiking in the spring(prob where i got infected to begin with), but it won't kill me to cover up. He did suspect I have a co-infection of babs or bart due to my low grade fevers and high anxiety so i am awaiting further testing on that. I've read up on the yeast overgrowth and i never realized just how sick that in itself can make you. The diets recommended for yeast will be helpful for my weight as i gained about
20 lbs on prednisone and i'd like to get back to being ripped again. I am going to try the grape fruit seed extract for the yeast, and also the quercetin. I asked the dr about
exercise and he said he didn't want me to exercise until I came back to see him again so I am going to hold off on that... i've already been off about
2 months now so whats another month.
Hope to see some improvements also...maybe even a recovery?? :)
UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27. Several huge flares since then. Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum. Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 7.5mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg|Trazodone 50 mg|PRN Perc/Tramadol