Thought that I would share what I am doing. After 5-6 weeks of Rifampicin and doxycycline and Azithromycin, much improved- brain fog, moods, shoulder flared then better but persists, dental sensitivities flared, then improved but persist and night sweats/chills flared, then better but persist. Moods flared initially then were much better and gradually on doxycycline my mood grew increasingly depressed. (This is the second time that doxycycline has caused severe depression in me and when I looked at the literature there are clear reports of doxycycline-induced depression.
I had (phone) consult with Dr S and he has advised that I do 4-6 weeks of IV Claforan, in addition to Azithromycin Monday through Friday and Flagyl on the weekends. He feels most of my symptoms are Bartonella and Claforan is much better for Bartonella than other IV drugs. He said the fact that I am having the sweats within hours of the Rifampicin and the hypersensitivities in my nerves and mood variablity point to Bartonella. He is seeing improvements in patients with Bartonella symptoms with this protocol......I firmly believe most of don't get better because of untreated co-infections- particularly Bartonella.
I am having my line put in next week. I will continue to do Zhang herbs and my homeopathics. He also recommends Transfer factor which I am adding- will keep you posted.......ps I never thought I would do an intravenous but feel like it's time, for a short period.