This is something Ticker sent me... not sure if you have read it before.
"What To Expect When Taking A Nitroimidazole
The Lyme patient's response to taking Flagyl, or similar, is rather complex. On the basis of talking with about
100 chronic Lyme patients who have taken Flagyl and closely observing three Lyme patients on Flagyl/tinidazole I think there is a general pattern.
Days 1-6 Mild worsening of symptoms - aches, pains and general malaise. There are often palpitations and some difficulty breathing.
Days 7-10 The honeymoon. Patients feel dramatically better, often with all pain gone, energy returns.
Days 11-21 Unfortunately the honeymoon does not last. While the joint and low back pain may go away, malaise and neurological problems come on with vengeance. Profound lack of energy and motivation.
Days 21-33 Depression. For no known reason deep, deep depression starts about
now. It may lead to suicidal thoughts and be very stressful for family members. Being forewarned helps greatly so Lyme patients should warn all those around them before it happens. Depression typically lasts about
10 days. Some Lyme patients react badly to anti-depressants so there should probably be avoided.
Warning! Days 40-60. A number of patients have experienced shortness of breath and palpitations at about
6 weeks. These events may require an ER visit. This may be due to a sudden die off of the bacteria.
Days 34-60 Gradual improvement, especially in neurological status, manifest as "good days". Eventually the "good days" become seven days per week. Profound fatigue remains however and will not abate perhaps for six months. At 60-90 days there should be no symptoms other than fatigue. Time to take a vacation!
This list and schedule is almost exactly how ive felt since i started 3 weeks ago. i am marking on my calender the days where things change and when i move into the next phase. its been very close to 100% accurate.
BTW, I am now taking 3 pills of 250 mg flagyl per day and one pill of bactrim double strength. I will be on this for the forseeable future. I am very very sick now with herx. But i refuse to stop this regimen as i am confident this is gonna kill those little buggers. I am taking 3 percosets a day and that has helped me tremendously with the sickness and the pain. i want this gone!!
UC/Chrons - Feb 2004
Panic Disorder/depression - June 08
Lyme Disease - June 08
Dysplastic Nevus Syndome - birth
Currently: Treating Lyme Disease
Drugs: 6mp 75 mg|lialda 2.4 mg|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg|Trazodone 50 mg|WellButrin|Bactrim|PRN Perc/Tramadol