I have known I have Bartonella, and I was treating it with azithromycin+Plaquenil for 6 months. Felt really great.
Now I switched to Rifampin+minocycline for Bartonella starting a month ago. Herxing a lot.
But just in the past few days, with the full moon and that time of month approaching (lined up together), I am feeling really malaria-ish and awful, worse than I've felt since starting any of the treatments.
This is not my usual herxing, not the usual pain, tiredness and mild sick feeling. Instead, I am having heating and chills, headaches, pain behind the eyes, a feeling of a malaria-like disease (the only way I know to explain it) etc. like I used to have before starting on the zith+plaq.
1) Can zith+plaq treat Babesia, even in a small way? because it seemed to be keeping these symptoms under control while I was on it. Doesn't plaquenil treat malaria?
2) Could I have had Babesia all this time, but had the Bartonella symptoms more intensely? I have very strong Bart symptoms but only minor Babs symptoms. I've had shortness of breath a lot, but not right now very much.
3) Is it ok to take Babesia treatments on top of Bartonella treatments? e.g. could I take Mepron on top of Rifampin+mino? I tolerate my abx really well, no elevated liver enzymes.
I am planning on calling my doctor on Tuesday to see if I can get in for a quick phone appt to see what to do. Just wanted to ask for input so I can be more educated when I'm talking to him.