I started rifampin with azithromycin last week for lyme. I had the most terrible brain fog, headaches like pressure and shocks back of my skull, burning pain on my back and chest, feeling of air hunger, weird sensations on the bottom of my right foot, lound tinnitus, sensitivity to sound, neck stiffness and pain, anger and rage, before I started the medication.
for about 4 days after starting this, I felt terrible like a herx reaction. aches, migrating pain shooting in my left arm and shoulder, just felt bad. then after 4 or 5 days it is like all of a sudden the brain fog lifted which was shocking cause I have had this feeling for so long, the headaches decreased and my neck did not feel stiff anymore, I felt calmer and did not feel so prone to anger, my level of concentration and memory improved, it felt like I could breathe easier. but the ringing in my ears, and the burning on my skin has not improved. yet.
I truly believe I the medication is treating enceplalopthy because I have every indication of having swelling in my brain and spine. it must be killing bartonella or babesia.
Lyme disease diagnosed October 2013. Suspect has illness for 15 years. misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, you name it. spent 1 year slowly titrating off klonopin after over 15 yr addiction and still in withdrawal. currently on rifampin, azithromycin, antifungals, and supplements.