The only allergy I had before I was infected was to soy. After infection (if it happened when I & my doctor thinks it did), I slowly developed more and more allergies, to foods, pollens, medications, even volcanic ash...and now am chemically sensitive in addition.
I have no information on the status of my immune system prior to infection (I was too young to remember). But I don't know for sure - I did have more ear infections than my older Brother (he's only 1 year older), but that's all I know.
If I stopped taking what I am taking now, I would most likely be back in the hospital again. When I stopped antibiotics last year, I got severe joint pain, bladder pain, etc. and I am still trying to get back to where I was prior to tapering down the Ceftazadime.
My immune system was horrible prior to the current supplements/medications and that is what lead ultimately to the Lyme diagnosis in 2007.
Allergies would be a lot worse also without the allergy medications...that's why I'm taking them. My Asthma flared up last year, which is what led to the use of Singulair. I get sores in my nose from severe allergies when not on the abx, also...my Allergist says it is from the sinus inflammation and congestion.
No, my gut would not feel better...I would have to go back to 24/7 TPN (vein feeding) without the meds. Domperidone enables me to swallow and eat some solid foods (reduces the symptoms of slow stomach emptying). I'm still trying to figure out how to get hydration without having to resort to IV fluids daily, but my gut is still unable to tolerate much liquid (swallowing water, if I can get it to go down at all, or putting water through my feeding tube, causes severe esophageal spasms, reflux, nausea, etc.).
Without the liver herbs, my liver would get worse again also (the TPN causes fatty liver, and if ignored, would ultimately lead to a need for transplant).
While it is possible the Doxycycline is causing the apatite suppression & nausea, I had these problems prior to starting the Doxy, so I don't know really how much the Doxy is contributing. Since the Doxy is via IV instead of oral (can't swallow pills), my guess is the effect on the Gi tract is minimal compared to the oral version.
At least now I'm on Doxy finally in an attempt to beat back the Lyme (and possible Ehrlichia/Anaplasma...test results haven't come back yet from IGeneX despite sending the sample in clear back in January!). I kept being told last year & the year before that I was too sick for Lyme treatment...but desperation pushed me to the point of doing some arm-twisting of my doctor and he finally agreed we needed to get started on that.
Thanks for your concern and prayers - they are much appreciated. It has been a long road to diagnosis, and I can only assume it will be a long road yet to go until I am able to get somewhat of a life back again...
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.