Posted 9/21/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -7)
It's good to see that you've been reading up on this, Littlehutton!! As Madriver said she experiences, herx's can be different each time and is different for each person, so it would be impossible for someone to be able to predict what another person will experience. The definition of a Herx is a worsening of symptoms caused by the release of large amounts of toxins. This is why a few of us talk so much about detoxing.
The choice between using IV meds & oral meds is made by the doc. It depends on how long you have had the infection(s) and the severity of the symptoms. As far as recovery, that depends on things like how long you have had the infection, to what extent any damage may be, and how strong your body systems still are. Obviously, those of us that have had this infection(s) a very long time, will take much longer to heal. In my case, I was 1st infected with RMSF at the age of 5, and although I was treated with abx, no one knows what other infections I may have had that weren't treated. Since I'm now staring hard at 50 - I'll be in treatment for quite a while. I also must say that I have had many, many other opportunities to be infected & re-infected since that time.