HI Knuks ,
Don't worry about
the length of your post - a lot of us here (like me) write some long ole posts!!!
Please let me give you the full definition of a herx;
The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction is what happens when a large quantity of bacteria die off - as in from heavy abx usage, whether natural or prescript
ion abx are used. This sudden increase of die-off results in an increase in frequency and/or severity of symptoms that you already have --- but it can also include getting some new symptoms (OH BOY!!!)
The only thing that will help to ease the flare up or addition of symptoms is detoxing - getting all of those dead little buggers out of your body. There are different ways that you can detox - internally with different pills/powders, by using a detox bath, using a detox foot bath, using a far infared sauna, & probably even more ways that I have never bothered to read up on. Be warned though - you may need to take detoxing very slowly - I did, as detoxing would give me migraines back then. I had to start with only 10 minutes in a detox bath and could only do that once a week for the first 2 or 3 weeks, but then I was able to slowly start adding more time, then I was able to add a couple more days a week.
One of the things about
LD - no matter what kind of stress a person may experience, even if they don't realize it's stressful, it's an opportunity for tick-borne illnesses to activate or to re-activate - and they rarely miss an opportunity like that.
I never had a rash that I know of - but it could have appeared on my scalp & I would have never known it. Roughly 40 -60 % of people who contract LD don't ever see a bullseye rash, but like me they will get rashes "of unknown origin". If should get a rash while in treatment, do yourself a favor & place a penny or a dime next to the rash on your skin & take a picture of it. The coins will give the doc something to compare it with in order to understand how large it is, are there raised bumps, or is it a smooth rash & so on.
I would stay away from that ID doc if I was you. He will only hamper your ability to heal from tick-borne illnesses at this point. For some reason ID docs are totally convinced that this is a rare
disease, when in reality it is considered endemic. There is the rare ID doc out there that actually understands all about
tick-borne infections and how dangerous they can be, but they are rare.
I'm not sure why your LLMD didn't want to test the tick, maybe he/she figured you have more than enough symptoms to give you a clinical diagnosis without the expense of testing the tick?? You can send in a tick for testing on your own, if you chose. The most reliable lab for tick testing & for blood testing on people is "Igenix" ( http://igenex.com/Website/[url] ).
The fact that your blood test that came back as a positive from the Mayo Clinic says a lot!! Your LLMD was, of course, wise to get you started on abx asap!!! You don't get a little bit infected with LD, just like a woman can not be only a little bit pregnant!! It's a really good thing that you LLMD is hitting you hard with the abx!!!
Hang in there!!! You are definitely headed in the right direction!!! We can sure help guide you through this journey.
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we will never cease to be amused!!!! :)
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP