One way to possibly tell if your current experience is a herx is to increase your detoxing.
If it helps, that's confirmation you are dealing with a herx.
I refer to myself as the Tubless Lazy detoxer - I use over 20 different methods and the only extra time it takes me is a few extra minutes in total each day. We're talking the time it takes to dry brush, a 30 second cold rinse at the end of my shower...and the time to prepare/take supplements and other detoxing "consumables" ;)
Many of us bookmark the site I'm linking below because it has quite the comprehensive list of detoxing methods:www.tiredoflyme.com/detox-methods.html
And, if you'd like to read how some of our members incorporate detoxing into their days, here's a link to a thread about
Because of all the variables with these infections, I've taken a multi-faceted approach.....and I'm really working towards making my body inhospitable to the bugs. This means correcting the imbalances the bugs caused in my body, healing my organs, detoxing and, lastly, a little killing.
I've found that most of us have crafted individualized protocols....some of us working with our LLMD's, LLND's, etc. Some of us (such as myself) were released by our LLMD's because we were at a level of healing they felt made abx inappropriate. Some have taken things into their own hands for various reasons.
All of that said, I hope you'll consider a more expanded herbal protocol to treat Bartonella - there are many more strains than tests and that's where an expanded protocol comes in.
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Jul '14 started what proved to be inadequate treatment ala PCP day after nymph deer tick bite
Sept '14 met LLMD - clinically dx'd with Lyme due to Bells Palsy - confirmed via CDC positive WB
Feb '15 transitioned off abx and started full Cowden protocol along w/LDN
Aug '15 started transition to Buhner's Lyme, Babesia & Bartonella protocols
Nov '15 stopped LDN - 98% healed!