Starting antibiotics again and need some honest answers

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   Posted 5/11/2016 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all!

I'm super nervous/anxious/scared to be starting antibiotics again and want to be prepared for whats coming.

I've been sick for 5 years, got diagnosed with Lyme & Co 12/31/14. I was on Ceftin, Clarithromycin and Tinidazole for 3 months. I felt awful the entire time. My herx was constant and almost unbearable. I would have pushed through but my wedding was coming up and I didn't want to feel or look sick for the wedding and honeymoon.

Since stopping my antibiotics I've been on chinese herbs and of course have an intense detox regimen and supportive supplements. Despite all of that my bad days have started to outnumber my good and overall I feel awful again. So, I will be restarting oral antibiotics...Minocycline, Plaquenil and pulsing with Tinidazole once a month.

So, I want to be prepared for the herx this time and am just wondering if it is going to be just as bad as the first round of antibiotics. I had to take a medical leave last year, and want to be prepared for that and give my manager a heads up if need be.

Thoughts? Advice?


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   Posted 5/11/2016 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I would recommend you start one at a time and half dose...wait at least a week...before going full dose.
After a couple weeks at full dose, add in the second half dose first.

When I started minocycline, my LLND had me do one capsule once a day for a week, then full dose after (one capsule twice daily) And, he doesn't usually prescribe my antibiotics like he must have known it can be a difficult one.

I was dizzy on it for a couple of weeks...then it got better.

Before you start the abx - make sure you are detoxing daily...multiple methods...
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14; added biaxin Sept. 26/14 Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.; Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin); Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif; Nov. switched mino to biaxin.
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