Hi smcalumni96 -
It's pretty normal to be tired during treatment - this isn't like treating a UTI - this is a whole-body infection and it's best to allow your body the rest it needs whenever it cries out for it. It's clearly overwhelmed and that is not at all unusual when you're starting out treatment.
So, viruses either lie dormant or "reactivate" causing symptoms--they are not "curable". Even with treatment of antivirals they remain in our bodies. Most of the adult population has EBV but we "lymees", can certainly be overwhelmed if our immune systems are trying to heal lyme & co AND battle a reactivated viral load. And EBV is the only virus you know about
--ticks can sometimes also share viruses with us (other common viruses w/ lyme are CMV, HHV-8).
I have always struggled with a high viral load (unless I was actively on antiviral meds) and my main symptom is extreme fatigue. And of course, when I started lyme & co treatment, I herxed just like you because the treatment was hard on the body and the viral load was just lying and waiting for an opportunity to pounce. It's like trying to drive a packed car up a hill in 110 degree weather with the A/C blasting... something's gotta give.
So right off the bat I want to encourage you to take an antiviral (Rx or herbal) and see if that helps lessen the load on your immune system.
But you probably also need to increase detoxing--which the charcoal will likely help with. Start slow and drink LOTS of water. And then work up to as high a dose as you can tolerate. You can even add in another binder like bentonite clay - double up. I may have already mentioned this but my tx took a huge turn when I implemented pure cholestyramine and I chase it with bentonite clay. HUGE difference (although I've also struggled w/ GI problems so not everyone needs this in their arsenals.)
When you're ON the abx, they are killing lyme and the dead debris and toxins can overwhelm the body--which is another reason you need to be detoxing as intensely as you are killing stuff. You gotta get it out of your body at the same pace you are killing it or the toxins will build up, causing more symptoms.
I've also read that the borellia microbe can be more active as it is trying to evade the abx and maybe this stirs up more symptoms.
When you're OFF the abx, your body isn't struggling as much because there is less debris toxins moving through it.
Post Edited (Pirouette) : 5/30/2016 4:05:49 PM (GMT-6)