It all depends on when the treatments are started according to which part of the life cycle the bacteria are in inside of us. If it's timed 'just right', people will be very quick to herx as they are catching the bacteria in the bloodstream to reproduce. If it takes weeks to herx, then the treatment was started when the bacteria wasn't in the bloodstream at the time. This is why it can vary so much.
It also depends on your current toxin loads though. A herx is a simple overload of toxins - but it's not so simple to solve much of the time. It can take a great deal of detoxing to lower toxin loads for some people, especially if they have very high toxin loads and gene mutations that prevent their body from detoxing effectively.
I agree with CD in that you need to be detoxing or detoxing more since you are herxing. She also shared some really good links that will be helpful.
gene mutations, mold exposure and multiple tick-borne infections can all prevent us from detoxing well, but we must be able to get those toxins out of our bodies. We need to detox by several means daily, as detoxing has a cumulative effect - the more you do, the better your body is at keeping those toxins flowing.
I have not had any of the gene mutation testing done, although I do seem to have the same kind of issues as those that do - so I figured it was best for me to assume that I did and work to get my body to detox much better. It took a lot of diet changes as things with my body changed,
I use a foot soak,
dry skin brushing,
Lymph massages as needed,
making sure my bowels moved at least once a day (sorry if it's TMI!)
pushing myself to drink at least 64 ounces of lemon water each and every day,
liver/gall bladder flushes (all natural) as needed,
Apple cider vinegar,
oil pulling with coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil,
using Yogi brand detox tea,
taking activated charcoal (when necessary),
and keeping the amount of stress in my life at a bare minimum.
But, there is such a thing as over detoxing, which can bring on a herx as well. Most of our toxins are in our tissues/organs, not in our bloodstream, so we have to do methods that will help 'release them' and move them into our bloodstream so they can be detoxed out. Over detoxing is when we move more toxins into the bloodstream than can easily be detoxed out by our body. So there's a careful balance that we must maintain between killing bacteria (which creates more toxins) and detoxing so that we can still be functional.This is why we suggest adding in more detoxing methods slowly (no more than 1 new routine every 3 - 5 days), and stop adding in more when you seem to be feeling okay or good. www.tiredoflyme.com/4-reasons-why-you-still-feel-bad-despite-detoxing.html
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)