I am trying to piece together the pieces of the puzzle of what happened to me. I didn't keep a journal, so therefore my memory is muddled. I am staring to keep one now.
I started taking Japanese knotweed, and cats claw in May 2016. 500mg capsules, as well as eleuthero tincture, 20 drops a day. I did herx for a couple weeks, but then I felt I was almost nearly cured for almost 2 months. June and July.
I then ran out of my herbs for about 2-3 weeks. I remained pretty well symptom free.
I decided that I would order the LB Tonic Protocol because I figured I could tolerate the other ones so this would be a more cost effective option. Stupidly I bought 2 bottles of it. And a teasel root tincture.
I started taking the pills slowly, and the teasel I took too much. My symtpoms came back, some new ones I have never had. I really stirred up the pot.
It hasn't settled yet. I still have been struggling, taking days off all herbs, then trying to start slowly again but I feel awful. I feel like I am getting heart palpitations and worse joint cracking even my head is cracking when I move it from side to side.
I don't know whether to keep trying with this stuff or not.
Should I just suck it up and try ordering the single Japanese knotweed, and cats claw? I am so fed up, the emotions from dealing with this is almost worse than the pain. Almost everyday I start having suicidal thoughts and thinking how can I live the rest of my life like this? I would never do anything to hurt myself, but I often envision things like assisted suicide for people with chronic illness. I feel so discouraged thinking I had turned a corner, now back to square one.
I don't know what else would even be an option for me, because I do not want to take antibiotics because I know I can't stomach them.
Any insight to my treatment plan would be much appreciated. Should I go with what was working in the past? Or try to push through? Or treat a coinfection. I just don't know, I thought I had maybe found a potential LLND in my area, but I don't think he is ILAD'S certified and he called it Lymes in an email, instead of lyme which made me question is validity.