It's been a really long time since I've posted, so probably no one remembers me. about three years ago I crashed, and discovered I have probably been carrying Babesia and possibly Lyme for decades. After a very difficult year or so filled with suicidal thoughts and crippling anxiety, I began to recover. This after taking a huge variety of antibiotics, Mepron, herbs and vitamins for many months. Altogether I took abx for about two years, and have been off them for about 1 year. about two months ago I had some bloodwork done by my naturopath, because I was beginning to experience some headaches and mental issues again. Nothing serious, but I didn't want to let it go. She found I was deficient in Iodine, and put me on a very high iodine supplement. Other bloodwork suggested to her that the Babesia was flaring up again, despite the fact that we thought we had kicked it.
For about two weeks now, I've been getting progressively worse. Mostly headaches and mental issues--depression and anxiety. Especially in the mornings, which is typical for me. about a week ago I stopped the iodine, after reading that too much iodine can cause thyroid problems. I'm still getting worse. I've been taking CSA, Teasel and Houttounia (sp) for the past two months, on the advice of my naturopath. I cannot afford to go back to the naturopath at the moment, due to insurance, so I'm looking for some advice. I have a whole bottle of Rifampin in my fridge. Also have a lot of doxycycline. I'm not up on the most current protocols. We KNOW I have/had Babesia--Lyme itself was never proven. Would you all change up the herbal protocol? Stick with the herbs and add an antibotic? If so, which one? Would appreciate any advice you can offer. I'm not sure when I'll be able to afford another visit to the naturopath...
Well, I remember you, Notquitesoscared!
I think you are being wise in not ignoring these issues!! Unfortunately, I too know more about
the herbs than the abx, so I don't know if Rifampin and Doxy are a good mix or not, for example.
What herbal protocol have you been using? This would help us help you better, I think. But in a general answer, yes, I would change up my herbal protocol to be sure that I was using the most effective herbs to support my body and the most appropriate herbs for the infection(s) that you are dealing with.
And don't forget the support herbs and detoxing - they are just as much a part of our recovery as the 'killing treatments' are.