Hi bigcat -
Ugghhh... bloated belly. Might as well just set us out to sea and watch us float.
I agree with the others - the bloatedness and brain fog are sure signs of gut imbalance, which is usually caused by yeast/fungal overgrowth in our crowd. Some of us have this before we start treatment but don't know it and the treatment (regardless if it's herbs or abx) can make it worse and very obvious. Some of us have also had problems with probiotics creating imbalance.
There is no one-size-fits-all in the Lyme village.
With yeast/fungal overgrowth, the yeast produces ehthanol--yes, you read that right, just as if you had a brewery bubbling away in your gut. It distends your belly and through the blood vessels that connect your gut and brain, gets into the brain causing the brain fog.
This is the y/f overgrowth post Traveler mentioned - it's long but can help you determine if this might be your issue and what to do about
Read through it and let us know if you have any specific questions and let's see if we can get this turned around -
Chronic late-stage lyme—likely infected in '00; Clinically dx Mar'14 w/ Babs, Fry Labs+ Bart-like, CDC+ Bb. First treated 4-5 viruses & GI/immune. Herbal antimicrobials in May; IV port-started Rocephin in Nov; added vancomycin Mar'16;
DETOX: Pinella/Burbur/Parsley/Milk thistle/Burdock/Red root; Samento/Banderol/Enula; JK/Turmeric; BFM-1; antifung; many many supps; cholestyramine!