my first herx was on amoxicillin (a penicillin) and clarithromycin, i was taking them for h-pylori (which i DON'T have, lol). this freaked me out big time, 3hrs after taking the pills i experienced
- rapid heardbeat (130bps) while sitting in bed
- chest pain, air hunger
- muscle twitches
5 days in, i developed parestesias in feet and pinch and needles all over feet and hands... i was TERRIFIED, never experienced something like this in my life and had no idea why could it be. I vividly remember taking magnesium because i was sure i have severe magnesium deficiency, which could explains muscle twitches and my heart issues. Looking back it looks very funny...
so yes, what u describe is a herx reaction , penicillin is bactericidal for borrelia, not much for bartonella though. I don't recommend treating lyme with homeopathy, not in the first phase, u can maybe try that later if u want to (i personally don't believe homeopathy works, except for very few conditions, especially life threatening conditions like a systemic infection, should be treated seriously with stuff that is known and proven it works).
Do some tests at a lab that is known to have sensitive tests for lyme, find an LLMD and accept treatment based on antibiotics, herbals or essential oils. These are proven in lab tests that kill bacteria, so you know you are not taking placebo.
I've been taking the homeopathic until I can see an LLMD and see what they think. Despite my homeopathic doctor's past success with me treating things I want an LLMD's opinion, and maybe some more tests.
It has been a couple days since I started a new homeopathic remedy and the penicillin, but whichever one is/was responsible the burning skin sensations in my shins and forearms is gone, and the odd sensations on the soles of my feet has lessened. What has ramped up is muscle pain in one of my outer shins. I wasn't really having that before but it is pretty bad.
Regarding lab tests, I assume these have to be ordered by the LLMD or another doctor. I doubt I could get my regular doctor to have my bloodwork sent to one of the reputable labs. What they don't do in-house they send to the local Quest lab. My Homeopathic doctor gave me a lab slip for the Bart test, but that is to Quest and I'm not sure I want to waste my time having it done there, especially if that would thwart getting my insurance to pay for it at a special lab.