More articles on herxing: www.lemonandlyme.com/Articles/Expect/Herx.phpUnfortunately, recognizing a herx is not always easy. A rise in symptoms can mean any number of things. Sometimes it's due to chemical exposure, allergies, medication side effects, or things that formerly seemed trivial like temperature change, weather, or even the phase of the moon. Herxes can even be symptoms you've never experienced before.
The truth is, the best way to figure out what is and isn't a herx is to keep a good, detailed Lyme journal. Keep track of which symptoms get bad and when, and journal what's going on in your environment. Herxes don't always happen instantaneously. They can occur hours, days or even a couple weeks later. When beginning a new medication, you want to pay close attention to your symptoms for a while.
I never did herx. I always say that because mine were never treatment induced. HOWEVER, I did get a rise in symptoms during the full moon. I have always been affected by the moon even pre-lyme. Maybe my body just goes through a natural cleanse each month. I certainly feel that I do this each spring and fall. I have always attributed this to barometric changes. I am susceptible to them obviously.
Most notably when I leave my home at 4,000 feet and go to the 0 elevation of the ocean. So as the moon waxes and wanes I think I feel the barometric pressure of it. Then along comes seasonal change - cold to spring and I feel that. Then hot to fall and I feel that. Always have and probably always will.
When I had lyme - oh my gosh - at first I just thought I was more sensitive because of lyme, but now in hindsight, I believe that lyme was just stirred up more with barometric changes.
Anyway MAF249, I'm sorry that I disagree with your idea of the herxing. I have seen too many that are in a stressful situation and that brings on a herx. Too many that ate sugar and that brought on a herx. I don't believe it is all antibiotic induced. But, I have been wrong. I'd just really like to see more of a basis for your opinion. Not trying to stir it up with you, honestly. We just want to make sure that the people that read this are well informed with facts.
Edited to add - I do believe that antibiotics can cause a herx. Not opposing this at all. The time line, I do believe can be longer than immediately induced.