I think a herx is the only sign that you know you are on the right track. Spending months of your life on a treatments that isn't working cannot be good either. if you are doing a treatment that doesn't work then your infections is growing.
I disagree with absolutely never herxing. I spent way to much of my life on treatments that were not working.
With that said you do want to be functional.
I wanted to address something that is sort of implied here - not seeing improvements and continuing on with treatments.
I realize I never clarified that I would never stick to a treatment where I didn't see results after about
3 months. While it may be very difficult to know when we are having small improvements and may need to stick it out with a treatment a bit longer, in no way did I mean to imply that we should stick to treatments when we see no improvements.
We are often dealing with so many symptoms that we don't notice when one little symptom is slowly improving, and that's why symptom journals are so important, especially for those that are new to this. I kept one for the first several months, then learned how to read my body better, so now I no longer keep a symptom journal. It was hard for me to think about
every single symptom I had. I literally had every single symptom in the "Master symptom list", with the exception of the more serious heart issues, male only issues and infant issues.
But, when I 'hit upon' a treatment that really worked well for me, there was no doubt that my symptoms were getting lighter in severity.
So, we can do both - zero to very minimal herxing and not staying with a protocol that doesn't work for us.
For those that think they need to push through herxing - look into cytokine storms. You should at least be educated about
what you are risking, so if nothing else, you can get yourself to a hospital if you need to, should the herxing suddenly, without warning, get very severe. It's been known to happen and we have had members here go through that situation.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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