Bad Stevia Herx (brain/neck inflammation?)?

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   Posted 1/17/2018 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I've been on abx (doxy 100 mg 2x daily first two weeks then doubled it and added azithromycin, flagyl to it for the other 7) for the past 9 weeks after finding an engorged tick. Off and on joint pain has been my main symptom so far along with general flu-ish feeling. Well, I took 5 drops of stevia Sat morning and had horrific joint pain all day. My neck has also been cracking since then but now have neck stiffness and an inflamed feeling in back of the neck going up to skull. Yesterday I had a huge pressure headache along with the neck cracks. This morning I woke up and neck felt stiff and inflamed, esp right below the back of skull. Never had any neck issues before and am wondering if the stevia could have triggered it?

Does this sound like a herx or something else? Can a herx be a new symptom you've never had before?

Feeling horrid. Been taking lots of burbur-pinella along with turmeric and vitamin c and had to pop an ibuprofen.

Thank you!

Post Edited (kskiska) : 1/17/2018 5:27:14 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/17/2018 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, a herx can be a symptom you've never had before.

Some LL Drs use stevia as a biofilm buster - so that might be what's happening...released some spirochetes into your blood stream.
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   Posted 1/17/2018 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I'm herxing from sugar substitutes right now too. Or is that not a herx but rather a flare? Hope you feel better soon.
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   Posted 1/18/2018 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for the replies. It's a bit better today but still nowhere near where I was before taking it. Hopefully it passes.

The thing that worries me is I've read a number of people mentioning here and there taking one thing or another that sent them into a downward spiral. Scary how easily that could happen.
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