Severe panic and insomnia

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   Posted 3/27/2018 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
So I started rifampin yesterday, only 300mg even though my llmd wanted me to do the full 600 mg right away (so it doesn't become resistant). Earlier my headaches and neck pain were so intense but now I'm having horrible insomnia and panic! I keep getting bad pain in my lower legs and feet, which I can handle but the panicky feeling is too much! Can herbs hit Bart? I think I need to consider something I can start very slowly. I just can't believe how insanely awful Bart is!! I thought Babesia was cruel but I now think Bart is in the lead! If any body has any advice or encouragement or anything at all please let me know! March has been the worst month for me!

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   Posted 3/27/2018 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi tonyaraven, i usually think of a favorite movie that i've seen many times and recite the entire dialogue in my head. Sounds stupid i know. But works for me. I am going through a similar time. I wish you well.
Tried abx and iv abx for 2 yrs, now trying herbs; Chronic Tonic (bottled) CSA formula, JK, Houttunia, Andrographis, Cats Claw, Oil of Oregano
Sx Aug '13-
Extreme fatigue, dizziness, head pressure, 1 seizure, ringing ears, crawling sensations everywhere, throat pain, groin pain, very cold hands/feet, joint pain, sole pain, body/muscle spasms, teeth/gum pain, constipation, depression, panic attacks

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   Posted 3/27/2018 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
This might be a little awkward advice, but when I was at my worst sickness I had good motivation when listening to the chapter Job.
Here is a link to a free audio book


Maybe worth a shot...

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   Posted 3/27/2018 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! Now I need to decide if I keep taking rifampin or just stop. I slept for 2 hours! It's the type of insomnia that no amount of deep breathing or tricks that usually work for me works. Maybe I should have named my post rifampin insomnia. Wondering if anybody else had this happen when starting rifampin? I was sleeping so well before.

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   Posted 3/27/2018 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going through this right now as well, I'm out of work and scared. It started after I began houttunyia and cats claw. I am averaging sleep 10-4 am with above the max dose of sleep drug.

Are you also experiencing periods of panic or severe restlessness during the day? This and my werght loss had me consider if it is thyroid or just bartonella?

I am seeing a psych Dr but he doesn't believe the infections, I am trying to decide if going on something for anxiety or depression could help

Sorry you are experiencing this. If there is a Mexican/global supermarket near you see if they have the chamomile flowers in the spice section and if you can brew the tea it has helped me a little bit on a few occasions.


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   Posted 3/27/2018 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry! It is so hard going through this! Everytime I think things can't get worse they do! I'm so sorry that you can relate!
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