Burning skin/pounding headaches when discontinuing antibiotic

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   Posted 4/15/2018 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I am wondering if anyone else experiences headaches on one side of their head as well as burning skin when cutting back on antibiotics. I continue to add herbals to my regimen with the hope that I can wean off the last two antibiotics but each time that I try I experience debilitating headaches and burning skin. Although I would love to be completely off antibiotics, they allow me to function and minimize my symptoms so that I can continue to work.

I am wondering if by decreasing the antibiotic does it allow the bacteria to replicate and spread or are the headaches and burning skin a herx? I do not believe it is a herx as these are not my typical symptoms and I only experience them when I cut back on the antibiotics. I know that the replication cycle of borrelia is long so I do not think that cutting back on my antibiotics for 7 days would give it enough time to raise havoc although I aye be wrong. Does anyone know how long it takes for Bart and bans to replicate? I am treating borrelia, Bartonella and Babesia and wonder which ones of these nasty bacteria is causing me pain? All thoughts welcomed and thank you.

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   Posted 4/15/2018 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe just do a slower cutting back. Is it on day 7 or 8 that you get those symptoms?

Try something like taking your abx only M/W/F each week for 2 weeks, then a week off.

Then back on M/W/F

Lyme is supposed to be 3-4 weeks, I think?

Bart and Babs are shorter - I think less than a week.

Did you do biofilm and cyst busters when you were treating lyme?
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
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   Posted 4/15/2018 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Girlie for the suggestions. I am on a a biofilm buster but just realized I am not on anything for cystic such as GSE. I had been on plaquenil for a couple years as well as tinidazole for nearly a year. The symptoms began on day 7. I tried doing this last fall and the same symptoms occurred but in a shorter span...more like a couple of days. It's been a few days and I decided to get back on the usual dose and hope to be back where I was before cutting down. I am thinking that my symptoms are either from Bart or babs but it's hard to say as there is overlap. I just do not want to allow the bacteria the opportunity to multiply and I am concerned that when I back off on the antibiotics and my symptoms get worse that this may be occurring.
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