The past 2 months I’ve been steadily spiraling downward. I’d been experimenting with different doses and regimens. Minocylcine, Plaquenil, Zithromax, Tindamax. My LLMD’s approach was to hit Lyme and my all the various co-infections hard. The only problem being that it hit my body harder. For 2 months I’ve been puking more than actually eating. My staples have been broth, gingerale, and occasionally if I’m lucky, saltines.
I called my LLMD many times frantically asking, ‘Is this normal? Why am I having such a violent reaction to these antibiotics? Is this the antibiotics reeking havoc, or possibly dare I say, a herx!?’
AND how the hell is one supposed to know the difference?
He agreed I need a break. How long a break he wouldn’t clarify- he first said to take away one antibiotic at a time and see which one was creating such a vile reaction. But I pleaded with him saying I need a break from EVERYTHING just for a week. My body needs a chance to rest and EAT and build back up a little strength.
So this leads me to my next question. One that is, much like everything else in the Lyme world, controversial.
What does one do when antibiotics aren’t enough? When antibiotics seem to be doing more harm than good?
These questions have no clear answers, and the usual answers are wrought with controversy and just as many issues as the typical antibiotic route.
The holistic route combined with the traditional allopathic route seems to be my next best bet.
Meaning incorporating more holistic aspects, (acupuncture, supplements, nutritional support, diet, oxygen, exercise, herbal remedies, detoxing.) with my next cocktail of antibiotics.
I’ve heard of success stories from both people who chose strictly holistic treatment and those who did only antibiotics without the accompaniment of any supplements or further support.
I think for me though, at least at this point of my illness, my goal is to find a balance between the two.
I’m slowly starting the holistic route but definitely not overnight. I’m tightening my diet to gluten free, yeast free, sugar free, corn free, and soy free, based on allergies/sensitivities. And I’m taking supplements, and detoxifying aids. While my body’s taking a break from the antibiotics I’ve been on for over a year, I’m trying to strengthen and support without adding any additional stress.
I am not trying to say which path is better. Bottom-line I have no idea. I’m just experimenting during this break from traditional treatment. I’m looking at a new world of holistic treatment, possibilities, AND incorporating them with antibiotics- that I didn’t even think to learn about before. And I’ll keep you posted!