Posted on Nov 11, 2009 in Blog |

Today, my mom came with me to my appointment with the physician treating my Lyme disease.  Mom is a stroke survivor; it is not easy for her to get around.  I explained to Dr. M that I will probably bring a different family member each time because he (Dr. M) has become a star in my clan.  Everyone wants to meet the man who gave me hope; the man I trust with my life. “Do you feel anxious when you go these appointments with Dr. M?” a friend asked. “Oh no,” I replied.  “I get stoked!  I know that all of my questions will be answered honestly and frankly.  I get pumped up because I know we are going to work on the next plan of attack; the next phase of my treatment protocol.” True to form, I left Dr. M’s office today totally excited, relieved, comforted that all my questions were answered.  Of course, the B12 shot I got might have added to my temporary “high.” So what did I learn today? I learned that Dr. M can find the exact place in my DNA strand that has the Bartonella infection and that I have a minimum of two types of Bartonella infection. I have been one antibiotic and in another week, will add another medication to battle the Bartonella.  After a few months, I will get another medication.  By that time, we will know what other infections of Lyme disease that I do or don’t have and will start treating them respectively. I learned that yes, indeed, I can herx from just 100 mg of Minocycline AND that it is not unusual to develop new symptoms while herxing. Herxing?  What’s that you ask?  Short definition:  it is the reaction one’s body has to a large dosage of antibiotics, usually an increase in painful symptoms.  For me, I had increased joint pain and loss of flexibility, increased headaches, twitching, cramping, and muscle pain.  I also developed new symptoms. So why would a person be GLAD that she is herxing?  Because it means that the meds are killing those damn bacteria.  It means the infection is dying; slowly, but surely. ...

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