Monday, September 16, 2013

Abx are go !!

Today I took my first Minocycline antibiotic for Lyme. I am starting very slow and low. Half dose - 25mg and just taking it every 3 days. As soon as I can handle that I will start increasing dose and frequency. I know to expect a bad hex reaction ..... I guess tomorrow all will be revealed ... just how good or bad it's likely to be.

If i just cannot tolerate (quite possible because of my sensitive gut) then I will stop and instead try Bicillin injections. This will take the gut out of the equation and will also lessen any negative effects on my liver.

As a side note, I started Diflucan just after my last post. This was supposed to be in preparation for the Minocycline. I wanted to make sure any yeast/candida was under control before starting. I did have a herx reaction the first day or two, but not bad, and then I got horribly sick ... which was I think my liver saying Nooooo! I had to stop, just couldn't handle it. So will have to come up with a plan B for that.

Anyway, wish me luck ... I will probably need it :O

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Time for a slice of Lyme

 Just a quick post to say that after months of faffing around I am finally going to start treatment for Lyme Disease. My regular GP gave me Diflucan (antifungal) because of an ongoing systemic problem with yeast. I started that a few days ago and I am herxing quite badly on it. I spoke to my Lyme Dr this morning and he said that Diflucan is also a cyst buster, which means it kills the cyst form of Lyme and that could also explain the herx reaction. Once again he stated to me that he believes the only way forward for me is to get a PICC line and hit the Lyme hard. But, my parents are going away in October for a week or so and I am fed up with having to postpone treatment, so the Dr and I agreed that I should start now with a very small dose of oral Minocycline and just see what happens. If I can tolerate it I can stay on it until Mum and Dad return from their trip and then we can re-asses whether to put in the PICC or not. If I cannot tolerate the Minocycline I can just stop it and we will go for the PICC when Mum and Dad return. Aside from general herx which will be unavoidable regardless of if I do PICC or oral my main concern is how my gut handles the abx ... and this is why the Dr is suggesting the PICC, so that we bypass the gut. Makes sense so I imagine that we will have to go down that road at some point.

Anyway, patience is a virtue ... or some crap like that !!