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dmarie725
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How do you know the difference between "just a side effect" of the medication, and a herx or die-off of parasites or bacteria?

A few days ago I started a medication for parasites. The first medication I tried had no effect on me. This second medication, within about 2 days of starting it I got really sick (fever, aches, chest congestion, headache, etc).

My doctor says he believes this is a die-off rather than just an effect of the meds.

This medication targets the microscopic parasites, so I wouldn't be able to tell by passing any.

I'm just confused as to knowing the difference between if it's die-off or normal issues from the meds.

My fever was pretty bad the first 2 days, and now it goes between completely normal and low-grade fever.

Any thoughts or experiences anyone has had with this type of thing?

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Side effects don't usually involve fever.

I think your Dr is probably right.

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Have you mentioned the fever and how high to your doctor?

What people on the forum have said, is that a hertz usually brings back the bad symptoms of the type you had when your symptoms were bad. Are your symptoms the same as former bad symptoms? Like, if you had muscle aches during bad symptoms, a hertz will give you bad muscle aches.

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I would say my former/original symptoms seem to be a bit worse, as well as experiencing brand new symptoms...
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I'm going through the same type of thing right now, and was told that its most likely a Herx.
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I'm going through the same type of thing right now, and was told that its most likely a Herx.
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Hi winelyme...

are you going through it for lyme or parasites?

what have your symptoms been if you don't mind telling me about it?

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