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I was taking rifampin and zithromx for a long time and was doing okay. LLMD stopped the rifampin and switched me to omnicef...crashed big time after only two weeks. For some reason the omnicef is causing major stomach issues..and more neuro pain.

I am not sure if it was the loss of rifmapin or herxing off the omnicef? The stomach stuff has to be omnicef but the rest of the lovely pain I am not sure of. It feels like a knife in my stomach and yes I have taken tons of probiotics.

I cannot take levaquin...freak out on it. Do you have any good ideas to try next? I could go back on the rifampin but I have been on it for a very long time and it interacts with all my medicine. Any non stomach-killer meds to try?Thanks

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Hey, I assume you're taking rifampin for Bart? I had the same problem after coming off rifampin after 6 months or so combined with biaxin. Had a lot of stuff come back within 2 weeks. I've been looking into alternatives if you search bartonella there are a heap of posts on this.

Couple of good ones

I am doing salt/c combined with sovereign silver currently. Still getting some niggling bart back though. Am contemplating going back on abx, but my crash hasn't been as drastic this time, sort of gotten to a point and not gotten any worse so just hanging around to see what happens currently.

If I do have to go back on abx, I plan to do this until I get things under control and then try Zhangs HH or rizol MY used by Klinghardt to try and maintain things.

I haven't tried levaquin as i am worried about tendon issues, but it may be something I try in the future if all else fails.

Hope this helps.


Sx Start Jan 08 (test neg, but herxing)Susp Lyme, Bart + Babs??

Doxy 400mg + Amox 1g Jun - Sep 08
Rifampin 600mg + Biaxin 1000mg
Tinidazole 1000mg/day - Sep 08 to June 08

Currently taking Salt/C 15g (himalayan salt)

85-90% better

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It doesn't sound like the Omnicef is causing your issues but it's possible. I've been running Omnicef for over a month now with no stomach issues.

Levaquin is tolerable for many. I'm a few weeks in without any tendon issues yet. Extra magnesium helps (taken away from abx/meds)...

Load up on your probiotics.

Good luck.

"Whatever can go wrong will go wrong."

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