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laurisabelle222
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I spoke to my Doc and he confirmed that it was not side effects and that it sounded like a herx, which made me very happy.

The flu like symptoms happened after what i call an episode, where it feels like a panic attack with something pumping through my veins. It lasts about an hour and gets better with water and time.

After my first episode while on rifampin, I had flu symptoms for 24 hrs but then they went away. I havent had another episode and assume when I do, the same thing will happen.

Im thinking these episodes are the actual growth cycles and that is why the flu symptoms happened.

Does that make sense?

At first I thought herxes happened and stayed consistant for a few weeks, but this is more like something dying everytime i have an episode...

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laurisabelle222
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anyone?
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You are lucky. It can be different with everyone, every time, every drug.

Rather than "actual growth cycles" it is actually from the killing of the spirochetes that emit even more toxins as they die. Then there is the debris from toxins and dead spirochetal material that overwhelms the body.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herxheimer_reaction

Herxheimer Reaction
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I understand what your saying, that the toxins that are released from the killing of the spirochetes that cause the herximer.

What's weird is the episode that happened before the flu like symptoms is exactly like the one that happened often (before going on the new meds).

So I guess Im wondering why the herx happened after one of these episodes..

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It means you were very lucky as Keeb said!

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My herxes rarely last more than one day. They are fierce (sometimes not) and I usually have my wits about me enough to get in the sauna, do a coffee enema or take an epsom salt bath.
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I had a herx that lasted 4 days...couldnt breathe couldnt swallow felt like i was being strangled from the intense pain in my neck...what does that mean??
(I'm a newbie)

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LightAtTheEnd
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I have only had one herx for certain. I hurt too much everywhere to get out of bed for 3 days, and then I felt extra achy, fatigued and sick for the next week, and then I was back to "normal."

Two other times I have started new drugs, expecting a herx, but haven't had an obvious one, though there might have been a slight worsening of my symptoms.

Your episode or panic attack sounds like one of your symptoms, and a herx often causes your symptoms to flare or get worse, so it's no surprise that a symptom you had experienced before showed up just when you were herxing.

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Means you detox well.

Thank your body : ) and reward it with a good diet and exercise!

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More detail here:

http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf

Advanced Topics in Lyme Disease (Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines for Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses

Dr. Burrascano's Treatment Guidelines (2008) - 37 pages

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As important as any supplements, sections regarding self-care:

Go to page 27 for SUPPORTIVE THERAPY & the CERTAIN ABSOLUTE RULES

and also pages 31-32 for advice on a safe, non-aerobic exercise plan and physical rehabilitation.

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This is included in Burrascano's Guidelines, but you may want to be able to refer to it separately, too. To help support your body during treatment:

http://www.lymepa.org/Nutritional_Supplements.pdf

** Nutritional Supplements in Disseminated Lyme Disease **

J.J. Burrascano, Jr., MD (2008) - Four pages
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