unfortunaly, most llmd's use antibiotics. I can't. I have too many issues with that. (Yes, I've taken diflucan, probiotics, etc.)
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6-8 weeks is a hopeful guess (and marketing strategy). Your response will depend on your length of infection, co-infection status, pathogen strains, immune function, detox pathways, stress levels, diet...
I take both antibiotics and herbs. Before the abx and herbs, an ND treated me with herbs and homeopathy. No change in symptoms, so I quit the program.
Once on antibiotics, I began herxing. That's how I KNEW the program was working.
Some symptoms improved in the first few months, but most did not. I have been treating for 2.5 years, and am much improved, but still have many symptoms.
You must know when you are herxing. And you must know when symptoms are improving (not just cycling).
If you are herxing, keep going. Maybe change herbs or dosages, but keep going.
If you are improving, keep going. Some don't herx much, but they do improve.
If you feel nothing, or are just getting worse, re-evaluate. Do you need higher dosages? A different program? (Buehner, Cowden?)
With 6 years of infection, you may not feel much improvement in 2 months, but I think 2 months on any program is enough time to evaluate its effectiveness.
My first antibiotics, I had a herx and then felt better by the 3rd month of 3 months, but then relapsed 2 days after stopping them.
After I started 2 antibiotics from the LLMD, I felt worse for the first 2-3 months. It wasn't until the 4th or 5th month that I started to notice some improvement. My symptoms were not terrible to start with, so the improvement was subtle, but I could see a little more each month although the symptoms would still come and go and flare up more some days than others.
The past month, after over a year of Lyme treatments, I have hardly noticed any symptoms, and I once had 3 days a few months ago with lots of energy and no symptoms at all. Be patient, and you will get there.
I don't have any obvious coinfections, so your improvement will be different if you do. Of course now I have cancer to contend with, so I don't know how that will affect my Lyme, but so far so good.
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