So far, the thing I like best about the coil is that I’m getting my body back. I walk better. I have more stamina. I can focus more often. These things are a big deal after what I’ve been going through for the past four years.
The second best thing is that I’m in charge of figuring out my treatment. In some ways, that makes it harder. There is a certain comfort that comes from being able to rely on a doctor to figure it out. At the same time, I like having a chance to be in control of when I get my Herxes and how intense they will be. Granted, I can’t always really tell in advance, but I’m learning as I go, and I know how to under-do it rather than overdo it. I can also tailor my treatment to how I feel on a day-to-day basis, taking into consideration what my symptoms and my goals are.
The third best thing about using the coil is that there are no antibiotic side effects. If you’ve only ever taken a two-week course of antibiotics, you have no idea what I’m talking about. After months on something, your gut is a disaster from yeast overgrowth and a lack of good bacteria to digest your food, and the list of side effects that comes with the drug starts to look like a catalog of your newest, most intense symptoms. So not having those problems this time around makes me think I can stick with this treatment program until the Lyme and the rest of the infections are gone, gone, gone!
Back to the second best thing. I originally started out planning to treat Lyme and only Lyme until it was nearly gone, or at least the Herxes were no more than a mild discomfort. (I still look forward to that day.) Then I was going to treat Bartonella the same way. Then Babesia. Then when all was said and done, I would try to clear up the Candidiasis.
Ha. You know what they say about the best laid schemes of mice and men. That kind of plan has worked for other people who used the coil to cure their Lyme Disease. Not me. It seems that most of them skipped out on antibiotics after a short attempt and moved on to the coil early in their treatment sagas. Since I’ve taken so many antibiotics for all three tick-borne illnesses, I’ve messed up their cycles and they are all active right now. Meanwhile, the Candida infection was making my digestion unbearable so I had to start treating it early on.
The key to treatment, from what I can tell, is to reach the sweet spot of killing more that can be replenished by what’s left behind before the next treatment. That minimizes the Herx and other detox reactions while eventually eliminating the infections.
Where does this leave me? Well, I’m trying to treat them all. I have to find a way to keep increasing the time I’m coiling while managing many detox reactions at the same time. It seems like a slower way to progress on each infection, but maybe it washes out in the longrun since I’m doing them simultaneously.
It also means that I have to juggle the increases for treating each infection. That’s what I’ve been thinking about tonight.
- I’m really at the end of the Lyme Herx (I’m on the turkey-soup-smelling urine day) so I could coil for Lyme tonight.
- However, I increased the Bartonella treatment last night, which gave me a reaction: headache was back this morning, body aches are worse again, the pain on my left hip/upper thigh returned, my abdomen is swollen (the size of a woman who’s 4 months pregnant, and it’s just as hard)…you get the picture. So I could take it easy and only do Candida.
- But, I’d like to do another increase on Babesia since I had almost no reaction last night. Do I do it tonight? Do I wait till tomorrow when I’m coiling for Bartonella again? Do I wait longer because I’ll definitely do a Lyme session on Tuesday?
If there’s a right answer, I have no way of knowing.
I decided to bump up the Babesia tonight. If it’s a mistake, I’ll tell you.
Babesia wasn’t so bad. I’m feeling it now, a minute after I turned the machine off. (I wrote the rest of the post beforehand, just in case.) The tightness in my chest is moderate, like the second time I did a 30 second treatment. The lump in my throat, which has been with me all day, has gotten worse, but not terribly. My head and eyes are settling into some serious pain.
- Babesia, chest, 1 minute
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes
I continue to play with the BioMat. It is a great place to fall asleep. I was out like a light after only 5 minutes on the lowest setting. I slept there for 4 hours before I woke up to change my shirt and use the toilet. I slept well when I went back to sleep in my bed for another 4.5 hours. Whatever it’s doing, I feel the difference, even at the low settings.
Meanwhile, I’ve been helping out with some things in my family and I didn’t get to juice today. So that’s a bit off. I’m craving it now, but it has to wait till tomorrow.
- homeopathic support
- skin brushing
- BioMat/infrared heat (last night, 4 hours, level 1)
- castor oil pack on liver
I’m still not super sure about the psyllium. My abdomen was pretty swollen today. That isn’t uncommon. In fact, it was swollen for most of 18 months. My current acupuncturist said it was my liver (or liver meridian, not necessarily the actual organ) so I’m doing the castor oil pack. It could definitely be from the Bartonella die-off. But it could be from psyllium. I don’t know. Since I don’t know, I’m laying off the psyllium for a day.
I kinda felt worse this morning, but not terrible. The night sweat was pretty light, it was mostly around my neck. My feet hurt worse than usual. I was pretty tired. After I got up and fed Punky (the cat), I found myself spread across the couch, flat on my back, unmotivated to move again for a half hour. It took me a while to get moving. My mind was working, my pain wasn’t terrible, but I was dead tired with a bit of a headache.
The rest of the day (and actually the past two), I’ve been noticing that I’m slouching a lot. Maybe I slouch all the time, but my posture is bothering me because it aggravates the pain in my neck, shoulders and upper back. Those were hurting a lot today. The pain in my hands has retreated to my joints and is worse on the right side. My lower back was pretty achy as well. I would have been better off lying down more, but I had other required activities today.
As mentioned above, my urine smelled like turkey soup. It’s a funny part of the Herx cycle.
My abdomen is swollen. My digestion is slow. The pain on my left hip/upper thigh is back, but not nearly as bad as its worst days. Still, it is noticeable. For about 20 minutes this afternoon, I hand intense, throbbing pain in my psoas, worse on the right.
Tonight, I’m still dealing with a headache. I’m feeling rather restless, yet I’m tired. My whole back still aches, along with neck and shoulders. It’s time to call it quits.