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First things Herx

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I like to say, “First things first. Everything else in no particular order.”

I haven’t really caught up with my life yet. I thought I would make more progress on my kitchen, my paperwork and my correspondance today. Instead, I wrestled with the Lyme Herx.

I knew it was coming on last night. I woke up this morning in dreadful pain. From my elbows down and from my knees down, I felt like I was wearing a glove or sock of pain. The pain was in my bones radiating outward through my muscles to my skin. It had a slight tingle to it.

When I convinced myself to get up and move around, I shook loose the pain from my extremities and it all rose to my head. I had a searing headache with light sensitivity. I was very fatigued, to the point that whenever I was upright, I had the irresistible urge to lie down. The pain in my fingers was intense and lasted all day. My shoulders hurt and the joints were popping whenever I moved.

Lying on the BioMat, waiting for the Colestid to kick in, I imagined all the things I’d rather be doing than cultivating a headache. I managed to get up for a while to unpack yesterday’s groceries and straighten out a bit.

But then I was toast. I didn’t want to see or hear much. Both ear canals were hurting and the pain eventually crept into my jaw. The whole ordeal was unpleasant.

I have very mixed results with Colestid. I took two pills (a full dose) with coconut milk ice cream and peanut butter–a high fat meal that should have generated a bile expulsion in my digestive tract. The headache stopped progressing, but it never really went away. After a nap in the late afternoon (4:30ish) it lightened up enough for me to interact with people until about 9 pm when I was done for the day. Now I have pain in the back of my neck and the back of my head.

I’m considering filling a prescription for Welchol. I’ve heard of consistently better results with it. On the one hand, it’s much more expensive. On the other, if it works, it will be worth every penny and not much more pricey than the many supplements I take.

In any case, I’m giving myself the full week to tackle my piles of paper, back emails and owed phone calls. This Herx comes first. I knew this would happen, but I also know that I want to keep making progress on obliterating the infection.

Coiling

In the midst of the Lyme Herx, I’m continuing to chip away at the co-infections. While doing the Bartonella treatment, I had some chest compression. I took magnesium citrate right away.

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 4 minutes 30 seconds
  • Babesia, chest, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes

Detox

When my head hurts, I forget important things, like drinking my juice, or at least bringing it home from my parents’ house. Other than that, it was a normal detox day. In particular, I had a hankering for lemon water. I drank one glass before I ran out of lemon, so instead, I drank lime water using the organic limes I picked up yesterday.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • lemon water and lime water
  • colestid (2 pills per dose, 2 doses today)
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat/infrared heat (2 hours on level 2, 2 hours on level 2)
  • castor oil pack on liver

An interesting thing happened when I was doing the castor oil pack last night. The skin over where my liver is got really heat sensitive, almost felt like it was burning. But the skin was fine and when I touched it to understand what was happening, it seemed like a region just under my skin was burning. But it wasn’t everywhere that the heating pad covered or even the whole area that had castor oil on it. It was in a peculiar shape in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen that I assume corresponds to my liver.

Body

In addition to the Herx, as mentioned above, I’ve been itchy and my back is breaking out. I wonder if the Candida is dying off or, since I cheated with the rice last Friday and a carob (candy) bar on Sunday and Monday, if the Candida is making a temporary comeback. (I have to remember not to feed the beasts!)

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