It hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday afternoon. I had bad pain in my hips, pain down the outer sides of my legs, stiffness in my hips and legs, and my walking was slowed to a limp. I got really tired and started to ache all over. I still had the Bartonella restlessness keeping me from falling asleep, until I finally did, on the biomat, landing in a seemingly drug-induced stupor. I woke up a little more than an hour later and couldn’t move my arms for several minutes. I spent the rest of the evening feeling exhausted and achy. Then my jaw popped. Then my right hip popped (ouch!). I just wanted to go to bed and wake up a different person.
I was pretty upset by the sudden and extreme fall in my abilities. I felt fully disabled all over again.
I wasn’t sure whether the symptoms were caused by Lyme, Bartonella or yummy (prohibited) Mexican food from the previous night. So I tested it using the coil machine. I coiled my sacrum for 5 minutes for Lyme and my hips for three minutes each. Then I waited.
I woke up in the middle of the night. My back felt better. My hips and the outer parts of my legs didn’t hurt. But all the other aches and pains and some new ones in my neck and chest were roaring. At 4 am, I knew the Lyme was back.
Today, I’ve done a full-body scan of Lyme coiling. I figure I’m at the very beginning of the flare, so hopefully the herx won’t be too bad, even though I usually do it over two days.
Interestingly, the flare started on January 29 this year. Last year it started on January 28.
I’ve continued to coil my entire body for Bartonella, once per day, over the past two days. I’m itching (literally) to add more time and begin a bigger battle, but I’m not trying to overdo it. My decision to keep at the same amount of coiling for about a week seems right for two reasons. First, I can deal with the first Lyme herx without taxing my organs too much. Second, my kidneys started hurting this morning. I knew it seemed too easy up till now.
Unlike the autumn when my food sensitivities diminished as I continued to coil for Bartonella, they are pretty much in full swing at this point. I tested that out with some Mexican food (mmmm, corn tortillas, refried beans…). I got such a big reaction that the skin on my abdomen hurt from being stretched out so much. I think that whatever Bartonella bacteria grew between when I stopped in December and when I finally reached a full body scan again on Monday are enough to cause all the food sensitivities again.
Finally, I can’t stop thinking about probiotic bacteria. I’m already taking 3LAC twice a day, eating yogurt and drinking kombucha. I wonder if my body wants extra help after I took three days of antibiotics for a persistent and worsening chest infection or if killing off Bartonella is causing the flora in my gut to re-equilibrate. I’m considering another round of VSL3 in the next month or so if my mind continues to be pulled towards pro-biotics.