Saturday, April 9, 2016

Lyme treatment update

I've been through about a month and a half of treatment for my Lyme disease since I last posted so I thought I would give an update on how things are going. As far as feeling better, I can definitely see in some ways I am improving.  I have more energy on certain days than I have had in a long time and I can see my old self coming back! I still have days of feeling quite ill though, most likely from the treatment, and my neurological issues persist (the ocular flutter and dizziness/off balance). I know the central nervous system issues will take longer to resolve and I'm in this for the long haul!

As for my first month of treatment, I did very well on the antibiotic and herbal supplements. However, I couldn't seem to tolerate the Alpha Lipoic Acid, Glutathione and NAC so we discontinued those. My doctor thinks it may be an issue with sulfur intolerance but in any event, my progress doesn't seem to be hindered in any way by not taking those supplements. 

My second month of treatment started the day before Easter and we switched my antibiotic to Azithromycin and I have to say, it's not agreeing all that well with me but I'm plugging along. It certainly makes me nauseous (no vomiting though thankfully and it subsides within a few hours), and it also makes me dizzy.  It's hard to explain the dizziness.  I guess it's kind of like I just don't have my footing, but then I guess I'm used to that!  I'm still functioning well and dealing with it.

In addition to still taking all of the supplements I listed in my last post for my first month of treatment, my doctor added the following to my second month of treatment:

  • Azithromycin
  • Resvoxitrol (the jury is out on this one. I get extra "spacey" after taking it so I may not continue)
  • Crypto-Plus
  • Nystatin

Also, due to low levels:
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A

In addition, I had some issues with low potassium in my recent blood work so we're exploring that as well and I will most likely be put on potassium supplementation at some point in the future. 

Overall I'm doing okay and like I already mentioned, I can see improvements in some ways. I definitely feel a lot more "off" though overall with this second month of treatment. I believe it's the new antibiotic so I'll be happy when that's done in 2 more weeks!

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