In mid-August, my doctor started me on two herbal drops as a pre-cursor to my IGeneX testing… she wanted to do what she called a “challenged” test where you start treatment beforehand in hopes that it bumps up anti-bodies in the system making some of the strains easier to detect.
The drops I’m taking are:
(links are below to the manufacturer’s website)
I haven’t noticed much of a change other than improved sleep and better consistency with my poo (I’ll spare you details on that). But I also tweaked my thyroid meds at the same time to add in T3 to my NDT… is the better sleep because of the drops or the thyroid? I will assume the poo is better because of the drops at least. So… I think this is good. It’s not making me feel worse. In this game, the absence of bad is good.
Upon diagnosis, she started me on Lauricidin. It’s basically some derivative of coconut oil that comes in these tiny little pellets that you swallow with water. I’m taking this for my HHV6 infection though, not for the Lyme. I’ve been on it for 6 days, a low dose to start (1/4 scoop). Tomorrow I get to increase my dose a little, and will do so for the next ~3 weeks until I reach a “full scoop”. Verdict after 6 days? Not noticing anything.
We’ll start antibiotics in mid-October after I get through a work conference where I have to give a presentation. She didn’t want to risk me feeling terrible during that period (and there is a risk that the antibiotics will make me feel terrible… it’s called having a Herx-a-something reaction…)
The–often shortened just to “Herxheimer” or “herxing”—happens after you start antibiotic treatment for spirochetal infections like syphilis, Lyme disease, and tick-borne relapsing-fever.
I hope since my case seems mild I won’t ever have these reactions! But we shall see. Only way to find out is to start taking the meds and crossing my fingers.
So scientific. 😉