Monday, November 7, 2011
In A Treatment Rut
1) Detox. My naturopath recommended a 30-day gentle homeopathic regimen by Heel. My body has been through a lot and has had a lot of medicine (antibiotics, antiparasitics, etc.) going into from a long period of time. It might need a thorough cleaning....
2) Go natural. I've been reading more about Stephen Buhner's protocol. I've been on Cat's claw in the past and seemed to have good results. I'm also interested in trying Teasel root after reading some of the literature on it's healing properties. I've been on Smilax for a while now, and it seems that these three herbs combined could be quite a nice cocktail.
3) Resume the hardcore meds. I feel that I prematurely stopped taking antibiotics before, and I relapsed... Therefore, I'm scared of the same thing happening again. Some experts say that you should remain on antibiotics until you are symptom-free for three months. I am most certainly not symptom-free, and I don't know if I'll ever be comfortable taking antibiotics for as long as it may take to rid my symptoms. BUT- I will say that my fatigue and upper back have improved since being on the antibiotic injections. The other reason I am considering this option is because I have yet to take a cyst buster (which is necessary to kill Lyme in it's cyst form, which it often morphs into to "hide" from the body or antibiotics) while on the injections. I think this would be a very potent, but potentially useful treatment combination. I would need do it for at least a few months for it to be effective (since the borrelia life cycle is every 3-4 weeks).
So.... those are the options I'm left with. For now, I think I will let my stomach call the shots. Hopefully as that continues to heal, I'll be able to decide which one of these avenues I'm ready to take. Ideally, I'd like to incorporate all of the above, my main concern for now is where to start. One reason I'm leaning toward the antibiotic route is because I'd like to just power through it for a few more months and then be done with it. Not that it will be the end of my treatment, but I'd like to be done with antibiotics. I think my body will need to be rebalanced once I'm done killing off all of the good and bad bacteria in my body, and I'm anxious to start doing that. It's my true belief that the body must be balanced to heal itself, and I'm looking forward to getting "balanced".