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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I never wanted to be a detective

One of the worst parts of Lyme is how it is all such trial and error, and there is so much "unknown" with this illness.  And it's unpredictable.  Even though I'm feeling pretty good on my meds these days, there are days when I'm "off", or when a weird symptom appears.  Last night, I got a bad case of diarrhea after dinner - 3 episodes over an hour or so. 

I tried to analyse the situation:

Is this from the Zithromax?  It can cause diarrhea, but usually I'm fine on it.
Or maybe it's a side-effect of the Banderol and Samento.  I've never taken them before now, so I have no idea what side-effects they will produce in me.
A herx!  Yes, it could just be a herx!  But I've never had diarrhea from a herx before.  Hmmm.
Maybe this is because I started eating well today, and my body is reacting to the lack of carbs and screaming out for sugar!
Or do you think it's yeast?  Yikes.  I really don't want to deal with candida right now.
Could this just be an intestinal virus?  (Hmmm....Not likely....I think I can tell the difference.)
Or worse yet......could this be c. difficile?  Ohhhhhh nooooooo!  You could get really, really sick with that.  Great!

And which is the correct answer?  I have no idea.

But I do know that I hate being my own detective.  What I really want and need is to have my local health care system taking care of me, answering my questions, and doing the detective work.

I guess all I can do is wait it out and see.  I don't think I'll even bother notifying my LLMD.  I know what he'll say anyway - stop all meds until it clears up.  So, that's what I'm going to do for now.

I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. Paula - hope you feel better today! I know so well those episodes, and then going through all the "what it could be" scenes. My husband laments, "I never wanted to be a doctor!"

    Anyway, have you had some sugar? Any sugar that might have been hidden in something else? That is very often the cause in my case.

    Hope things settle down for you sooner rather than later, and before all the other things start. I won't post here, though, because of TMI, but do email me if you want to discuss or ask. Being detectives together is about as good as we Lymies can get it at this point, which is not too shabby if you think of it. Better than what we get from our provincial health care (non)providers? Tongue firmly in cheek and fingers crossed for a change to come SOON!

  2. Hi Marlene,

    Thankfully, I was much better today. Still tired, but totally functional at work. Did you know it's a full moon???? Hmmmm...you know what they say about full moons and herxes! I'm really starting to think this was antibiotic diarrhea combined with a herx. I was just so chilled and flu-like yesterday.

    Hope you're still feeling OK off the meds. Enjoy the weekend, and Happy Easter!

    Paula :-)