Generally about Lyme Disease
How to protect yourself and recognize early infection
Symptoms of chronic lyme disease
"Do I have chronic Lyme?"
Natural treatment for Lyme Disease
After disease - recovering
If not Lyme, then...
And here comes short list of diseases with similar symptoms:
The Herxheimer reaction, known as herx is very symptomatic for some diseases. It occurs when a specific bacterium is treated with antibiotics and start dying en-masse. It's a big shock for our body. Millions of bacteria die at the same time, producing enormous load of toxins.
Experience of the Herx reaction after antibiotics is a signal to perform several tests. A IgM class for chlamydia, tuberculosis, syphilis, mycoplasma... and so on. Ask doctor about more. He doesn't know? Choose a doctor with some brain then. It's hard to find a doctor who doesn't know which chronic bacteria diseases can produce the herx reaction, but I'm pretty sure this is possible in some countries.
The Herx will occur after the antibiotic treatment against any of the gran-negative bacterium, also in some other diseases. After having the herx, we cannot judge whether it's Lyme or any other gram-negative bacteria infection, perhaps it's a normal reaction to antibiotic? Maybe candida? Maybe use of metronidazole affected lamblia?
For every mentioned disease the herx looks very similar, as it's caused by the same toxin. No matter whether it's lyme, chlamydia or any other plague, symptoms will be the same - joint pain, problems with perception, depression etc. Mostly it depends on our own reaction to the toxin, not on toxin itself.
Lyme symptoms usually arise slowly, after few days - sometimes weeks, till it reaches a critical point, then it slowly disappears. In fresh infections it looks different, appears faster and lasts one - two days.
Mycoplasma infection give usually exactly the same herx as lyme.
More often is the herx caused by chlamydia species - it's easy to take such disease as lyme. Major difference is the herx - in chlamydia it starts usually at the same day we took an antibiotic, arises very fast then slowly fades away.
In syphilis the herx start at the same hour we took medicine, it is very strong - sometimes can be fatal. As fast as it appears, it's gone.
In case of lamblia infection and use of metronidazole (often used in treatment against Lyme), also a strong reaction appears.
Another thing needs to be mentioned - usually the antibiotic is used together with nystatyne or other fungi-killers. Massive killing of candida yeasts will result in the very nice pseudo-herx.
The Herx is not dangerous itself, but it's veeery unpleasant. Sometimes a patient prefers to perform a suicide than continue the therapy. Just visit doctor, take anti-depression pills and everything will be fine.
Do NOT stop the therapy, because spirochetes might develop an antibiotic - resistance.
How to deal with this? Very easily. Firstly, drink a lot of water, it will flush toxins away. A hot, short bath, no longer than 15 minut, 2 times/ day. The third way - take a blender, put a whole, skinned lemon in it, glass of water or juice, one-two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend it, drink and be fine :)