Babesiosis / Lyme Relapse: First Herxheimer Reaction

Jason had his first Herxheimer reaction last week. It came… a little sooner than we expected based on his first round of medications. He was supposed to switch to his new meds in a day or so anyway when he started to feel like he was “Herxing”, but ended up feeling like he had the flu.

We chatted about it and decided that he simply wouldn’t finish his medication that day. After all, he will cycle back onto the Clindamycin and Quinine regiment in eleven days.

Some things to note:

  • It wasn’t nearly as severe as it was during his first go-round. He felt bad, but could function.
  • It resolved quickly–within 48 hours.
  • Lots of liquids and homemade chicken noodle soup helped him through it.

He has now transitioned onto his next round of meds; he felt pretty awful yesterday (fever, sweats, muscle pain), which may have been a reaction to the new medication. Because he is no longer on the quinine, he is having more neurological symptoms such as random twitches.

Today, however, he is alright. 🙂

I am so, so grateful that so far, his reactions have been minimal. Now, that doesn’t make any of them particularly fun. But, compared to the first time he was on this medication? He’s doing great. And I hope that’s a point of hope for anyone who relapses with Lyme/Babesiosis.

This is just this week’s update. Things are evening out, I hope – and the only way out of this storm is through it, so off we go!

The doggos can tell when daddy isn’t feeling well.

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