One Herx to Rule them All
Well, fitting title for this post because after I signed off happily from my rant last Friday all prepared to enjoy my long weekend with 25 degree weather, the stars decided to pay me back by reuniting me with my bed. ALL WEEKEND.
I did manage to get out once to see fireworks, in between vomiting, feeling like death, eating a quarter of piece of toast all day, amidst trying to keep a conversation with someone and trying not to gag and generally walking around like a zombie.
I weighed myself yesterday morning and I’m scared to say that I am 101.5 pounds. Under any normal circumstances, I would be jumping for joy at the thought of how I would look in a bikini, because my goal weight pre-lyme was to be 110 pounds. I’m not that tall, I’m only 5 foot, and according to the BMI Calculator I’m only 19.8. Which means this is normal. But lower end normal. I just don’t like how I got here. People are already starting to talk. I’ve been told “you are wasting away, you gotta eat”, “OMG you look like a skeleton”. But how do you eat when you have zero appetite?
Well that is what happens to me when a Herx comes. The majority of my issues is upper GI. I have very faint joint pain, and swollen joints, I don’t know what’s worse. Besides this, I feel very dizzy and just generally really fatigued and brain dead. Sometimes I even question myself if I have lyme. Everyone’s symptoms seems to be joint and arthritis. Mine isn’t, but I do get it, just not on a massive scale. But what brings me back to the lyme world is the body buzzing. Like a bunch of bees in my body buzzing faintly. This is a classic symptom.
Well, today is Tuesday and I’m back but still feeling the lingering effects. My appetite has slightly come back and I was able to make some butternut squash soup (don’t yell at me for the carbs), and some banana fritters for my little guy that I can only drool over by watching him eat it.
Gross things I’ve noticed – please advise
- Green/white/brown tongue – please, if someone can shed some light here, help me out. Is this a result of the meds? or flagyl? or yeast? I’m on nystatin and probiotics, so what is this?
- My mouth has gone from metal taste to something foreign and alien like. I was tempted to cut my tongue off, but didn’t think that was a great idea, so I brushed it like it was on fire.
Possible reasons for my herx this weekend
- Doubled up on Doxy (now it’s 2 pills, 2 x a day)
- Started Flagyl and upped to 1 pill, 2 x a day
- Started my monthly cycle
Everything just aligned and as a result, it turned catastrophic. What else could you expect. I was tempted to stop the meds for one day but my lyme buddy said not to or she will come and cut off my hair. I must say that the last time I barfed was on March 28, 2011. That was well over a year ago. I know this because I rarely barf. And it was from the ever so famous lasagna that my mother in law made to which my husband cheekily says to me after the barf episode, “What a waste of a lasagna.” Then he gave me a big hug. And I wiped my mouth on his shirt.
I really really hate vomiting. I loathe it. But this time I couldn’t hold it. The actual vomiting was only 3 seconds, but I felt really good after. My husband loves throwing up. He yelled at me last time for giving him pepto. He says he feels free once it all comes out. I don’t know, but I will take all sorts of medication to keep it down. I even drove half an hour in traffic to get ginger candy. But that didn’t work because when I popped it in my mouth, I threw up about 3 minutes later.
Well, I’m back from the dead now and hopefully I will stay here for another 2 weeks.
I apologize for the grossness of this post.