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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #18: Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction

Herxing happens to everyone in treatment for Lyme Disease.  What the heck is herxing?  or a herx reaction?

Herxing is what everyone refers to as “getting sicker before you get better.  Herxing is no joke!  A herx is a Jarish-Herxheimer reaction.  Basically, when you kill off bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus or anything  in your body you get a “die-off” reaction which is referred to as a herx.  

There is no way to avoid herxing when it comes to Lyme Disease.  You have no option but to continue to kill off stuff to get better.  Imagine how you would feel if something was dying inside of you.  YES!  Imagine that!  HORRIBLE!  Yes, you feel horrible.

Basically, your usually horrific symptoms will get worse and you will feel like you have the flu at the same time.  So for me, I get worse body pain and a migraine but also general body aches, joint pain, nausea, dizziness and an overall feeling of sickness.  And the best part is herxing can last days!!!  So right now I am getting infusions twice a week. So if I get infusions on a Tuesday I may feel sick Wednesday and/or Thursday and then just as I feel a bit better I get another infusion on Friday.  But, I can’t stop.  I have to keep the treatments going.  So I just know I will feel like crap most days so in the long run I heal.  Eventually, as there is less to kill off I won’t be herxing as much.

Here are a few descriptions of a Jarish-Herxheimer reaction

What do you do when you are herxing to help minimize the herx? 

Drink a lot of water with lemon

lemon water.png

Coffee enema

DIY coffee Enema

Epsom salt bath

dr-teals epsom salts

Alka-Seltzer Gold

alka sletzer gold pic

Unda Numbers

You can ask your ND about which numbers work for detoxing

unda numbers

Or you can try this 

Herx Drink 

8 ounces of water

1/4 cup of lemon juice

2 Alka-Seltzer Gold tablets

1500mg of liposomal glutathione 

Please remember to consult your medical provider before trying any of the above.


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