Hi Janet - no trouble at all.
I have some bad days, I have some good days - this recovery sure is a roller coaster ride!
I tested negative for Bartonella twice but my LLMD suspected it was there. She muscle tested me for Levaquin (an antibiotic used for Bart. infections) and I was "good" for it. (Not sure if I believe in muscle testing - but she's the boss)
I started the Levaquin and almost immediately I felt a difference. Every 2-4 weeks, I break out in a rash. My old familiar Lyme rash came back with a vengance. I even had a new Lyme rash pop up on my other leg - maybe I had two bites??
The other rashes are strange and hard to describe: not itchy, some look like bruises and other spots look like scratch marks. I've had 3 rounds of these rashes come and go. And for me - thats awesome news as this is the first time I've had classic Herx'ing going on.
Every time I go through a round of these rashes, I like to think that I'm killing more bacteria - yeah!
The Bartonella rashes aren't a bother - they just look weird. My Lyme rash is a bother as it itches like mad!
The only other symptom that I have is the worst - the PAIN! The bottoms of my feet, my muscles in my legs, calves, thighs, knees - ugh - its bad. Somedays even my hands hurt.
I also try to think of this as a good thing. The pain is evidence that I did indeed have a Bartonella infection and that the medicine is working.
Its been a few months and I have to say that I FEEL BETTER than before I started the Levaquin. My mind is more clear, my memory has improved, etc.
There are risks with Levaquin, and I'm keeping on the lookout for any of those.
I've been on Doxy too - for about 11 months. I noticed tiny differences with it - but nothing like the improvements I've had with Levaquin.
I know that most LLMD's believe that a co-infection needs to be killed first, before the Lyme can be completely killed. That may explain why I've been on Doxy for so long with little improvement.
The one question I have is ... how long does it take to kill a co-infection? A few months, a year? I keep forgetting to ask Dr. E about that.
I hope I addressed your questions - feel free to ask more. We'll get through this Bartonella together.
Peace and health to you across the pond.