Anxiety at night: Herxing with Rifampin and Zithro

Well. I have to start taking my Topamax before my night dose of Rifampin, now. For the past two months I’ve taken it two hours after the Rifampin, before I go to bed. It helps me relax in addition to keeping away Migraines, so it seemed like a win-win. But (and this is nothing new) the anxiety I get at night, about an hour or two after the Rifampin, is getting unbearable! Several times I’ve been too scared to take the Topamax, for any number of illogical and plainly dumb reasons. One night I took it anyway just to prove to my brain that nothing was going to happen, which was fine. But I can’t go through that stress every single night!

I wasn’t sure why the night dose affects me this way while the day dose doesn’t, but after some thought I figure it must be because I take the first dose in the morning, after 12 hours of nothing. The night dose I take five hours after the Zithromax, so the potent combination must be what’s causing the worse herxing at night. I also have dystonia at night, worse than the day; it’s usually brief, but it almost always happens.

Today, and starting last night, I’ve had the left foot heat sensations. I’ve had no appetite and been experiencing stabbing pains in my torso–chest, stomach, intestines, just everywhere. Ibuprofen was a huge help so I can only assume inflammation, as per usual. Also, the left side of my face is exhibiting worser symptoms (esp. the muscles of my left eye), and I made a note yesterday that for the past three-to-four days, I’ve had worser numbness. I’m unsure if I mentioned it yesterday…

Despite this, I did have a few good moments today. I danced a little after the ibuprofen went to work. I took a bath and washed my own hair, even used the hairdryer. And finally by tonight, I’ve gained an appetite back. I’m still feverless, exhibiting that strange “stuck at 98.9” thing that happened a couple of.. months?.. ago.

This is off topic, but since I mentioned mycoplasma in my last entry… I’m pretty sure Rifampin also treats that? I know it treats c. pneumoniae, and some forms of the mycoplasma group, so I hope that it treats M. pneumoniae as well! That would be great, since Zithro definitely treats myco; I’m on possibly the most perfect combination of antibiotics for my infections–lyme disease, bartonella, mycoplasma–that there is. I have such a wonderful LLMD, and thank God for helping me get this far.

a rainbow at night

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3 thoughts on “Anxiety at night: Herxing with Rifampin and Zithro

  1. You have such a lovely taste in layouts! This one is so pretty. Alsoo~

    *hugs you though all the anxiety* It’s absolutely terrible. :( I hope that it stays away from you. I’m odd but anxiety and depression are really hard for me….so….I hope you are betting at handling them than I am.

    I’ve been getting stabbing pains too that my LLNP says are nerve inflammation. >.< They hurt so much! Maybe you are getting the same junk that I am?

    :D I'm so happy you're doing just a little better. One step at a time.

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    1. Aww, thanks! I try to make them reflective of me in some way. I have to enjoy staring at it for long periods of time, lol.

      *hugs back*

      I think it’s inflammation, too. I can’t think of anything else that would cause such random, painful sensations a little bit of everywhere. I’m sorry you get them, but maybe ibuprofen will work for you as well?

      <3

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