I went back to my LLMD after a month off antibiotics. Progress has been teasing, but I am not “there” yet. He is not 100% on why, so we decided to adjust the treatment and go at it another way. I am now on a Lyme/Bartonella protocol that is targeting cyst forms of the Lyme. Apparently, Lyme bacteria come in different forms and can hide out in biofilm and/or cysts. Different antibiotics and natural products tend to target different forms deferentially. After the first week, I am feeling better.
After taking 8,000 I.U. of sub-lingual D3 every day for several months my level was still only 36 (goal 60-80). So, he told to increase to 10,000 for now. I will also change brands to see if that helps at all.
As a side note, I listened to the recording of my visit and I am a bad patient. Poor guy was trying to figure out the puzzle and I answered his questions worse than a politician. He must have been wondering if I had even heard the questions.
Supportive treatment changes (by me, not ordered)
Last year I knew someone who contracted salmonella poisoning. Part of the treatment included taking Cipro. After a week in the hospital and finishing her antibiotic prescription, she developed a C. diff infection to go along with the Salmonella that was still there. After another 2 rounds of taking multiple medications (including a new C. Diff medicine, Dificid) and then starting probiotics, she has been doing well. Another lady I know has a stubborn H. pylori infection. She has been taking multiple medications for a long time but still has some horrible symptoms. She started taking probiotics and, although she still has some symptoms, she is doing significantly better. This got me to start taking probiotics. I started taking it everyday for several weeks and now take it 1-3 times a week. That is what works for me. I know people who take it everyday. I favor the brand pictured, but I think important points are that it contain several different types of bacteria and that it is stored in a refrigerator. They are alive! Refrigeration helps to keep it that way.
In an effort not to reinvent the wheel, here is a link that has a lot of good information about probiotics: http://www.medicinenet.com/probiotics/article.htm