As you may know, I and my entire family have Lyme disease and co-infections to one degree or another. I am the least symptomatic, and my symptoms are very mild, but we decided that it would be best if we went ahead and treated everybody before anybody gets any worse. So, this past Monday I started on the Cowden protocol.
The previous week I had had a cold, but was well again aside from a bit of residual reminders in my sinus cavity. Well, come Tuesday my voice got kind of "frogy" and hoarse--not unusual to Lyme. Wednesday it was a little worse yet, and I was having to constantly clear my throat, then yesterday I succumbed to full laryngitis so that I couldn't talk very well, and then today I really can't talk at all. There is not just constriction in my vocal capacity, but it is all accompanied by a dry, burning, sore throat which is worst in the mornings and at night. This whole event has really rather alarmed me...not being able to speak is...unspeakably (pun intended) unnatural for me--me who Mom says has been talking since I was born! Today I have had to resort to the clipboard and pencil to communicate. This morning I rather scared myself--I was trying to make myself heard, and it hurt so badly to try and speak, and people were laughing because I sounded funny, that I started to cry, and then I couldn't breathe and was literally gasping for air through my constricted throat...I am sure that I quite sounded as if I were barking, but I assure you it wasn't funny at all...I was literally afraid that I might asphyxiate...which was frightening enough to make one cry harder...but I did identify that I had to stop it or I would cease to be able to breathe altogether...and I was eventually able to stop. I was thinking that that must be rather what if feels like when people with asthma get an asthma attack. All that to say, it is the common consensus that I am having a herx reaction from the Lyme treatment. And since my throat area was probably still slightly compromised from the cold, I got a herx reaction to the detoxers and microbial bug killers in the form of laryngitis. That is the consensus...which doesn't make the condition any more pleasant...but there's nothing to be done about it, but to stick it out and hope that it doesn't last too much longer. The aspirin does help with the hurting throat, but there is not much to be done about just generally feeling blahzey.
~Has anyone else ever had a herx reaction in the form of laryngitis?
~To do list: Try not to cough, drink plenty of liquid--warm in nicer, keep the vaporizer filled, don't talk (as if I could!), DON'T cry, and wish you all a very happy day, with sincerest hopes that you do not have or will never contract Lyme disease.
Happy Day folks!
Yours Truely, The Laryngetical Lymey,