I honestly don’t know what I “seem to be” right now.
It’s been a little over a week since my IV treatment, and I’ve been continuing to have hot flashes and increased joint pain all over my body (these symptoms were much more intense than I ever had prior to treatment). I thought, once the Clindamycin had worked its way out of my system that this would stop, and it was so bad Friday evening and yesterday morning that I e-mailed Dr. WK to see what he thought. I didn’t like his answer.
He said he was afraid these were menopausal symptoms! He said it likely meant the follicles he saw on my right ovary were not viable.
He said to go ahead with my 30-day dose of the two oral antibiotics and to keep him posted on anything else.
At first, I was upset – how could this be? I mean, my last FSH test was only 42 (menopausal numbers are more likely 80s and up). It can’t be over now, after everything I’ve done. I thought that I might at least get my cycle back and then see some improvement in my FSH and E2 and another year of TTC before it’s really over.
And his other local patient, “Dinah”, had NO follicles and an FSH of over 100 before treatment and he told her there was no chance she would conceive, but she did.
I just didn’t believe it.
And guess what?
I don’t think it’s true.
Last night I remembered something I had read on the message board about something called Herxheimer Reaction…there are different degrees of it, but it is a temporary adverse reaction to antibiotics. The system becomes flooded with toxins all of a sudden and there are various symptoms that can result, including joint pain and hot flashes. I happened to eat two Clementine oranges last night and felt much better this morning, and it appears that Vitamin C, among other things, can help.
So my guess is that is what it is. And my body will start to calm down now.
I start the other 2 antibiotics tomorrow morning.
Going to drop by the health food store today to discuss taking probiotics at the same time.
And started taking fresh cilantro again today.
Feeling better. So there. Take that, menopause.