Antiobiotic Die-off help
I'm sorry you're having such a rough reaction to the new antibiotic, but as you said, that means it's working! I was reading through your post and thinking of all the die-off remedies I could tell you about, but Jody and Lisa (hi Lisa - almost didn't recognize you in your new photo) have beaten me to it!
The epsom salt bath is a very good one. I stay in it until I start to sweat - that helps remove some of the toxins. I've read that you should shower off afterward so your skin doesn't reabsorb the toxins. That seems to make sense. I always thought I shouldn't moisturize afterward, because that would seal it in. Just my own idea there.
Activated charcoal is something I've tried, but it doesn't seem to help me much. That may be because I have trouble getting consistent with it, as it's really hard to find a period of time where I can fit it in. Others say it can be very helpful, though. Just be sure to take it at least two hours apart from any medication, supplement, or even food, or it will soak up the medication instead of just the toxins. Some people also say chlorella does the same thing. I use chlorella myself and do think it helps some.
The vitamin C also helps to soak up the toxins. I like to use Emergen-C, which you can get at Walgreens. It's got 1,000 mg of vitamin C and lots of B vitamins and other good stuff in a packet that you just add water to. It even tastes good!
This may sound really strange, but try eating a couple of glucose tablets or a couple packs of Smarties, and see if that helps. It does with the protocol I'm on. The glucose helps absorb the toxins. I hate to do this, as I avoid sugar, but it works, so sometimes I do it.
My protocol is the Combined Antibiotic Protocol (CAP) for persistent chlamydia pneumoniae infection. We use n-acetyl cysteine (a supplement), and a combination of three or more antiobiotics to eradicate the bacteria in all three of its life phases. In my case, the antiobiotics are doxycycline, azithromycin, and Tindamax. The Tindamax is taken in 5-day pulses every 3-4 weeks, and that is the roughest part of the protocol. It makes me feel the way you're feeling right now. The trick for the CAP is to start slowly and build up as each antibiotic is added. There are also several supplements that support the protocol.
For me, when I'm doing the Tindamax pulses everything feels awful for the five days I'm taking it and at least a week afterward. These same reactions occurred at the time of starting the n-acetyl cysteine and each of the other two antibiotics. With those, they gradually improved, then I knew I was ready to add more. The Tindamax is the "big gun," however, and it'll be some time before it doesn't cause the reactions. When that happens, I'll know I'm making progress!
What antiobiotic are you trying?
Whatever else you do, you also need to give your body adequate rest. Pushing yourself at this point won't help anything, so take it easy! And drink lots of water like Lisa said!
I hope some of these ideas are helpful for you. I'll let you know if I think of any more!
Wishing you wellness,