Jul 312007

I developed a dry, hacking cough that would last a couple minutes after taking the Rocephin infusion (this started during the end of the Rocephin tenure which was a month ago). The cough got exponentially worse after starting Malarone (an anti-parasite targeting Babesia. I started Malarone a couple of weeks ago.) and would happen throughout the day. The coughing was continuing to grow worse as the days passed, and I grew concerned that the coughing was a side-effect of the Malarone. I was even more concerned that Malarone might be causing permanent damage, and I certainly don’t want the drugs adding to the Lyme damage, so I stopped for a couple of days until I could get a doctor consult. The cough got better during those couple of days, but was far from gone. It certainly was “proof” that the Malarone was impacting the cough. Today, after meeting with the doctor, he said the cough was a very common symptom of Babesia, and that people have the cough exactly as I described. I vaguely remember having a little cough (itchy thought with a dry cough) as a symptom of “Lyme”, but not nearly as bad as the present cough. The doctor said that the increased severity of co-infection symptoms is to be expected because the Lyme tends to take precedence over any other co-infections, and now that the Lyme has gotten better the co-infections (and their die-off?) can be felt and start to take precedence. Returning back to the Malarone today has returned the cough with a vengeance; making this the most irritating, though not the worst, symptom I have ever had. In all if this is a sign of improved Lyme, etc. than it is good, and worth the irritation.

Side Note: Very late, but I went and got blood drawn for another CD-57 so I should know next week whether the number has jumped significantly.

  2 Responses to “Cough”

  1. Can I assume that the cure is NOT worse than the disease?

  2. 😉

    The cure is better. I do feel much worse on the antibiotics, etc. than I did with just the disease. I see improvement, but it certainly isn’t fun feeling like garbage all the time; coupled with the concern of how long this going to take to get well. At least improvement can be seen.

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