View Full Version : I have to go on antibiotics...what should I do?
02-09-2010, 09:54 AM
I'm in about a month and a half of 95% raw, and I developed a swollen lymph gland in my groin area. I went to the doctor who said it's infected and I need to go on antibiotics. I explained how I feel about them, and she was pretty adamant that if I didn't go on them, the infection would only get worse. Normally I would go out of there with the attitude of "well, she doesn't know what she's talking about," but it's a very progressive office, so I trust them more than I would normally trust a western doc.
That being said, if I do decide to take the antibiotics, what's the best way to keep my system in check? Should I be taking probiotics while taking the antibiotics? (Maybe at night, after I've taken the other pills?) Or should I just not take any probiotics, and do a mega dose after the probiotics are done?
02-09-2010, 11:04 AM
My thoughts are, I'd get the script and not fill it right away.
I've gotten swollen lymph nodes in the past ---long story, but I get recurrent shingles down on my right side (Had my appendix removed as a 5 y.o. child) and in the past, when it used to flare up, the node would also get swollen. but it would go down.
and just a short time ago, I slept in a really tight bra two nights in a row....too tired to take it off....etc, and my lymph node got swollen, but it went down, again. .
Drink drink drink and go on a rebounder.That gentle jumping supposedly helps your lymphatic system. If you don't have one, jump up and down on your bed or something! Maybe do a google search for .ymphatic system cleansing etc.
I'd wait and see before I'd do antibiotics. It won't hurt you to wait for a week, unless you are VERY ill, with a high fever etc and just can't shake it.
Maybe do some immune enhancing herbs too, if you want.....
02-09-2010, 12:10 PM
Would lymphatic drainage work for you.
02-09-2010, 12:29 PM
Probiotics during and after taking the antibiotics would be good. Take each dose of antibiotic with a large glass of water. Drinking extra water will ward off a yeast infection.
02-09-2010, 02:32 PM
Thanks everyone. I just wasn't sure about taking the probiotics while on the antibiotics, because won't all the good bacteria just be killed off?
I'm going to give it a day or two and then if it's still getting worse, I s'ose I'll take them. Meh. :(
02-09-2010, 03:35 PM
I'm not sure if there is a benefit to concurrently taking the probiotics and the antibiotics but for sure take the probiotics after you stop taking the antibiotics to help re-establish the "friendly" bacteria in your digestive tract.
I agree with the suggestion above about bouncing on a rebounder to move the lymph fluid. Also good is any type of exercise that will cause movement of the lymph fluid. A fun and effective lymph system movement that causes like a small tidal wave action in the body is swinging. You can feel the back and forth motion as you swing. If you have a park or playground in your neighborhood that has a swing stop by and take a swing for the next few days until the swelling goes down.
Also jumping rope is very effective.
02-09-2010, 03:58 PM
They are making antibiotics now with probiotics included in them. If you must take anti's, I would ask the doc to prescribe those.
02-10-2010, 10:10 AM
I'm not sure if it will help you.. but when I get sick I eat a lot of garlic.. and drink more water than I can stand... I do this to help flush everything out .. additionally for me garlic makes me secrete extra mucous and in large quantities clears my sinuses... I know that contradicts each other but that helps me a lot. =)
02-11-2010, 10:03 AM
Yes, I love raw garlic! I think it works wonders for so many things.
So..I did decide to go on the pills since the infection seemed to be getting worse and I wasn't really feeling it. So..boo. After two months raw, I feel like I'm going to be starting over in getting my body functioning normally again. Oh well. Maybe since I've been raw, I'll rebound much faster!
(Speaking of rebounding, I did make it a point to implement some bouncy-type exercising yesterday at the gym!)
02-13-2010, 08:09 PM
I hope it gets better soon!
Best of luck,
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